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Classic Commemoratives "Did You Know?" #13

 
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 Posted 06/26/2012  9:55 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Almost all of the classic silver commemoratives are devoid of rim treatments, i.e., denticles or beads. Just six (maybe eight) issues feature some sort of design element at the coin's rim.

In keeping with the current circulating silver coins at the time (Barbers and Morgans), the first three classic series commemoratives -- 1893-93 Columbian half-dollar, 1893 Isabella quarter-dollar and 1900 Lafayette dollar -- all had rim denticles on their obverse and reverse.








The next coin to have a rim "treatment" of some sort was the 1918 Illinois which featured an alternating series of what has been called "beads and pellets."




The 1928 Hawaiian featured an unusual obverse rim design element -- a continuous series of small waves.




The last classic commemorative to use a rim treatment was the 1938 New Rochelle, which featured rim denticles.




So, that makes six coins with some sort of design element at the rim. My two "maybe" coins? The 1923 Monroe Doctrine and 1935 Old Spanish Trail half-dollars, each features a thin raised line just inside the rim that encircles the main design elements. I'll leave it to you to decide if you'd include these pieces in your commemorative "rim" set!






While many of the commemorative half-dollars featured rather busy designs that would have made it hard to fit rim treatments onto the coin, it was more likely the case that the commemoratives were just following the "modern" trend of plain rims seen on the new US circulating coinage of the era -- neither the Lincoln cent, Buffalo nickel, Liberty Head (Mercury) dime, Washington quarter-dollar, Walking Liberty half-dollar or Peace dollar featured anything at their rims.


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Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!!
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First coin: There is no known authentic picture of Christopher Colombus.
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Very interesting and very nice coins.
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Very Good reads. Do you know if their are any differences in the 92 & 93 Columbians that you could use to tell dateless ones apart such as the VAMS in Morgan dollars?
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Agreed ... another fabulous post sharing your tremendous knowledge of the set ... Thanks commems for your continued contributions.

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Do you know if their are any differences in the 92 & 93 Columbians that you could use to tell dateless ones apart such as the VAMS in Morgan dollars?

There are none, other than the date on them.
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I really like the rims on those first coins. That said I am very happy it didnt continue throughout the whole series
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Another great post (I have fallen behind in my reading but hitting your posts religiously!).
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@CoinsKelly: I'm glad you are enjoying the posts! I'll do my best to keep 'em coming!

@ArrowsAndRays: Happy to do so!

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Yet another great post that taught me something I did not know about early commems.
You have some great coins in you collection for sure.
I also own coins 1,2 and 3 and in almost the same grades.
Very vice collection you have for sure.
Again thank you for taking the time to share with all of us here
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