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US Commemorative Coin Series: Quick Bits #25 - Let's Talk Agriculture

 
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Over in the "Post Your..." threads, there is a thread for "Agriculture Themed Coins." It's not a bountiful area for the classic US commemorative series coins (pun intended!).

I've posted two that I believe fit the bill. In each case, the coin's theme is not specifically "agriculture" but each coin's design does incorporate a piece of farming equipment (either a scythe or a plow) that is most definitely "agricultural" in nature. The term agriculture is defined by Merriam-Webster as "the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products" - a scythe and a plow are each an important tool in the "cultivating the soil" segment of a manual agricultural endeavor. For that reason, I posted about the 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial coin (its obverse depicts the State Seal which incroporates a farmer and scythe) and the 1925 Battle of Lexington-Concord half dollar (its obverse depicts Daniel Chester French's Minute Man statue which features a citizen soldier/farmer and his plow).

You can check out these posts via the following:

- 1925 Battle of Lexington-Concord - Agriculture Themed Coins Thread
- 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial - Agriculture Themed Coins Thread


My reason for this post, however, is to ask a question of other collectors of classic era US commemorative coins:

- Do you consider the inclusion of a cornucopia in a coin's design to be enough to qualify the coin as having a true "agriculture" theme?

Merriam-Webster defines a cornucopia as "a curved, hollow goat's horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing especially with fruit and vegetables (such as gourds, ears of corn, apples, and grapes) and that is used as a decorative motif emblematic of abundance (called also horn of plenty)." Clearly, a cornucopia is designed to hold the "fruits" of one's agricultural labors, but is it enough for a designation of "agriculture theme?"

I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts!

Here's a list of coins within the early series that include a cornucopia:

- 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition half dollar

Cornucopia is on the obverse, being held up by cherub.



- 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial half dollar

Cornucopia is on reverse creating part of South America, forming part of Brazil and its northern neighbors.



- 1935-36 California-Pacific International Exposition (aka "San Diego") half dollar

The cornucopia is found on the obverse, to Minerva's left (viewer's right) in between her and the "Eurkeka" shield.




In all three cases, the cornucopia is included as a symbol of abundance.


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 Posted 06/18/2021  2:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, the cornucopia may be a stretch for agriculture, but now I am wondering... with a good start at three examples here... is the "horn of plenty" represented on plenty of other coins in the world?
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... is the "horn of plenty" represented on plenty of other coins in the world?

Moving past the pun...

I've seen it used on coins from France, though I don't currently have any to present.

I do have this one, however, it is a 1915 Un Sol from Peru. The coin is 0.900 fine silver with a diameter of 37 mm and a weight of 25 grams.

The cornucopia is included on the Coat of Arms of Peru on the coin's obverse. As many of Peru's coins feature its National Coat of Arms, a fairly extensive collection of base metal, silver and gold coins from Peru with a cornucopia could be assembled.

The official description of the Coat of Arms is:

"The arms of the Peruvian Nation shall consist of a shield divided into three fields: one celestial blue to the right, with a vicuna looking inside; other white to the left, with a Cinchona officinalis placed within, and another, red, in the bottom and smaller, with a cornucopia pouring coins, signifying with these symbols the treasures of Peru in the three realms of nature. The coat of arms shall be surmounted by a civic crown in flat view; and accompanied on each side by a flag and a standard of national colors..."

So, a cornucopia, but one that is overflowing with plenty of coins rather than with fruits and veggies from the harvest!




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 Posted 06/19/2021  10:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No cornucopia but Agriculture themed.

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Fun topic commems.

I do not judge the cornucopia to be an agricultural image, although certainly agree that it can contain the results of agricultural efforts.

@muddler - agreed. Hard to argue that calf is not agriculture in nature.
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 Posted 06/20/2021  7:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@muddler / nickelsearcher: You've convinced me! I added a quick post about the New Rochelle over in the "Post Your Agriculture Themed Coins" thread.

If interested, here's a link:

- 1938 New Rochelle - Agriculture Themed Coins Thread



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No cornucopia but Agriculture themed.
Very nice!
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