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 Posted 03/19/2021  8:37 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's a question that will hopefully generate some discussion...

Which classic era US commemorative silver coin would have made for an ideal gold issue?

To me, a clear missed opportunity was the 1925 California Statehood Diamond Jubilee half dollar. Considering how important the local discovery of gold was to the growth of California and its subsequent admission to the Union on September 9, 1850 (California was the 31st to join), a gold commemorative coin would have made good sense.

Granted, the half dollar size provides a much larger "canvas" for an artist's design vs. a gold $1.00 coin, but maybe a $2.50 gold piece would have worked.

Thoughts? Which coin do you think should have been gold vs. silver?

The California could have looked something like this!




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 Posted 03/19/2021  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, one of our best commemorative designs, would be stunning in gold.
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 Posted 03/19/2021  9:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Winesteven to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I looked at my 50 coin Classic Silver Commem Type Set, and no design comes within miles of the California Jubilee you point out. After all, the obverse has a gold miner panning for gold!

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 Posted 03/19/2021  10:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I sure can't argue with this being the best candidate for a gold commemorative. Picture it, however, as a commemorative double eagle! It's not far removed in time from the Pan-Pac $50.
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 Posted 03/19/2021  10:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Probably the hands down choice. I suppose my second choice would have to be the Pan-Pac. I think the art nouveau aspects would translate well into gold.
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 Posted 03/19/2021  10:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It would be interesting to see a Double Eagle pattern in silver, and a
Liberty Walking Half in gold.
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 Posted 03/20/2021  12:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 2016 Liberty Walking commemorative half has been out few years. But I would love to see that California Jubliee to be minted in gold as commems suggested, not a bad idea to petition to the proper authorities to make it happen.

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 Posted 03/20/2021  02:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that the California Diamond Jubilee would be the logical choice for a gold coin, and it's definitely a handsome design. But from a purely aesthetic standpoint, I think the Texas centennial would look great in gold.

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 Posted 03/20/2021  05:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No doubt that the 1925 California half would have been a lovely gold addition in a larger format - say double eagle. The intentional design link to California gold rush history sort of make this the obvious choice.

Interesting to recall that despite the uniform acclaim today of Joe Mora design, during the coins approval process US coin design luminary James Earle Fraser representing the Commission of Fine Arts called it 'inexperienced and amateurish' and recommended that a better know sculptor redo the coin design to represent a 'bigger sense of what California really is'.
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 Posted 03/22/2021  11:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would have been interesting, even if it put it further down my collection list (no gold for me).
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 Posted 03/23/2021  11:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ballyhoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge would have been nice to see in gold.
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 Posted 03/23/2021  12:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Guys, admit it:

Everything looks better in gold (well, almost everything, as Midas discovered).
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