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US Commemorative Coin Series: Quick Bits #46 - Calendar Dates On Coins

 
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What other commemorative coins [in addition to the Wisconsin Territorial Centennial Half Dollar] carry an actual date, and what is the significance of those dates?

The coin that comes immediately to mind is the 1927 Battle of Bennington/Vermont Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. The coin features the date "Aug 16 [1777]" on its reverse. The inscription corresponds to the date of the Battle of Bennington in a field in Walloomsac, New York (a town that is about 10 miles from Bennington, VT, but "Battle of Bennington" rolls off the tongue more easily than "Battle of Walloomsac"!

1927 Battle of Bennington/Vermont Independence Sesquicentennial



Another classic-era commemorative half dollar with a specific date is the 1937 Battle of Antietam 75th Anniversary coin. Underneath the depiction of "Burnside's Bridge" on the coin's reverse is seen "September 17, 1862" - the date of the battle. The date is recalled as the single bloodiest day of the US US Civil War, with nearly 23,000 casualties (over 3,600 killed).

1937 Battle of Antietam 75th Anniversary



To circle back, the date on the Wisconsin coin is presented as the inscription: "4th DAY OF JULY ANNO DOMINI 1836" vs. a simple "July 4, 1836," but it is specific nonetheless. A bit of background for the coin's historical date: The Territory of Wisconsin was created via Congressional Act (signed by US President Andrew Jackson) on April 20, 1836; the date on the coin refers to the date upon which Henry Dodge, the Territory's first Governor, assumed office (appointed by President Jackson).

1936 Wisconsin Territorial Centennial





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Outstanding commems, and I appreciate you addressing the question and pulling this information together.

I had an understanding of the Burnside Bridge date - and believe me standing there today as I have on several occasions is a very humbling experience given the carnage that ensued on that date.

I was clueless as to the significance of the July 4, 1836 date on the Wisconsin half. Your explanation leads me to the conclusion that this is indeed the least significant date on any commemorative issue, by far!


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the date on the coin refers to the date upon which Henry Dodge, the Territory's first Governor, assumed office


You continue to do all of us a great service commems by researching then graciously sharing your knowledge on these coins and their history.

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I was hoping for some "current" new information from @Commems, but this post is "Dated".

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I was hoping for some "current" new information from @Commems, but this post is "Dated".

Ouch! Is there an "Oh, the pain!" emoji/emoticon available?


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