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Commems Collection Modern: 1993 Battle Of Normandy Set

 
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 Posted 06/15/2012  10:22 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As many folks here on CCF have come to know, I enjoy collecting the various holders/packages in which US commemorative coins have been sold/distributed. My interest in such holders includes those used for the classic as well as the modern series of US commems.

One of my favorites from the modern series is one that was put together by The Battle of Normandy Foundation (BNF) back in 1993. It is a fairly elaborate full-color eight-panel cardboard folder that provides informative highlights of the European Theater of Operations in World War II. The folder fits into a colorful protective slipcase (first image below); the set also includes a National Geographic World War II map of Europe and North Africa.

The coolest part of the package is the interior panel that contains the US WWII silver dollar in uncirculated as well as the WWII commemorative silver one franc coin from France (also in uncirculated). Also, included is a bit of sand from the beaches at Normandy and Anzio -- sites of Allied landings and fierce battles. Nice touch!

I like the design of France's coin and think the BNF put together a terrific commemorative set by combining it with the US coin. I like joint commemoratives and I like special commemorative packaging -- this set combines the two!

I've never seen any numbers regarding how many sets were assembled, but it does not appear nearly as often as either of the US half-dollar sets produced by the US Mint (shown below). I would estimate that no more than 10,000 BNF sets were produced.

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Battle of Normandy Foundation Set -- Slipcase, Front




Battle of Normandy Foundation Set -- Interior Coin Panel, Obverse




Battle of Normandy Foundation Set -- Interior Coin Panel, Reverse




Battle of Normandy Foundation Set -- Back Panel




US Mint WWII Half-Dollar Young Collectors Set -- Front Panel




US Mint WWII Coin and Medal Set -- Front Panel




US Mint WWII Coin and Medal Set -- Interior Coin/Medal Panel





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 Posted 06/15/2012  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love the historical significance of the war coins. This packaging is one that I will certainly be on the look out for. Thanks for sharing.

Did the Nam and Korea ones have something similar?
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 Posted 06/15/2012  1:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is one awesome set of packaging with great details.

Where did you buy it and how much does a typical set like that cost?
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 Posted 06/15/2012  7:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@wquinn: The last few times I've seen the Battle of Normandy set online it sold for between $60 and $80. (I bought mine at a coin show for less.) The set contains about 1.5 ounces of silver so it will move as silver does.

The other two sets, both US Mint sets, can regularly be found on ebay for $25 or less.

Hope that helps!

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 Posted 06/16/2012  06:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I really like this one commems.

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