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Commems Collection: 1936 Elgin, IL Centennial - Revisited.

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 Posted 10/13/2012  7:43 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In my previous post regarding the Elgin, Illinois Centennial half-dollar (see, I discussed the coin's design and designer along with the coin's limited artist-signed presentation holder. Tonight I thought I'd share some original correspondence related to the promotion and ordering of the coin.

First up is an image of the letter that L.W. Hoffecker (on behalf of the Elgin Centennial Monumental Committee) sent to prospective buyers. It touted "advance orders" already received to encourage prompt action to avoid missing out and a selling price lower than competing commemorative programs. You'll note also Hoffecker's bid to establish credibility via his reference to his involvement with the Old Spanish Trail half-dollar. It's interesting to note that a year or so later, Trygve Rovelstad (the coin's designer) and the Elgin Committee were handling collector inquiries and orders directly, but at slightly increased price of $1.75 per coin.

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Next is a copy of the Order Form that was included with the letter. This "pink copy" appears to be a carbon copy from a two-part form intended to be a receipt for the collector placing the order.

As promised in the sales letter, a post card acknowledging the order was sent out by Hoffecker. Note from above that Hoffecker's sales letter was dated July 1, 1936. The collector obviously received it in a matter of days as he was able to respond promptly with an order for a single coin sent out on July 6, 1936. Hoffecker then acknowledged the order just a few days later on July 9, 1936 " very efficient! The card also has a note hand written by the collector indicating receipt of his Elgin coin on October 15, 1936.

Lastly, an image of the simple, unmarked cardboard holder used to distribute the Elgin coin. The greenish color seen is actually the remnants of a type of water-activated paper tape used to secure the coin in the holder -- I can only hope the portions of tape in contact with the coin were left dry!


1936 Elgin, Illinois Centennial Half-Dollar - Obverse

1936 Elgin, Illinois Centennial Half-Dollar - Reverse

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 Posted 10/13/2012  10:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add yotie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
very cool its a reminder for us modern collectors to try and keep the OGP with the COA with the coin
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 Posted 10/14/2012  7:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Captain Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As with all your posts very interesting.
This is one I still need for my collection.
Since most of these are to me high dollar, this set
is gonna take many years to complete, but I will get it
finished some day. I Hope.
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 Posted 10/15/2012  2:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice!

You posts have inspired me to look around for coins with "added value" at the next coin show. I have noticed stuff like this before, but I never really appreciated it until now.
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