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Was The Washington Quarter Considered A Commemorative In 1932?

 
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Does Commems have an article about this one?
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You asked a very similar question about the 1932 Washington quarter back on July 31, 2012.

Here's a link to the original thread with my response: 1932 Washington Commemorative Quarter?

Let me know if my response answered your question!



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Thank You and yes it answered my question again. I since have acquired a PO01 1932-D.
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Glad to hear it! I'm always happy to answer history questions about my favorite series.

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Here's a link to the original thread with my response


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Re: the comparison between the 1932 Washington quarter and the 1937 Australian crown both "losing" commemorative status. The two coins both have this in common: neither coin actually explicitly mentions, on the coin itself, the thing being commemorated. Most commemorative coins do; the only one in the American Classic Commemoratives series that doesn't really do this is the Oregon Trail half. But if you merely look at the 1932 quarter, or the 1937 crown, you have absolutely no idea what they are trying to commemorate.

The lack of textual description of commemoration, plus the issue in subsequent years, justifies their exclusion as "commemorative coins", whatever the original intent was for the first year of issue.
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Answering your question, yes. In fact the original designs were intended for a half dollar. Although Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon agreed on the Commission of Fine Arts recommendation for a commemorative half, Congress over ruled replacing the Standing Liberty quarter instead.
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In fact the original designs were intended for a half dollar. Although Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon agreed on the Commission of Fine Arts recommendation for a commemorative half, Congress over ruled replacing the Standing Liberty quarter instead.

I'm afraid that this statement does not align with the facts.

The George Washington Bicentennial Commission did originally conceive of a special half dollar that it could sell for a premium as a special memorial coin. The Treasury Department, however, had been voicing its opposition to such souvenir commemorative coins for years and continued to do so regarding the Bicentennial Commission's original and informal proposal; the Treasury received a letter from the Commission in April 1930. After consulting with the Treasury, the Commission moved away from its half dollar thoughts and got on board with the Treasury's 25-cent coin plan.

It was, in fact, Secretary Mellon who sent a letter to Congress expressing, on behalf of the Treasury Department, the preference for replacing the Standing Liberty design on the quarter with one commemorating George Washington; the letter had attached to it draft language for a coinage bill to that effect. (The Treasury was in favor to replacing the Standing Liberty design due to the difficulties it had in properly striking Hermon MacNeil's detailed design.)

A Hearing for the proposed coin was held on February 13, 1931 by the House Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures at which the Treasury Department again voiced its objection to special souvenir coins and its preference for replacing the design of the Standing Liberty quarter vs. striking a special commemorative 50-cent piece. The Committee's subsequent report stated its support for the striking of a George Washington quarter.

No bill calling for a George Washington Bicentennial 50-cent coin was introduced in either the Senate or House, only bills for proposed 25-cent coins were offered for consideration. In each of the bills offered, Congress respected the wishes of the Treasury Department for a 25-cent coin - it did not overrule it. Also, the coin's design contest was held knowing that the new Washington Bicentennial coin would be a quarter-dollar coin and not a half-dollar coin - the designs were never intended for a half dollar.


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I'm afraid that this statement does not align with the facts.
Thank you for the clarification.
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