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Commems Collection: 1926-39 Oregon Trail Memorial - Special Holder For Raw Half Dollar

 
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 Posted 05/25/2022  07:14 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In the past, I've shown a special Capital Plastics holder for the Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar - see it here: 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial - Revisited #2.

Here is another "custom" holder produced by Capital Plastics for one of the classic series' most popular coins/designs - the Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar. In addition to the circular well for the coin, the large format holder also includes background information on the coin printed in "gold" on its front; the back of the insert is blank. The outer dimensions of the holder are 6-15/16" high by 3-31/32" wide.

I've had mine for several years, but I believe the holder is still available; it is/was offered with either a black insert or a white insert.

At some point, I'll pick up an attractive raw example of the Oregon and "fill the hole" in the holder, but, until then, I offer it up for inspection sans coin.

1926 Oregon Trail Memorial Association Half Dollar


Oregon Trail Memorial Association Half Dollar - Capital Plastics Holder



For other of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, including more on the history of the Cleveland half dollar and other Design Discussion Index posts, see: Commems Collection.




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Great images on both sides, a definite favorite.
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Nice, one of my favorites!
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 Posted 05/27/2022  1:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice looking holder commems. I could likely offer up a well circulated Oregon Trail example to fill that hole.


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The outer dimensions of the holder are X" x Y".


I assume this is a simple typographical oversight where you intended to return to the post and replace the X and Y placeholders with dimensions.

That said - it does give us an opportunity to have fun with the mathematical properties of scaling and proportion (with a little bit of multiplication and dimensional conversion).

Assuming your photos shows the Capital Plastics holder laying flat with the photo taken at 90 degrees to the surface, and knowing that a USA 90% silver half dollar is 30.6mm in diameter - then I estimate your outer dimensions to be .... drumroll please ....

7-1/2" high x 4-1/8" wide.

How did I do?

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, @Commems is remarkable in his depth of study on the topic of classic U.S. commemoratives. I enjoy these exonumenical (did I just make that word up ) pieces related to the coins as much as or more than the actual coin (in most cases.) Thank you for another interesting write up.
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@nickelsearcher: Thanks for alerting me to the omission. Yes, I meant to go back and fill in the dimensions, but somehow missed the fact they were missing when I proofread the piece.

Your guess was close! The actual dimensions are 6-15/16" high by 3-31/32" wide. I think 7" x 4" would be acceptable to most!


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The actual dimensions are 6-15/16" high by 3-31/32" wide.
I updated the initial post to include it.
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I updated the initial post to include it.

Thanks!


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