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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.

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

Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. See our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) for an explanation.

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.

Coin: 1351 , Genre: United States
Requested by: don wright, Sun, 20-Sep-2009 23:58:02 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Tue, 14-May-2013 11:55:46 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 14-May-2013 11:55:46 GMT
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
Tags: us usa columbian columbus exposition chicago half dollar colunbus colombus doller dol dollars i 1 2 mint mark person people sailing ship worlds world deutschemark marke dutchemark markt deuchmark marks marc marck peuple peoples persons saling boat steamboat clipper warship sailboat sails ships boats outriggers vessel sail outrigger globe globes christopher cristobal cristopher beard hair earth ball hairdo hairline masted

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i this coin just wanted to know its worth - Felecia Fox
Value varies with the amount of wear. See the page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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