Why Seated skyblock coins Liberty Half Dollars Are So Valuable To CollectorsOn June 28, 2022 by admin
The US mint produced twenty-cent pieces, skyblock coins, dimes and quarters with the Liberty design from 1836 to 1891. The iconic design was also used for the important half dollar or fifty cent denomination for more than half a century. With a very large number of different issues by date and mint mark, collecting the series as a whole can be a daunting task, open only to the most dedicated collectors.
Even if not pursuing a complete collection, the series does make for an interesting study, since it was produced across a number of different mint facilities and with slight alterations in design over the years. Collectors can identify these Seated Liberty Half Dollars because the image depicts Liberty sitting on a rock with a shield in her hands and a cap on the pole. The image appears on more United States silver coins than any other design used in the history of American coin making.
Although Liberty has appeared on many coins since the first issuance in 1792, this particular rendition proved to be the most long lived. Thomas Sully, an American artist, created the original image in his painting of Liberty that included thirteen stars to represent the original thirteen colonies.
Many coin images have been altered during the course of their use and the Liberty design is no different. Variations include coins depicting the goddess with a blank face, with rays or arrows incorporated to denote a change in composition or weight, with drapery added at the elbow, and with a motto added on a scroll on the reverse of the coin. Even the half dollar went through multiple versions during the extended course of the series.
The Oregon Trail Half Dollar
A coin named the Oregon Trail half dollar was minted to commemorate the dangerous and arduous two thousand mile journey from Independence MO to Fort Vancouver (now known as Washington State). The formidable journey was completed by masses of extremely brave nineteenth century explorers.In September 1926 some 48,000 of these coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Public demand was so great a further 100,000 pieces were struck at the mint in San Francisco. In 1927 the US treasury realized that the coins were no longer in great demand so they stopped producing the pieces. In 1928 the coins were minted again and by 1933 there was a total of 50,000 of these dollars in circulation.
In New York a firm called The Scott Stamp and Coin company attempted to sell all pieces issued in 1928. After selling a mere 6,000 coins the remainder were destined to be melted down.In 1934 the Denver Mint issued a total of seven thousand Jason Lee, Fort Hall and Fort Laramie coins. Another five thousand of these pieces were made in the San Francisco mint in 1936 and a further ten thousand were minted at Philadelphia. In 1937 another 12,000 coins were struck at the Denver Mint. In 1938 and 1938 numerous coin sets became available, these collections contained one coin from each mint.
The design of the coin is completed in part by James Earl Fraser, famous for his Buffalo Nickel design. The head of the coin featured a picture of a Conestoga wagon being pulled by oxen, the wagon was heading toward the sunset. Laura Gardin Fraser (Earl’s wife) designed the reverse side of the coin. On the tail of the piece the background comprises of a USA map, to the forefront stands an American native with his arm outstretched. Coin collectors think that this piece was one of America’s most well designed pieces.
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