US Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Half Dollar  1892 and 1893
US Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Half Dollar 1892 and 1893

You have the first commemorative coin issued by the United States. There have been oodles more afterwards. Like all US silver half dollars, these coins contain 0.3617 troy ounces of silver, so they can never be worth less than their silver value. If silver is selling, say, at $15 US dollars per troy ounce, the silver value of one of these coins is 0.3617 x 15 = $5.40.

Catalog values for these pieces, both the 1892 and 1893 dates, are:

worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulted: $18
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $90

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That is none other than Christopher Columbus on the obverse (heads side) and his flag ship, the Santa Maria, on the reverse. The coins were sold at $1 each at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago during 1893. The sales did not go well, as most people were unwilling to spend one dollar on a coin worth 50 cents!

Coin: 1351 , Genre: United States
Requested by: don wright, Sun, 20-Sep-2009 23:58:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 14-May-2013 11:55:46 GMT
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Requester description: 1893 i have a 1893 columbian 1/2 dollar in very good condition (no mint mark)unidentified person on the front and a sailing ship on the backwhich is marked as (WORLDS COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CHICAGO
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