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Commems Collection: 1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial

 
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 Posted 03/30/2012  9:58 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Next up is the 1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial in PCGS MS-65.

The coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first military engagements between the American colonial militia forces and the British Army regulars, first in Lexington, then in Concord and then again as the British left Concord and headed back to Boston through Lexington (all in Massachusetts) -- it was the start of the American Revolutionary War.

The obverse of the coin depicts Daniel Chester French's Minute Man statue; it was unveiled at the Centennial (1875) commemoration of the battles. The reverse shows the Old Belfry in Lexington; the bell in the Old Belfry was used to call the local militia to arms. Chester Beach was the designer of the coin.

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With a net mintage of roughly 162,000, the coin is readily available and inexpensive in grades AU through MS-64 -- the price break occurs at MS-65.

I'm very disappointed in the scanned images presented below as they really don't reflect the brilliant, blast white, cartwheel luster of this coin. In hand, it's "Wow!" (I really have to get a digital camera!)

Enjoy!


1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial -- Obverse




1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial -- Reverse



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 Posted 03/30/2012  10:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love this coin and the history that it represents. Truly one of the best commens in my opinion. Actually just picked up one of those not to long ago.
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Outstanding ... even if a scanned image.

I can only imagine how this coin looks in hand.

Interesting tidbit is Chester Beach involvement with the design of this coin ... he (Mr. Beach) being one of my favorite designers in the classic commemorative series.

History records that separate committees from both Lexington and Concord were pushing to have a commemorative made ... and unknown to each other, both contacted Chester Beach to prepare the designs for submission to the Commission of Fine Arts.

Beach resolved this dilemma by asking both committees to pay 1/2 of his fee ... and designed the obverse for the Concord committee ... and the reverse for the Lexington committee.

Today we have the Lexington-Concord half dollar ... a commemorative that actually commemorates an event of national significance.

Thanks for sharing your quality coins commems.

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Nickel that is a very interesting tidbit I did not know. Just thinking about what the coin represents sends chills up my back
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Another great coin! I enjoy reading your details on them too.
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