1892-1893 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar

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1892-1893 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar

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The United States Mint produced a special commemorative Half Dollar in 1892 and 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arriving in the New World in 1492. The coin was issued in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Columbus left Spain on August 3, 1492, with a fleet of three ships – Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria – and a crew of 90 men. He landed in the New World on October 12, 1492.

The obverse of the coin shows a portrait of Columbus by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber.  The reverse depicts Columbus’s flagship, Santa Maria, and two globes to represent the Old and New Worlds. It was designed by George T. Morgan, whose Morgan Silver Dollar was still being produced at this time.  The combination of designs by Barber and Morgan – two of the most famous designers in U.S. Mint history – make this a key coin and an extra-special addition to any collection that is coveted by collectors.

Struck in 90% silver, this was the first commemorative coin issued by the U.S. Mint, but it was made in a very limited edition and has been out of issue for over 120 years.  The coin comes encapsulated in a wooden display box.