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The Shot Heard Round the World - Visiting the Coin History

 
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 Posted 05/19/2018  3:28 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Fair warning - long post with photos.

A highlight of my business trip to the Boston, MA area last week was an opportunity to use my free morning time to visit the American Revolution history commemorated in 1925 with the Lexington-Concord half dollar.

For reference ... here is the coin:

1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - PCGS MS66/CAC



We started at the North Bridge site in the Minuteman National Historical Park - the site of the start of the war.

North Bridge site:



In the background ... across the bridge ... you can see a statue of interest which I'll come to in a bit.

The inscription on the memorial obelisk in the foreground reads as follows:

HERE
on the 19 of April
1775
was made
the first forcible resistance
to British aggression
On the Opposite Bank
stood the American Militia
Here stood Invading Army
and on the spot
the first of the Enemy fell
in the War of that Revolution
which gave
Independence
to these United States
In gratitude to GOD
and
In the love of Freedom
this Monument
was erected
AD 1836


To the left of that memorial is the British grave marker:



The inscription is kind of macabre:

GRAVE OF BRITISH SOLDIERS
THEY CAME THREE THOUSAND MILES AND DIED.
TO KEEP THE PAST UPON ITS THRONE.
UNHEARD BEYOND THE OCEAN TIDE.
THEIR ENGLISH MOTHER MADE HER MOAN.
APRIL 19, 1775

Sooo ... back to that statue in the background ... the Concord Minuteman. Plow with jacket thrown over it with a rifle in the other hand ... the Patriot ready to leave his farm to defend the new nation.

It's represented on the obverse of the coin ... here I am to show some scale.



The inscription on the statue base is a poem by Ralph Emerson:

BY THE RUDE BRIDGE THAT
ARCHED THE FLOOD,
THEIR FLAGS TO APRIL'S
BREEZE UNFUROLED,
HERE ONCE THE EMBATTLED
FARMERS STOOD,
AND FIRED THE SHOT HEARD
ROUND THE WORLD.

The next morning we set off to find the Lexington, MA Old Belfry - the Reverse of the coin.

This proved to be a bit of a challenge ... GPS directions take you into the heart of Lexington with no belfry in sight. Google search indicates that 'thousands of people pass by this location without knowing about it' ... but gives the critical clue that one must climb a rough trail of a few hundred feet.

Sooo ... find a hill and there we go.

Old Belfry - Lexington, MA



Great fun and truly enjoyable to visit the images and history represented in my classic silver commemorative set ... hopeful that you enjoyed the mini-tour of our 1925 Lexington-Concord half dollar.

Enjoy
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 Posted 05/19/2018  3:44 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty cool. Thank you for sharing.
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 Posted 05/19/2018  4:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I sincerely appreciate your time in showing us that on-site present day photography so that I can see why that commeorative was issued and why it was important.

So many of our Classic Silver Commemorative s are not given the respect they may be due. I've never considered the 1925 Lexington as one of my favorites, but you have done an admirable job of introducing me to the real facts and present day connections. Thank You!

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 Posted 05/19/2018  4:51 pm  Show Profile   Check TNG's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great post and nice commemoratives fellers.
You're tall enough to be a minuteman yourself!
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 Posted 05/19/2018  5:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add two_tonevf35 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Masterfully done, David, and glad you commemorated the visit and shared with us here! You indeed have brought things to life about the hobby and connection to world history and real life stamped on metal discs.

One of my favorite places to visit - watching the Concord river flow under the bridge (the 'wrong' way) transports one back in time to those momentous and fateful days. I doubt the participants would realize what effect their actions would have upon the world we know, and the ability to do exactly what we are doing now.
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 Posted 05/19/2018  6:10 pm  Show Profile   Check BadDog's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadDog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great post nicklesearcher

Always interesting to relate the coin to what it actually commemorates!




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 Posted 05/19/2018  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing history lesson shared with us.

You have definitely planted a seed of interest in me to take another look at these commemorative halves.

I love anything/everything that shows the actual facts of our nation's founding.

Thanks.
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Well done @NS! Whenever I travel, I try to add a little numismatic twist to where ever I am. Great minds...
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 Posted 05/19/2018  8:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is what draws so many of us to our country's coinage, the history behind the issue. Excellent post and wonderful example of a commemorative to our nation's struggle to become an independent nation!
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 Posted 05/20/2018  1:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chopped Triumphs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for sharing!
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 Posted 05/21/2018  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wonderful post!

Great to see "live" images of the source material for the coin's design. I always enjoy seeing such images - I think they add a tremendous amount to the enjoyment of the coins!

Thanks for sharing!


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 Posted 05/21/2018  9:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MeadowviewCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Double thumbs up for the history and pictures.

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 Posted 05/24/2018  11:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent post, nickelsearcher! The photo of the of the obelisk is gorgeous.
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That was a very cool story. Great pics and descriptions. Thanks for sharing.
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 Posted 06/30/2018  3:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atchisonbj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice post! Capt. John PARKER of Lexington was the commander of the Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington. No doubt he was was an inspiration to several other milita commanders including his cousin Capt. William WARD (1733-1799) of Cummington, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts who wa Capt. PARKER's half 3rd cousin. Many milita leaders in Massachusetts like Capt. PARKER came from simple and sometimes obscure backgrounds. The Revolutionary War made many of the notable and several went on to greater fame, offices and even wealth after the war. Of course they all risked everything, lives, liberty, and property to shake off the shackles of the British colonial government. Many did not survive the war. Capt. PARKER was one of them. Although he did not die in battle and does not appear to have died from wounds, he died shortly after the battle on 17d 9m 1775 at the age 46 years survived by his wife Lydia (MOORE) PARKER and all seven of his children: sons John, Isaac, and Robert, and daughters Lydia, Anna, Ruth, and Rebecca.
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