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Commems Collection: 1925 California Revisited

 
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 Posted 03/04/2013  8:47 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In my previous post on the 1925 California Diamond Jubilee half-dollar, I featured a few pages from the book published by the Jubilee Committee in 1927; the pages presented the coin and provided a nice history of it. (Read it here: http://goccf.com/t/117524) Tonight, I present a publication that was available during the Jubilee.

Many of the classic US commemoratives were coined in conjunction with some sort of celebratory event/exposition - World's Columbian Exposition, Lewis and Clark Exposition, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, etc. Following in line, the 1925 California half-dollar was issued as a souvenir piece to commemorate the state's Diamond Jubilee; it was celebrated in San Francisco, CA from September 5th through the 12th.

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It was usual for these events to have an Official Program booklet available for purchase by visitors. In some of these booklets, a discussion and/or picture(s) of the event's commemorative coin was presented. The Program for the Diamond Jubilee did a very thorough job of outlining the events that were to take place each day and of listing the various Committee members that worked to make the Jubilee possible, but it was a bit light on its presentation of the coin, including just a single descriptive paragraph and no picture.

The coin was designed by Jo Mora. A picture of Mora was included alongside the mention of the coin. A picture of the Chairman of the Souvenir Coin Committee - George Filmer - was also featured. The Program included pictures of the Chairs of seemingly all of the various Committees! These pages along with the Program's cover are shown below.

The Program mentions that 300,000 coins were authorized. The San Francisco Mint struck 150,000 in time for the Jubilee, but sales were lower than anticipated and 63,606 of these pieces were eventually returned to the Mint for melting. The coins sold for $1.00 each.


1925 California Diamond Jubilee Half-Dollar - Obverse




1925 California Diamond Jubilee Half-Dollar " Reverse




California Diamond Jubilee Official Program - Cover




California Diamond Jubilee Official Program - Coin Page




California Diamond Jubilee Official Program - Coin Committee Chairman Page





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 Posted 03/04/2013  8:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Doug58s to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love the Obverse of that coin! Now had they put the Bay Bridge on the reverse! (ok I know details details) Yet another very cool informational post commems!
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 Posted 03/05/2013  12:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsKelly to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Doug58s, might I direct you to https://www.coincommunity.com/forum...IC_ID=115776

Wonderful post commems. The artwork on the brochure cover is beautiful. Do the modern commeratives get a brochure of their own?
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 Posted 03/05/2013  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsKelly to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't mean to be a nag but commems, are do you know if they are publishing anything other than email for modern commemoratives?
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Excellent brochure comemms ... Thanks for sharing.


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do you know if they are publishing anything other than email for modern commemoratives?


Yes ... I receive printed sales material ... throw it all away ... none of it reaches the glory of commems material from times past.

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 Posted 03/06/2013  12:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@CoinsKelly: Sorry for the delay in responding, I'm battling a computer issue at the moment.

As nickelsearcher indicated, the US Mint does still send out promotional pieces for each issue via postal mail. They don't have the same attraction as the early pieces, but I think part of that is due to the fact that they all come from the Mint vs. individual sponsors. The current pieces just don't have the same personality.

That said, there is still modern ephemera to collect. For example, a souvenir program from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is a nice supplement to the coins.

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Wonderful, commems. You make me long for the series.
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