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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 COLUMBIAN HALF COMMEM PCGS AU58
1892 COLUMBIAN HALF COMMEM PCGS AU58
$9.50 (4 Bids)
1893 COLUMBIAN EXPO COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR PCGS AU58
1893 COLUMBIAN EXPO COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR PCGS AU58
$34.88
1893 PCGS MS63 Columbian Half Dollar
1893 PCGS MS63 Columbian Half Dollar
$0.99 (1 Bid)


1892 Columbian Exposition Half PCGS AU58 Old Green Holder OGH Generation 30
1892 Columbian Exposition Half PCGS AU58 Old Green Holder OGH Generation 30
$40.00
1892 Worlds Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar graded MS 64 by ICG
1892 Worlds Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar graded MS 64 by ICG
$20.50 (5 Bids)
1893 Columbian Expo Silver Commemorative PCGS MS61 50C Half Dollar Coin FREE S H
1893 Columbian Expo Silver Commemorative PCGS MS61 50C Half Dollar Coin FREE S H
$18.50 (8 Bids)





1892 Commemorative Half PCGS MS65 Columbian Original Toning
1892 Commemorative Half PCGS MS65 Columbian Original Toning
$375.00
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar PCGS MS 64
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Silver Half Dollar PCGS MS 64
$125.00
1893 Commemorative Half PCGS MS64 Columbian
1893 Commemorative Half PCGS MS64 Columbian
$351.05


1893 Columbian Commemorative Silver Half Dollar NGC MS 64
1893 Columbian Commemorative Silver Half Dollar NGC MS 64
$119.00
ICOIN 1892 Columbian Expo Half Dollar PCGS About Good AG03 Lowball Registry
ICOIN 1892 Columbian Expo Half Dollar PCGS About Good AG03 Lowball Registry
$49.95
1892 Commemorative Half PCGS MS65 Columbian Rainbow Colors
1892 Commemorative Half PCGS MS65 Columbian Rainbow Colors
$395.00


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 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS63 Rev Tyes Coin Stache 101377
1892 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS63 Rev Tyes Coin Stache 101377
$94.99
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 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS64 Pretty BU Coin
1893 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS64 Pretty BU Coin
$148.00
1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS63 Rev Tyes Coin Stache 269570
1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS63 Rev Tyes Coin Stache 269570
$94.99
1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS63 Rev Tyes Stache 275768
1892 Columbian Half Dollar PCGS MS63 Rev Tyes Stache 275768
$83.99


1893 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS63 Rev Tyes Stache 305147
1893 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS63 Rev Tyes Stache 305147
$66.99
1893 Columbian Exposition Commemorative Half Dollar Rainbow Toning PCGS MS66
1893 Columbian Exposition Commemorative Half Dollar Rainbow Toning PCGS MS66
$595.00
1892 Columbian Exposition Silver Half PCGS MS63 Generation 44 Dark Toned Color
1892 Columbian Exposition Silver Half PCGS MS63 Generation 44 Dark Toned Color
$95.00



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