50 Cents, World's Columbian Exposition, United States, 1892

50 Cents, World's Columbian Exposition, United States, 1892

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One (1) 50 cent coin, World's Columbian Exposition
United States, 1892
Obverse Image: Portrait of Christopher Columbus facing right.
Obverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / COLUMBIAN HALF DOLLAR
Reverse Image: The Santa Maria and two globes.
Reverse Text: WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION / CHICAGO / 1492 / 1892
Description
Barber created America's first commemorative coins. His sensitive but fanciful portrait of Christopher Columbus is complimented by a reverse designed by George T. Morgan.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ first visit to America, the World’s Columbian Exposition, or Chicago World’s Fair, was held in 1893. The first ever US government commemorative coins were issued for the occasion. The “Columbian half dollar” was minted and dated in both 1892 and 1893, and was sold at the exposition as a souvenir.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
coin, commemorative
Date made
1892
maker
United States Mint
obverse designer
Barber, Charles
reverse designer
Morgan, George T.
place made
United States
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements
overall: 30.5 mm; x 1 3/16 in
ID Number
1985.0551.0764
catalog number
1985.0551.0764
accession number
1985.0551
World's Columbian Exposition
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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