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Commems Collection: 1935 CT Tercentenary Ephemera

 
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Many of the US commemorative half-dollars of the mid-1930s were mailed to purchasers by their sponsoring commissions in either small folders that included information about the coin (see an example here: http://goccf.com/t/130904) or in simple cardboard holders (see an example here: http://goccf.com/t/143222). The 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Commission went a different route, however, by distributing their coins in small cardboard boxes. The coins were distributed via mail order as well as through a number of Connecticut banks.

The boxes were wrapped in paper of various colors and/or styles; at least eight different box styles are known. Noted US commemorative authority Anthony Swiatek notes seven different boxes in his 2012 authoritative Encyclopedia, with the style of red box shown below not among them.

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Below are the two examples of the boxes I have in my collection. The first is a box wrapped in silver foil paper. It is of the "box with lid" variety with the two pieces connected via a small piece of silver tape. The box's top has the central portion of the Connecticut State Seal imprinted in blue along with the commemorative dates "1635 " 1935." Much of the imprint has been lost over the years, so I've included a public domain image of the Seal so that you can better "imagine" the box's original appearance. The Latin text on the banner translates as "He who is transplanted still sustains."

The interior of the box shows the distributing bank's name on the lid and features a dark/navy blue velour material in the bottom tray. The coin was wrapped in a small piece of tissue paper and placed in the box for delivery.

The second box is wrapped in a red paper with an embossed checkerboard pattern. The name of the distributing bank is on the outside of this box owing to the "drawer" style design of the box. The interior tray slips into the outer box like a drawer into a chest; note the small ribbon "handle" that is used to pull the drawer out of the outer box. The drawer again features a dark/navy blue velour interior but this time with a pouch in which the coin was inserted. Per Swiatek, similar boxes are also known with green velour interiors.

As with much of the ephemera material associated with the classic series of US commemorative coins, these boxes are far less common than the coins themselves. As such, boxes in decent shape will often sell for $100 or more (sometimes much more!).

Lastly, I've included the half-dollar that came with the red box. It has definitely toned over the years, but its connection to the box makes it a "special" piece in my collection.

Enjoy!


1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Silver Foil Box - Top




1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Silver Foil Box - Interior




Connecticut State Seal




1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Red "Checkerboard" Box - Top




1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Red "Checkerboard" Box - Interior




1935 Connecticut Tercentenary "Red Box" Coin - Obverse




1935 Connecticut Tercentenary "Red Box" Coin - Reverse





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 Posted 05/23/2013  05:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Commems! Another informative article.
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 Posted 05/23/2013  09:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsKelly to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! I am glad you continue to share this information - I think it is interesting to understand the packaging behind the coin. I think it adds something to know that the toning may be from original packaging and helps in evaluating the coin.

Great work as usual!
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Very tired from too much work ... this tremendous post deserves a more insightful reply than I am capable of mustering at the moment.

Thanks commems for the continued generous sharing from your collection and knowledge.

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If you ever see any boxes for sale please let me know. I have an original box and coin for the Bridgeport and a nice CT commem. I like the reverse eagle design. I'd like to get a box for the CT.
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Picked up another Connecticut distribution box, this time it's a silver and white geometric cube pattern tray box with blue velour interior with coin pocket. It is of the same type as the red checkerboard box shown above - a two-piece box with interior coin tray and outer slipcase; it also carries the same bank name as the red box: "Hartford - Connecticut Trust Company / Old State House Square."

Unlike the red box, however, this one didn't come with its original coin.







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Great work as always commems!
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Great thread and examples. I bought 3 of these from original boxes and all have a similar tone. But all graded differently even though to me they are pretty much the same grade. We should play a game of guess the grade later this week!
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