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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 value for these pieces, both the 1892 and 1893 dates, is $25 US dollars in almost uncirculated condition, rising to $100 in fully uncirculated condition.
Worn coins catalog at about $15.


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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.

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: 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: usa us columbus colunbus columbian colombus exposition chicago half dollar doller dol dollars globe globes ship saling boat sailing steamboat clipper warship sailboat sails ships boats outriggers vessel sail outrigger christopher cristobal cristopher i 1 2 mint mark deutschemark marke markt deuchmark marks marc marck people person peuple peoples persons world worlds beard hair hairdo hairline earth ball

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