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Post Your Coins, Medals And Tokens With A Cornucopia

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In 1923, the US Mint a commemorative half dollar to mark the centennial of the enunciation of the Monroe Doctrine. The coin has one of the most stylistic designs of the entire classic series; the design was prepared by noted artist/sculptor Chester Beach. Unfortunately, it appears that Beach based his design work on the logo of the Pan-American Exposition that was held in Buffalo, NY in 1901; the Exposition's logo was designed by Ralph Beck.

Button with Logo of 1901 Pan-American Exposition


There are distinct differences between the two, but they do share a design theme that presents stylized versions of North and South America - the primary land masses of the Western Hemisphere. In each design, the two continents are represented by two contorted female figures that mimic their general shape. Alone, the female figures do not create fully-formed continent shapes in either design. To address this, Beck dressed each figure in a flowing gown that could be stretched to fill out the needed shape. In contrast, Beach used a combination of tree branches and a cornucopia to fill out the shapes and more fully form his map.

On the coin, North America holds a multi-stemmed tree branch in her left hand that is meant to form the eastern portion of Canada; in her right hand, she holds a smaller branch as she reaches out to South America and, with her right arm, uses the branch to create an approximate rendering of Central America. The figure representing South America holds a full cornucopia in her right hand and arm; the cornucopia fills in the northern reaches of Brazil and the countries positioned along the continent's northeast coast - Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

The cornucopia on the Monroe Doctrine is fairly subtle, but clearly forms an integral part of the coin's overall "Western Hemisphere" design.

1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Dollar





To learn more about the Monroe Doctrine half dollar, check out:

- 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial
- 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial - Coin or Medal With Flora Thread


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Belgium 1976 1 Franc


France 1938 1 franc


French Polynesia 1987 2 Francs


Italy 1954 1 Lira


Turkmenistan 1993 50 Tenge


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Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty) is a common motif on ancient coins.
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Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty) is a common motif on ancient coins.

Agreed. Such was mentioned in the opening post. How about posting a few?


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Ancient cornucopias requested. Here is my oldest one.

Vespasian dupondius, 72 AD. Minted in Lugdunum/Lyons. Fortuna holding cornucopia, branch and rudder.


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The obverse design of the 1935-S and 1936-D commemorative half dollars issued to support the Panama-California International Exposition (AKA the "San Diego" half dollar) is loosely based on the Great Seal of the State of California.

The coin doesn't faithfully duplicate the State Seal, but it does incorporate multiple elements of it into its design - the goddess Minerva, a grizzly bear, a sailing ship in the bay, a gold miner and mountains in the background are all included on the coin.

Per the California Secretary of State: The Constitutional Convention of 1849 adopted a "Great Seal of the State of California." Two main features of the seal are the seated figure of the Goddess Minerva and the California Grizzly Bear crouching at her feet. Other design elements include a gold miner, ships upon a mountain-rimmed bay, and the motto "Eureka," which means "I have found it." No mention of the cornucopia is made; the Seal does include a bundle of grain and bunches of grapes, however - the grapes are certainly apopros for California considering its huge wine industry!

Here's a version of the Seal that Aitken likely had access to as he designed the coin:

Unofficial California State Seal, Circa 1928


Did Aitken misinterpret what he saw on contemporary images of the Seal and think he saw a cornucopia? Did he misread written descriptions? - OR - Did he simply want to add an element (a cornucopia, horn of plenty) that helped to describe the natural abundance present in California? Unknown. What is known, however, is that as Aitken adapted the Seal to his vision for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition half dollar, the arrangement of the core elements was changed and a cornucopia was clearly added. He positioned the horn of plenty to Minerva's left, between her and the shield emblazoned with "EUREKA."

1935-S California-Pacific International Exposition Half Dollar





You can learn more about the coin here:

- 1935-S California-Pacific International Exposition
- 1935-S California-Pacific International Exposition - Original Holder.

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Great examples, everyone! Thank you for taking up the challenge!
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As with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition commemorative half dollar presented above, the official medal of the Exposition also featured a cornucopia as part of its design.

The medal was struck by the US Mint via a press installed within the Mint's exhibit on the Exposition grounds; bronze, silver and gold-plated bronze versions were produced. The medals were classified as So-Called Dollars (SCDs) by Harold Hibler and Charles Kappen and included in their landmark book/catalog published in 1963; they are assigned the HK #s 399-401.

On the obverse is seen the figure of Winged Mercury, the swift messenger of Greek mythology, symbolically opening the locks of the newly-completed Panama Canal to allow Argo the swift and magical sailing ship of Greek mythology to pass. The Argo carried Jason and the Argonauts on their voyage to obtain the fabled Golden Fleece. On the medal, the Argo was meant to represent the swift sea travel now possible via the Canal.

The reverse design features two female figures that are meant to symbolize the East and West Hemispheres. They are depicted sharing full cornucopias with the earth behind them showing North and South America. Below the figures is seen a seagull, a common bird of the Canal Zone.

The medal was designed by Robert Aitken, the artist who also created the designs for the Panama-Pacific gold $50 coins.

Here's my gold-plated bronze medal (HK-401):





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