In previous posts, I've discussed the 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary half-dollar, the various boxes used to distribute the coins and the official commemorative medal (http://goccf.com/t/115266
Tonight I thought I'd share some information on another of the official souvenirs of the Connecticut State Tercentenary Commission.
One of the publications produced by the Commission was An Almanack of the Connecticut Tercentenary Celebrn
(they ran out of room on the title page for "Celebration" so they abbreviated it!). The brief booklet served as a summary of the state's 300th anniversary celebrations, educational programs and historical exhibits. It also presented "Facts of Interest" about Connecticut and included various historical notes about the state.Read More: Commems Collection
The booklet also discussed the various "Historical Publications" that were published by Yale University for the tercentenary and the "Official Souvenirs" of the Commission. Following is an image of the page describing the various souvenirs.
At the bottom of the image you'll note the description of "four souvenir plates designed by Mr. Frederick Dunn." As I strive for "completeness" when it comes to my commemorative coins, I've added each of the plates to my collection. The "Wyllys Mansion and Charter Oak" plate has the most direct link to the half-dollar, though the image of the tree shown on the plate is not as dramatic as the depiction on the coin. At the edge of the plate is seen a wreath of grapes tied together with ribbons featuring the names of a dozen prominent Connecticut towns/cities.
From the Connecticut State Library web page on George Wyllys: "In 1636 he sent his steward, William Gibbons, along with twenty domestics and indentured servants, to Hartford to purchase lands and oversee building of a house. He had the largest home lot of any of the early Hartford settlers, and one of the largest homes in Connecticut. The famous Charter Oak stood on his property." (More information on George Wyllys can be found here: http://www.cslib.org/gov/wyllysg.htm
So, for everyone who enjoys large, ceramic "coins," I present the "Wyllys Mansion and Charter Oak" commemorative plate (and my example of the 1935 Connecticut half-dollar).