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A Piece Of History - 1982-S Washington Commem Half Dollar Advertising Tent

 
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 Posted 06/03/2020  02:07 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is the first time I've ever seen an advertising tent from the 1982 George Washington Half Dollar program.

The tent is about 4" X 5" and the printing is the same on both sides that face out. I would imagine that the banks that sold these halfs placed the tents by the teller windows to help promote the coins.

Anybody else ever seen one?

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 Posted 06/03/2020  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a first!
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I do like the coins both proof and unc. They made so many of them that they are still quite inexpensive today and in my opinion, a very nice design.
That display is probably worth more than a few of the 1982 George Washington Half Dollars though.
I would probably put it in an inexpensive frame with acid free backing if I had it.
Never recall seeing one either but I bet they were seen in banks like westernsky says. Neat!
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Interesting! I've never seen anything like it. I have a small stash of Presidential dollar brochures, coin boards and a bunch of green "Golden Dollar Coins Accepted Here!" stickers.
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 Posted 06/03/2020  1:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
JBuck..

Nice! Looks like they used the same artwork of the proof coin for the brochure as well as the advertising tent.

Thanks for posting!

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Thank you and you are welcome.

Yes, I noticed it seems to be the same image. The Mint was getting good mileage from the graphics department.
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I got the advertising tent in a recent purchase of GW proof half dollars.. In the group were several unopened boxes of 10 coins in each.....along with the advertising tent.

Curious me couldn't resist it so I had to open one of the mint boxes. One was sealed only with strapping tape and no glue. The tape was pretty much falling apart. None of the other boxes appear to be glued and their tape is holding up pretty good.

I believe the coins and pkgs have never been out of the blue mint shipping boxes. They are not "road weary" as you usually see with this kinda stuff. Can't believe these things are 38 years old this year! The coins and presentation boxes are as nice as the day they were originally packed away.

My best guess is this group of coins were unsold "left overs" from 1982 and eventually sold off to an employee of the bank following a vault audit or a sale of assets.

I was very happy to add this stuff to my stash!
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 Posted 06/03/2020  6:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mtuma3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice... Thanks for sharing!
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@westernsky: Very nice! I always like seeing contemporary ephemera for commemorative coins and medals. Thanks for sharing!

As the tent card (at least the side showing) is lacking a selling price, I wonder what was being charged for the coins at the point of sale - more than if a customer purchased directly from the Mint?


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As the tent card (at least the side showing) is lacking a selling price, I wonder what was being charged for the coins at the point of sale - more than if a customer purchased directly from the Mint?


Neither side of the tent shows a selling price. I don't even remember what the original selling price was from the Mint. I talked to a coin dealer friend of mine today and she said she thought it was around 10$. Maybe someone will chime in who knows for sure.

As far as other commem marketing material goes I have a piece for the Texas Commems from the 1930's. I'll try to find it and post it in a new topic.

Thanks everyone!
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 Posted 06/03/2020  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add suipakpaikungfu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dude!! That rocks! I'd be willing to bet that the advert is worth more than the coins!
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Also, based on the pics, I'd give the tent a MS66+!
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I believe the original selling price for the proof coin was $10.00 and $12.50 for the brilliant uncirculated piece. The discounted pre-issue prices were $8.50 for the proof and $10.50 for the uncirculated.

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On page 1099 of my 10 pound 4th edition Mega Red Book I bought at Ollie's last year it shows the original sales prices to be $8.50 for the unc and $10.50 for the proof. It was later raised to $10 and $12 respectively.
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On page 1099 of my 10 pound 4th edition Mega Red Book I bought at Ollie's last year it shows the original sales prices to be $8.50 for the unc and $10.50 for the proof. It was later raised to $10 and $12 respectively.
I bought them when they were released and seem to recall paying $8.50 and $10.50 to get the pair. That seems right that it was less than $20; when I was 12, $20 was pretty much my limit.
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