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 Posted 09/03/2021  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My favorite "coin with a horse" within the modern US commemorative series is, without a doubt, the first coin of the series - the 1982 George Washington 250th Birth Anniversary half dollar. To my eyes, the execution of its design is top shelf!

1982 George Washington Half Dollar


The coin presents noted equestrian George Washington on its obverse and a depiction of his Mount Vernon home on its reverse. The coin was designed/modeled by US Mint Chief Sculptor-Engraver Elizabeth Jones, an outstanding artist and the creator of several noteworthy designs within the modern US commemorative series (IMO, her design of Nike, the goddess of Victory, for the obverse of the 1988 Olympic Games gold quarter eagle is of particular note).

Washington Receiving a Salute on the Field of Trenton

(Image Credit: Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs division. http://www.loc.gov Public Domain.)


XYZ View of Washington's Mount Vernon Home

(Image Credit: Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs division. http://www.loc.gov Public Domain.)

The two Library of Congress images I've presented above appear to be plausible reference sources for Jones' designs.

The Washington half dollar was highly anticipated by collectors, and went on to sell millions of both its proof and uncirculated versions. The piece is often used as a "gateway coin" to encourage new collectors to consider US commemorative coins as a collecting pursuit due to its ready market availability and reasonable price point.

For many years - until the run up of silver over the past year or so - George Washington silver half dollars were often available for noticeably less than $10 - often for around $5.00. They were a great giveaway item for coin clubs to use to promote the hobby!

I visited Mount Vernon in my youth, but would like to go back as an adult with a better context for the experience.


For more of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, check out: Read More: Commems Collection.


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 Posted 09/03/2021  10:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic!

The uncirculated and proof pair occupy two of the four commemorative half dollar spots in my 7070.
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 Posted 09/25/2021  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Probably not the first of these to be posted in this thread...

My Wellington "Cossack Penny," a Spink-UK auction pickup from a while back that's TPG'd at MS-63 with lots of gloss and lustre in hand. Undated, but thoroughly documented as an 1813 mintage. Although struck and issued in Britain, this token evidently circulated much more widely in Canada.

Just a snippet of numismatic history: W.J. Davis, in his foundational catalog of the 19th-Century British tokens, wrote of the Cossack Penny, "This token is one of Halliday's finest productions, and is scarce, in consequence of its popularity with the American token collectors."

Withers 1505; Davis 92 (Yorkshire); Breton 985, Charlton WE-13A.



I never pay too much for my tokens...but every now and then I may buy one a little too soon.

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 Posted 09/25/2021  1:34 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice token daltonista.
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 Posted 09/25/2021  4:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dorado to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Wellington "Cossack Penny,"

Very nice!
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 Posted 09/26/2021  10:54 am  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Thank you, chafemasterj and Dorado!
I never pay too much for my tokens...but every now and then I may buy one a little too soon.

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 Posted 10/06/2021  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

This 1813 one-penny token was issued by or for the Halesowen Workhouse in Shropshire. Listed in Davis as Shropshire 3, it is now identified as Withers 748.

Under the patriotic legend "God Save the King," this mounted dragoon (cavalryman) in full charge is a representation of the Royal Worcestershire Yeomanry, who were first raised in 1794 and served horsed in the Second Boer War and World War I before being converted to an anti-tank regiment of the Royal Artillery for duty in World War II.



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 Posted 10/07/2021  10:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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This 1813 one-penny token was issued by or for the Halesowen Workhouse in Shropshire. Listed in Davis as Shropshire 3, it is now identified as Withers 748.
Nice example!
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 Posted 10/21/2021  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There exists a semi-popular series of so-called half dollars - smaller commemorative medals than those cataloged by Hibler and Kappan as So-Called Dollars (SCDs). As no comprehensive catalog of these pieces exists, the full potential of the series is unknown.

What is known is that coin dealer C. Smith, circa 1947, began issuing such medals and even got Wayte Raymond to produce an album page for them as part of his National Album series. An important thing to know about nearly all of these medals is that they were struck in 1947, not in the years shown on the medals.

One medal that is often included in this group is the 1935 Pony Express medal. The commemorative piece celebrated the 75th anniversary of the launch of the Pony Express. In the case of this half-dollar-sized medal, 1935 was the actual issue date and it was sponsored/sold by the same Association that marketed (and was then currently marketing) the Oregon Trail Memorial US half dollar commemorative coins.

The obverse of the medal depicts a Pony Express rider out on the trail between relay stations. The reverse depicts a scene at one of the relay stations as a rider prepares to change horses before continuing his shift.




You can read more about the medal here:

- 1926-39 Oregon Trail "Cousin"




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