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Encyclopedia > United States Commemorative Coin

Commemorative coinage of the United States consists of coins that have been minted to commemorate a particular event, person or organization. A coin is usually a piece of hard material, generally metal and usually in the shape of a disc, which is issued by a government to be used as a form of money. ... Commemorative coins are legally issued coins with a denomination that are not usually meant for circulation. ...


Many consider the 1848 2 1/2 dollar gold piece counter stamped "CAL" to be the first U.S. commemorative coin, as it commemorated the finding of gold in California. 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...


Most standard lists begin with the 1892 half dollar commemorating the 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to America. The following year, a silver quarter featuring Queen Isabella of Spain was issued. 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Half Dollar of the United States has been produced nearly every year since the inception of the United States Mint in 1793. ... Christopher Columbus (October 30, 1451? – 20 May 1506) was an explorer and trader, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the Americas on October 12, 1492 under the flag of Castile. ... Isabella of Castile (Spanish: Ysabel, Isabel or Isabela) (22 April 1451 - 26 November 1504) was queen of Castile. ...


Most students of U.S. commemorative coinage acknowledge the gap between 1954 and 1982 by classifying those minted from 1892–1954 as Early Commemoratives, and those minted since 1982 as Modern Commemoratives. 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Early period of Commemorative Coins of the United States of America traditionally begins with the 1892 Colombian Half dollar and extends through the 1954 Booker T. Washington issue. ... // Half dollars George Washington - 1982 Statue of Liberty - 1986 Congress - 1989 Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary - 1991 XXV Olympiad - 1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary - 1992 Bill of Rights - 1993 World War II 50th anniversary - (1993)1991–1995 1994 World Cup tournament - 1994 Civil War battlefields - 1995 Centennial Olympic Games - 1995–1996 Capitol...

Confederate memorial coin. The other side reads "memorial to the valor of the soldier of the South."
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Confederate memorial coin. The other side reads "memorial to the valor of the soldier of the South."

In 1924, a commemorative 50-cent coin was released that showed Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson; money raised from the sale of the coins was combined with money raised by the Ku Klux Klan in order to fund the carving of a Confederate monument at Stone Mountain, the 1915 site of the founding of the second Ku Klux Klan. Image File history File links A commemmorative coin that helped to fund the monument at Stone Mountain File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links A commemmorative coin that helped to fund the monument at Stone Mountain File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the author of Inherit the Wind and other works, see Robert Edwin Lee. ... Stonewall Jackson For the 1960s country music artist, see Stonewall Jackson (musician); for the submarine, see USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634). ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... Stone Mountain The relief The mountain top and Skyride This article is about the Stone Mountain in Georgia, USA. For other uses, see Stone Mountain (disambiguation). ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


The U.S. Mint was criticized for commemorative issues of dubious recognition, and seemingly endless mint runs (the Oregon Trail Memorial 50-cent piece was minted 8 years during a 14-year span). The period of Early Commemoratives ended with the 1954 issues of the Washington-Carver 50-cent piece.


Circulating commemorative coins have been somewhat more unusual in the United States.


In 1932, the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the mint produced a circulating commemorative, the Washington Quarter. In 1934 (with no quarters produced in 1933), it became the regular issue coinage design. 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... George Washington (February 22, 1732–December 14, 1799) was the successful Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783, and later became the first President of the United States, an office to which he was twice elected unanimously, and held from 1789... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A term that distinguishes coins created for commerce from commemorative coins. ...


In 1975 and 1976, the Washington quarter was also used to commemorate the United States Bicentennial with a circulating commemorative. The Kennedy half-dollar and Eisenhower dollar also featured commemorative designs for circulation during these two years. (All U.S. Bicentennial commemoratives were dated 1776-1976, despite being produced throughout 1975-76.) 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... The United States Bicentennial was celebrated on Sunday, July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. ...


More recently, the State Quarters program began in 1999 with five different circulating commemoratives each year, with reverses for each of the 50 States in the order of their admission to the union. Obverse of redesigned quarter The 50 State Quarters program is the release of a series of commemorative coins by the United States Mint. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


In 20042005 the mint issued four commemorative nickels in the Westward Journey Nickel Series, celebrating the 200th anniversaries of the Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery. It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States five cent coin, commonly called a nickel, is a unit of currency equaling one 1/20th of a United States dollar. ... From Frank Bond, Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase. ... The Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-1806) was the first American overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back. ...


The value of commemorative coins depends primarily upon the condition, scarcity and composition of the coin. See coin grading. Coin grading is the process of determining the grade or condition of a coin, the key factor in its value. ...


External links (with pictures)

  • Commemorative Coins of the United States of America
  • US Commemorative Coins
  • Information on the first commemorative coin

  Results from FactBites:
 
Commemorative coin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (211 words)
Commemorative coins are legally issued coins with a denomination that are not usually meant for circulation.
In the United Kingdom, before decimalisation of the money system in 1971, the usual commemorative coin was a crown, or five shilling piece.
Commemorative coins can also be issued commercially as collectibles, for example in many tourist locations in Athens, Greece, vending machines distribute commemorative coins for two euros which bear an imprint of the building or art within it.
United States Commemorative Coin - definition of United States Commemorative Coin in Encyclopedia (348 words)
Commemorative coinage of the United States consists of coins that have been minted to commemorate a particular event, person or organization.
In 1932, the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the mint produced a circulating commemorative, the Washington Quarter.
In 1975 and 1976, The Washington quarter was also used to commemorate the United States Bicentennial with a circulating commemorative.
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