This commemorative was issued in 1921 to help celebrate the Centennial of Alabama's admission into the Union. There is almost no memorabilia associated with the coin or the celebration. no holders have ever surfaced. I do, however, have an envelope and its accompanied coin. This envelope was from Alexander B. Andrews Raleigh, NC. Most of the coins were distributed by banks and on street corners in downtown Birmingham. I also have two small booklets from the Alabama Centennial Commission, each one a Children's Play about a century of statehood.
The coins are both 67+. There are no PCGS 68's. The 2x2 variety is several times more rare than the plain. The "x" in 2x2 is not "times" nor "by." It is the cross of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. The 2x2 variety is a POP (Population) 2 coin, as is the plain variety (seen in the 144 coin set). These coins in this grade, as you can see, have a very low POP. Some feel the Alabama coins are one of the key coins in the set.
- J & L
1936 50C Albany MS68
The Albany Commemorative has a goodly number of five-coin holders and several envelopes. At least two different boxes are available, in which one coin was distributed. Pictured above is a red box, with a red velour interior, and an open slit for the coin. It has been said there are only two of these available - this one, and the other which is crushed. Apparently, there is at least one white box out there somewhere. On the top of this red box, surrounding the bank's coat-of-arms, is a stamped imprint of "The National Commercial Bank and Trust Company of Albany." Other items of memorabilia available include poster stamps, badges, and booklets about Albany.
The coin pictured above is the first Albany graded 68 by PCGS. It has quite a pedigree including Heller, Scher, WPE, JFS, Jewell, and now J & L. Thsi is now a POP (Population) 3 coin. The devices are razor sharp, and both sides are virtually perfect. The luster is satin frost.
- J & L
1937 50C Antietam MS68+
Holders for the Antietam can be found, but envelopes are very rare. Receipts and coin acknowledgement can rarely be found. Colorful brochures serving as advertisements for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle are available, as are the programs of the celebration. Order forms are rare while pin backs and ribbon badges can be found.
The two coins are PCGS 68+ out of a POP of 4. Each is a beautifully toned example. Which one is your favorite?
- J & L
1935-D 50C Arkansas MS68