Commemoratives

United States Commemorative Coinage 1892 to Present. The image shown is the classic Greek-inspired $50 Octagonal "Slug" produced for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, CA; the rarest U. S. Gold Commem design.

There are 12 items in this category

1918 Lincoln-Illinois Commemorative Half Dollar, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1918
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: A popular early Commem issue, showing a young beardless Abraham Lincoln. One of the best representations of an Eagle in U. S. coinage on the Reverse in my opinion, actually adapted from a Pattern Half Dollar. Some light scuffy marks, typical of this issue as most were saved by non-collectors as a memento, similar to how the 1932 Washington Quarter issue would be treated.
Price: $210.00
Item Id #006543    See Details...
1923-S Monroe Doctrine, Original Choice Unc, Surprisingly Scarce
Year: 1923S
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: It may sound a bit odd given the status of this issue as being considered one of the most common of the Commemorative Half Dollar series, but it is NOT terribly common as an attractive Choice Uncirculated coin. Indifferent production standards combined with a bit of an odd design that affected metal flow when struck, and the type of mass distribution this suffered, work against finding a really attractive coin. It is in fact one of the Keys to the series in MS-66 or higher! No claim to that here, although this coin has a shot at certifying as an MS-64 if submitted. Nice luster under very slight toned surfaces - the toning is not what I would call worth a premium as these rarely show really nice color, but it is not a defect either. It just goes to show that this is original.
Price: $139.00
Item Id #004591    See Details...
1925-S California Jubilee, Nice Toning
Year: 1925S
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: The very popular "Cal Jubilee" design, a nice bright coin with attractive splashes of multicolored toning, mostly russet but with blue, green and orange mixed in, particularly on the Reverse. The California's seemed to tone dark and ugly as a rule, leading to a great deal of numismatic abuse. Most coins showing nice toning do so just around the rims from being in an old album.
Price: $365.00
Item Id #006204    See Details...
1925-S California Jubilee, Gem Unc with Great Toning
Year: 1925S
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-65
Description: The very popular "Cal Jubilee" design, with attractive multi-colored old envelope toning, unusual in my experience as most "sheet toned" coins tend to be dark, or worse yet, dipped out. The California's seemed to tone dark and ugly as a rule, leading to a great deal of numismatic abuse. Most coins showing nice toning do so just around the rims from being in an old album. A coin for the lover of true original color - not cheap necessarily, as I could certainly not purchase a coin like this for 80% of "sheet". A CAC sticker of quality approval to boot. This is somewhat unusual in my experience on a toned coin like this, as they seem to be afraid of missing something and stickering a coin that does not perhaps qualify.
Price: $699.00
Item Id #003959    See Details...
1925-S California Jubilee, Choice AU/Unc
Year: 1925S
Condition: AU-58
Description: A nice, lightly worn Cal Jubilee, with almost all of the luster remaining and just a little "rub". Most AU's have been badly abused or heavily dipped out, as the California's seemed to tone dark and ugly as a rule., leading to a great deal of numismatic abuse. Thankfully not the case here.
Price: $189.00
Item Id #004233    See Details...
1925-S Fort Vancouver Centennial
Year: 1925S
Condition: NGC AU-50
Description: (SOLD Feb. 2015 - the listing left posted for its information value) As a Type, this early Commemorative Half is definitely scarcer. Almost all of this issue was sold as a Souvenir to the non-numismatic public. The vast majority of specimens are impaired, usually heavily, due to harsh cleaning. Many actually served as pocket pieces, or were lost to circulation after the novelty wore off. As such, the coin offered here is in fact a rarity - an honestly circulated (rather than used as a pocket piece in my opinion) coin that was not cleaned! Attractive somewhat deeply toned surfaces, medium gray with red and blue highlights. The toning shade that this achieved is typical for the Type, and explains why most circulated examples were cleaned at some point, as most collectors of the period (1930's-40's) not only preferred a "white" coin, it was not as big of a deal to clean coins either. By the way, the "S" mintmark indicated in the listing heading is not a typo - these coins were in fact struck at San Francisco, however the "S" was left off of the dies in error.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #002716    See Details...
