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  1. The 1936 Wisconsin Centennial half dollar was yet another commemorative issue that honored event of no real national significance. In this case, it was the 100th, anniversary of the founding of the Wisconsin territory. It seems the coin was essentially an afterthought, as the centennial celebrations were to be held on July 4th of 1936, and the legislation authorizing the mintage of no less than 25,000 coins was not passed until May 15th of that year. The U.S. Mint used this as one part of their reasoning why the early commemoratives were soon to disappear until 1946. I'll discuss the Guttag brothers (New Rochelle) in a later history lesson.
  2. Added more info on the Wisconsin above.
  3. For sure and not at coin prices.
  4. Wow. Some super examples folks! My theme for the medals I have, of course, is around the early commemoratives. 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Medal, Bronze, 75.7mm. Designed by Henry Kreis. Obv. Group of eight angular figures in colonial attire with scroll inscribed 1633-1935 CONNECTICUT 300 YEARS. Rev. Grape vines from the State Arms, RELIGION, LAW, EDUCATION, legend hails SELF-GOVERNMENT BASED ON CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY. Struck by Medallic Art Co. A medal in my collection. Commemorative Medal The official souvenir medal to commemorate Connecticut’s Tercentenary will be issued, under present plans, about November 1, this year. It will be in bronze and about three inches in diameter. The design is by Henry G. Kreis, the well known artist, who has co-operated with Paul Manship in producing some of the outstanding medals of recent years. On the obverse of the medal is a group of early settlers dominated by the tall figure of Thomas Hooker, and there is a scroll on which appears the phrase ‘Connecticut 1635 – 1935.’ A somewhat modernized representation of the coat of arms of the State appears on the reverse. The three vines with the nine clusters of grapes are shown, and among the vines, vertically placed, are the words ‘Religion,’ ‘Law,’ ‘Education,’ representing Connecticut’s traditional adherence to ‘Religion in a deep sense, Education in a broad sense, and Law in common sense.’ Below these words is the motto ‘*Qui Transtulit Sustinet.’ About the circumference runs the phrase ‘Three Centuries of Self-Government Based on Constitutional Liberty’ in recognition of the fact that there has existed in Connecticut for three hundred years a form of self-government which followed the principles expressed in the Fundamental Orders of 1639. *(Latin ‘He who transplanted sustains’, also ‘He Who Transplanted Still Sustains’ or ‘[He] Who Transplanted Continues to Sustain’) is the state motto of Connecticut depicted on a blue ribbon below the grapevines.) The first 100 or so of the medals will be numbered in the order in which they are struck off and will be packed in attractive cases, making a most pleasing and valuable souvenir of the Tercentenary celebration. These will be sold for $5.00 each. The others, about 1,800 or 1,900, will be for sale later at $1.00 a piece. Mail orders are now being taken at the office of the Commission and all applicants will be advised when the medals are ready for purchase and distribution. A Tercentenary Medal Committee has been in charge of the work securing a souvenir of the celebration. Many designs were considered and much historical research was conducted. The chairman of the committee is George Dudley Seymour of New Haven. Mrs. H. A. Perkins of Hartford is secretary, and the other members are Mrs. Charles a. Goodwin of Hartford, Miss A. B. Jennings of Fairfield, Bancel LaFarge of Mt. Carmel, and Theodore Sizer and Alfred R. Balinger of New Haven. Mine is not numbered.
  5. Thank you. Your words are very kind. Like you, I have "the fever." Coin fever. It's like every time I'm ready to purchase a coin, something else is more important. I'm 61 and still pretty healthy. Coins are a hobby, don't let it make you sick or unhappy. We can only do, what you can do. That means you'll treasure the coins you do buy even more.
  6. The bracelet is really cool. Can you PM me the details around this bracelet. Another one for the book.
  7. I feel like adding a little history today. I was born in Wisconsin so we'll talk about that commem for a little bit. Not many collector's seem to like the design of the Wisconsin which is fine. There was ZERO discussion among any of the coin dealers, collector's or press around this piece, unlike a few other 1936 issues. I've had several of the original medals with original packaging. The coin and medal is the only one that was issued as a Territory, not the date of entry to the Union. Ha, how about that. This is my latest: I was surprised that they are not that hard to find with the original packaging. Design info: Wisconsin So-Called-Dollar. Medal commemorates 100th anniversary as territory, not State­hood, Wisconsin having been admitted to Union May 29, 1848. Legislature created Wisconsin Centennial, Inc. 1933 with $500 appropriation, later increased. Celebration was state-wide, highlight being presentation of pageant, "Centennial Cavalcade of Wisconsin," in stadium of University of Wisconsin, Madison, June 27-July 5, 1936; "witnessed by at least 75,000 spectators." This was official medal, sponsored and designed by Commis­sion; 1,500 pieces struck in Bronze; sold for $1. Obv: Capitol building, clouds behind; at base on small ribbon 1936; smaller edifice to l.; at base, on small ribbon 1836; above all, around Wisconsin Territorial Centennial; below all is prone animal (badger? yes-LG) on dotted line. Rev: Eagle in upper center panel; to l. 19 / June / 27, to r. 36 / July / 5; above at border Madison; below panel Official / Wisconsin /Centennial / Celebration; stars all around at border. HK-696 Bronze. 37mm., Scarce. I currently do not have a Wisconsin in my collection. It's funny that whenever I have a Wisconsin in my collection, with nice color, folks "pay up" to take it from me. I do oblige, every coin has it's price. I'm tired. That's it for today. More to follow on the Wisconsin. The original design for this coin was made by Mr. David Parsons, an art student of the University of Wisconsin. The design was further developed and prepared for minting by Mr. Benjamin Hawkins, a well known sculptor of New York City. Collectors desiring specimens could obtain them by writing Mr. John Callahan, (Chairman of the Commission) State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Madison, Wisconsin. The price was $1.50 per coin, plus seven cents for postage and insurance for the first coin and two cents for each additional one ordered. The Wisconsin Territory included parts of the present Dakotas, Minnesota and Illinois. The first Territorial Governor, Henry Dodge, an appointee of President Jackson, took office on Independence Day, 1836, as noted on the coin. It is worthy of special note that this issue does not commemorate the centennial of admission into the Union, which was an occasion for many State commemorative issues. The Wisconsin half-dollar anticipates by twelve years the State centennial of admission into the Union. Rejected model by David Parsons. Taxay p. 202.
  8. Thanks Kaz. Happy to see you here.
  9. Wow! Super Nice. Can I put the images in my book? If so, let me know the credit you want. When I worked at DGS we had a 4E come in and I was super excited to have encapsulated it. A while back I found a 1900 Paris Exposition Catalog, 11x17, that had images of the event. That is in my book also. Enjoy
  10. Thanks all. Love sharing the early commemorative history. Why don't you fellow history buff's on this series let me know what coin you would like to know more about. Here is a cool piece around the Bay Bridge: 1936-S Bay Bridge Half With Documentation As One of First Hundred Struck. An uncertified example of the Bay Bridge half (our estimated grade MS66) with dappled green-gold toning over light silver-gray surfaces. Housed in a hard plastic case with a manila envelope bearing the number ‘85,’ explained by way of another envelope-and-letter from the Superintendent of the San Francisco Mint, a signed attestation that the accompanying coin was the 85th example of the type struck. A fascinating lot with a strong sense of history. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.
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