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Commems Collection: 1927 Vermont Half-Dollar Recall Story

 
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 Posted 09/04/2012  7:53 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A few of the classic commemorative coins I've purchased over the years have been accompanied by some type of "paper" that added to my enjoyment of it. For some, it was an original order form or promotional piece, other times it was an original mailer/holder. One time, however, the coin came with a small newspaper clipping that the coin's original owner had taken from the Tuesday December 11, 1928 edition of the Rutland Daily Herald. The newspaper was founded in 1794 and still publishes a daily edition; it is the oldest family-owned newspaper in the US.

As you may have guessed, the coin in question is a 1927 Battle of Bennington / Vermont Independence Sesquicentennial half-dollar. The coin had passed through several hands before I purchased it, but fortunately the small clipping had been passed along each time and now is part of my collection. It's always nice when dealers appreciate the significance of items such as this among collectors and make the effort to preserve them. I thought other "students" of the series might enjoy reading this bit of first-hand commemorative history.

According to US Mint reports, of the 40,000 pieces struck, the final number of half-dollars returned and melted was 11,892. I wonder how many of the coins that remained in Vermont banks on December 11, 1928 were sold prior to the January 1, 1929 cut-off?

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1927 Bennington-Vermont Half-Dollar Obverse




1927 Bennington-Vermont Half-Dollar Reverse




1928 Newspaper Clipping



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 Posted 09/04/2012  7:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting, thanks for posting.
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 Posted 09/04/2012  8:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing that this newspaper clipping was saved ... and very appreciate that you shared it with us.

Of course ... always enjoy another opportunity to view one of your fabulous MS coins ... they never fail to disappoint ... just like your posts.

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Another good lesson on a coin series that is moving up on my list.
I enjoy your posts a lot and seem to learn something with everyone.
I may never have all the classic half dollar commems but what I have I enjoy.
Thank you for taking the time from your day to post these informative articles.
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 Posted 09/05/2012  6:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kellyk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Love the reverse! Thanks for sharing the newspaper article. It is amazing that people passed it on with the coin all these years!
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