1926 Oregon Trail, Choice BU, Old PCGS
Year: 1926
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: (SOLD April, 2017 for $215) Very Choice Uncirculated in an old PCGS MS-64 "rattler". Typical conservative early PCGS grading - basically a stone Gem other than the one small tick visible on one of the sun's rays on the Reverse. White and lustrous other than some very light touches of toning. The coin is rotated in the older - one reason that this slab design was abandoned, as while not harmful to the coin, it can be a bit distracting.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004981    See Details...
1936-S Bay Bridge Commem, Bright BU Coin
Year: 1936S
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: An original Uncirculated example of this issue popular for its depiction of a Grizzly Bear. I have no idea what this had to do with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but it was an obvious reference to the California State Animal. The bear was modeled after Monarch, the last surviving California Grizzly who was kept in a pen in Golden Gate Park in the City. This coin was widely distributed in the Bay Area as a memento of the bridge opening, and original unmolested Unc examples saved by the non-numismatic public almost always look like this. Only a couple of small "tiks" of note, with some wispy scuffs and hairlines from non-archival preservation. The luster is good for this issue, which was commonly dipped to remove toning - this appears original. As a side note, these coins were sold to the public as they went through the Bay Bridge toll booth on the Oakland side - try that today with the typical bridge traffic!
Price: $149.00
Item Id #005600    See Details...
1937 Antietam, Stunning Original Superb Gem BU Coin
Year: 1937
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-66
Description: Flat out one of the most totally original Commems of this date and Type I have ever seen. This and the Grant seem to have received a LOT of abuse from the public, possibly as most were put away as souvenirs of "The Great Unpleasantness". The surfaces as struck encouraged cleaning as well, as both issues show obvious die polish lines that tend to make the luster uneven, and many were polished up to make them "shiny". NOT a problem with this coin, which displays a light gray-green hazy "skin", which is seen on very few Commems as almost all were at least dipped at some point - thankfully this coin was spared. PCGS Price Guide value for an average MS-66+ is $850, which I think this is equivalent to. Yes, the Commem market is a little slow right now, but I think that this coin is really worth the price, given the popularity in general of the Civil War related issues.
Price: $799.00
Item Id #004164    See Details...
1937 Antietam Commemorative Half Dollar, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1937
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: A nice untoned example of this popular Commem. This and the Grant seem to have received a LOT of abuse from the public, possibly as most were put away as souvenirs of "The Great Unpleasantness" by members of the general public. The surfaces as struck encouraged cleaning as well, as both issues show obvious die polish lines that tend to make the luster uneven, and many were polished up to make them "shiny". Due to its popularity, there is very little price difference between MS-60 (which will get you a dipped out, hairlines, ugly coin) and MS-64, so you might as well purchase a nice one ...
Price: $599.00
Item Id #006542    See Details...
1937-S Boone Commemorative, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1937S
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: A nice Choice Uncirculated example of this low mintage late-date Commemorative issue. By the time this was struck, it had become obvious that the Commemorative coin program was a political football, and resulted mainly in making money for the issuing parties - sound familiar? Only 2,506 coins struck, so far more scarce as a "used" coin - almost all survive in Uncirculated grades. Regardless, this is a nice original coin, lightly toned in a sort of "speckled" pattern, and an attractive example of the design.
Price: $299.00
Item Id #006420    See Details...
1946-D Booker T. Washington Commem, Great Color
Year: 1946D
Condition: PCGS MS-66
Description: Great color, most likely from a paper envelope or other storage method rather than an album, on top of bright, lustrous surfaces. PCGS Guide value of $210.
Price: $149.00
Item Id #005060    See Details...