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1892 and 1893 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar

Posted by The Boss on October 19, 2012 in Coins & Paper Money

The Columbian half dollar is a United States commemorative coin struck in 1892 and 1893. It was minted to raise funds for the World's Columbian Exposition, held in 1893, and to mark the quadricentennial of the first voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas—it bears a portrait of him. The Columbian half dollar was the first United States commemorative coin, and the first American coin to picture a historical person.

The coin stems from the desire of organizers of the Columbian Exposition to gain federal money to complete construction of the fair. Congress granted an appropriation, and allowed it to be in the form of commemorative half dollars, which legislators and organizers believed could be sold at a premium. Fair official James Ellsworth wanted the new coin to be based on a 16th century painting he owned by Lorenzo Lotto, reputedly of Columbus, and pushed for this through the design process. When initial sketches by Bureau of the Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber proved unsatisfactory, fair organizers turned to a design by artist Olin Levi Warner, which after modification by Barber and by his assistant, George T. Morgan, was struck by the Mint.


1892 50C COLUMBIAN HALF DOLLAR PCGS MS62 34435329
1892 50C COLUMBIAN HALF DOLLAR PCGS MS62 34435329
$16.50 (6 Bids)
1893 Columbian Exposition Silver Half NGC MS61 Toned Old Holder Gen 4 Fatty
1893 Columbian Exposition Silver Half NGC MS61 Toned Old Holder Gen 4 Fatty
$45.00
1892 50c COLUMBIAN MS 63 Silver Commemorative Half Dollar NGC EXPOSITION
1892 50c COLUMBIAN MS 63 Silver Commemorative Half Dollar NGC EXPOSITION
$36.00 (14 Bids)


1892 Columbian Expo Commem Half Dollar PCGS AG 03 Silver Coin 349101
1892 Columbian Expo Commem Half Dollar PCGS AG 03 Silver Coin 349101
$34.19
1893 Columbian 50c Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS61
1893 Columbian 50c Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS61
$9.50 (5 Bids)
1893 COLUMBIAN EXPO COMMEMORATIVE 50C HALF DOLLAR NGC MS 63
1893 COLUMBIAN EXPO COMMEMORATIVE 50C HALF DOLLAR NGC MS 63
$9.50 (8 Bids)





1893 Columbian Silver Commemorative Half Dollar 50C MS 62 PCGS Toned
1893 Columbian Silver Commemorative Half Dollar 50C MS 62 PCGS Toned
$65.00
1892 Columbian Silver Commemorative Half Dollar 50C MS 62 NGC
1892 Columbian Silver Commemorative Half Dollar 50C MS 62 NGC
$55.00
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS64 Pretty BU Coin
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS64 Pretty BU Coin
$128.00


1893 Commemorative Half PCGS MS64 Columbian
1893 Commemorative Half PCGS MS64 Columbian
$413.00
1893 PCGS MS65 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar Commem Blazing White PL
1893 PCGS MS65 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar Commem Blazing White PL
$369.98
1892 PROOF COLUMBIAN COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR PCGS PR 63 THE REEDED EDGE
1892 PROOF COLUMBIAN COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR PCGS PR 63 THE REEDED EDGE
$5,250.00


1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar NGC MS 66 STUNNING
1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar NGC MS 66 STUNNING
$1,995.00
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar NGC MS 64
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar NGC MS 64
$119.00
1892 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS63 Rev Tyes Coin Stache 101377
1892 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS63 Rev Tyes Coin Stache 101377
$94.99


1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar ANACS MS 64
1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar ANACS MS 64
$119.00
1892 P Columbian Half Dollar Silver Commemorative 50C PCGS MS 65
1892 P Columbian Half Dollar Silver Commemorative 50C PCGS MS 65
$335.00
1892 NGC MS62PL Prooflike Columbian Commemorative Half Dollar
1892 NGC MS62PL Prooflike Columbian Commemorative Half Dollar
$308.74


1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition Commemorative Silver Half Dollar PCGS MS 64
1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition Commemorative Silver Half Dollar PCGS MS 64
$195.00
1893 PCGS MS65 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar Commem Toned
1893 PCGS MS65 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar Commem Toned
$299.96
1892 COLUMBIAN EXPO HALF DOLLAR SILVER UNCIRCULATED COIN CERTIFIED PCGS MS64
1892 COLUMBIAN EXPO HALF DOLLAR SILVER UNCIRCULATED COIN CERTIFIED PCGS MS64
$250.00



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