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The Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar is an example of a coin with headgear on display on each of its sides - though one is much more prominent than the other.

On the official reverse of the coin (per the US Mint), a Native American with full feather headdress is shown facing east with an upraised arm and hand to warn/ward off settlers from the East. On the obverse, the pioneer leading the oxen team that is pulling the Conestoga wagon is shown wearing a hat - it appears to be a raccoon skin hat in the Davy Crockett / Daniel Boone style (i.e., with tail) - it's small, but it's there!

1926-39 Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar




I've posted about the Oregon Trail coin previously: 1926 Oregon Trail Memorial and 1926 Oregon Trail - Rotated Reverse Error? and here: 1936-S Oregeon Trail Half Dollar.

More of my commemorative coins posts can be found here: Read More: Commems Collection


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The 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar was intended as a fund raiser for the Stone Mountain Monument being carved on the face of Stone Mountain, outside of Atlanta, Georgia.


Borglum's original design concept for the Stone Mountain Monument.

Gutzon Borglum was the designer of the monument as well as its first sculptor; he also created the design for the commemorative half dollar. The obverse of the coin presents a version of just a small section of Borgum's original design for the final monument; it depicts General Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee on horseback. On the coin, Lee is shown wearing a hat, while Jackson is bareheaded.

1925 Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar




I've posted several times about the 1925 Stone Mountain half dollar, you can find them here: Read More: Commems Collection.


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The 1935-S and 1936-D US commemorative half dollars issued in conjunction with the Panama-California International Exposition (aka "San Diego" half dollar) depict Minerva, the Roman goddess of "wisdom and statecraft" along with multiple elements of the California State Seal (e.g., shield, grizzly bear, sailing ship). (The description of Minerva is from An Outline of Greek and Roman Mythology by Francis Kelsey, PhD that was published in 1889.)

For comparison, here is an image of the California State Seal that was current at the time of the coin's creation:



In regards to the Seal, the web site of the California Secretary of State includes the following description: "The Constitutional Convention of 1849 adopted a "Great Seal of the State of California." Two main features of the seal are the seated figure of the Goddess Minerva and the California Grizzly Bear crouching at her feet. Other design elements include a gold miner, ships upon a mountain-rimmed bay, and the motto "Eureka," which means "I have found it."

On the coin, as she usually is, Minerva is depicted wearing a crested helmet, which triggers the coin's inclusion here.

1935-S California-Pacific International Exposition Half Dollar






You can learn more about the coin here: 1935-S California-Pacific International Exposition and here: 1935 California-Pacific - Original Holder.

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The central figure on the reverse of the 1934-38 Texas Independence Centennial half dollars is an allegorical representation of the goddess Winged Victory. She is shown wearing a phrygian cap - a hat that became a symbol of freedom and liberty during the American and French Revolutions of the late 1700s. (The phrygian cap is different from the cap given to freed Roman slaves; that was the pileus cap.)

The coin's reverse would likely win the award (or at least finish in the Top 3 of a contest) for the "Busiest Coin Design." There's quite a bit going on in Pompeo Coppini's design!

At the top are seen the six national flags that have flown over Texas (Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States and United States);
Flanking the central Victory are small portraits of Sam Houston (left; a leader within the Texas Revolution, then a President of the independent Republic, then the state's first US Senator and then the Governor of Texas) and Stephen Austin (the "Father of Texas" who was a key figure in the US colonization of Texas while it was under Mexican control);
Victory is shown resting her left hand on the iconic Alamo with the centennial dates for Texas' independence from Mexico ("1836 - 1936") below it.
The kneeling figure of Victory is depicted holding an olive branch in her right hand.
At the bottom of the coin is seen the inscription "REMEMBER THE ALAMO" and encircling the design above is the inscription "THE TEXAS INDEPENDENCE CENTENNIAL"

Wow! That's quite a bit!

1934 Texas Independence Centennial





If you'd like to learn more about the Texas half dollar, check out: 1935 Texas Independence Centennial and Texas Centennial - There Could Have Been Five!.

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