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Half Dollar, 1893, Columbian Exposition
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Minted to raise funds for the Chicago World's Fair, the Columbian Half Dollar was designed to commemorate the first voyage of Christopher Columbus. The obverse of this 1893 Co...Read more
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Minted to raise funds for the Chicago World's Fair, the Columbian Half Dollar was designed to commemorate the first voyage of Christopher Columbus. The obverse of this 1893 Columbian Half Dollar was designed by Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint and its reverse was designed by his assistant George T. Morgan. As an obverse image, this silver dollar has the right-facing picture of Christopher Columbus. Moreover, surrounding Columbus, United States Of America and Columbian Half Dollar are written on this Columbian Half Dollar. The inverse of this silver dollar includes the Western and Eastern hemispheres and an illustration of Columbus' flag ship Santa María poised over them. Also, the mintage date of the Columbian Half Dollar is mentioned at the bottom of the reverse. Weighing 12.5 grams, this 1893 Columbian Half Dollar is made of 90.0 percent silver and 10.0 percent copper.

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GeoUnited States
Sub GeoNot Available
Coinage TypeCommemorative Coinage
DenominationHalf Dollar
Year1893
CompositionSilver
Catalog NumberKM# 117

SubjectColumbian Exposition
Mint NameU.S. Mint
Obverse DescriptionChristopher Columbus bust right
Reverse DescriptionSanta Maria sailing left, two globes below
Obverse DesignerCharles E. Barber
Reverse DesignerGeorge T. Morgan
Diameter (mm.)30.6
Fineness0.9
Weight (g.)12.5
Actual Weight (oz.)0.362

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Historical coin, every collector should have one.

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Created: 15/11/12
When I saw this coin on ebay, I just had to have it. I had never heard that in 1892 there was a 400 year anniversary exposition in Chicago of the Columbus voyages. I did the research on the coin and found that in 1892 and 1893 the US minted commemorative coins to mark the occasion of the exposition. While this coin is not valuable in a money sense, in a history sense it really is worth collecting.
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excellent exposition coin

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Created: 11/12/12
the 1893 exposition coin featuring Christoper Columbus on one side and the sailing ship of columbus on the other is a great commemerative coin . The purpose was to honor Columbus at the 1893 Worlds fair in Chicago.
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Probably the best half dollar for the price.. It's AWESOME :-)

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Created: 11/03/12
For a 119 year old coin, it's a great piece of history. You hold the 1st. US commerative half dollar. With only two and a half million coins produced, between 1892 & 1893, it's bound to be a "winner" in the numismatic community. I have aquired these beautiful half Dollars for a few years now, and believe the rarity, beauty, low mintage & falling value of the dollar, will cause this particular coin to raise in value. Perhaps, more than a "typical" 100+ year old 90% U.S. Silver Coin...
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Good at close to melt price in circulated condition.

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Created: 13/05/12
The first American Commemorative half-dollar. A nice coin to own that you can buy for close to silver value in circulated condition. Good for a nice gift for a young collector.
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good service - quick delivery.

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Created: 03/06/12
I buy silver halves as a hobby - sometimes as an investment. Because this is the first US event commemorative (I believe) it is of a little more interest to me and the coins are within my financial collecting limits. The Columbian Expositions and the Washington halves are favorite gifts to give.
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