1936 50C Gettysburg MS68
The 50c Commemorative is very elusive in high grades. There are presently only four examples in PCGS MS68, none in 68+. This coin is a nice toned 68 with the obverse toned except for the soldiers in the middle. The reverse has the shield untoned.
The coins were distributed mainly by mail in new, unprinted three-coin cardboard mailers. Some of these had a cardboard strap across the coin to hold it in place. The middle coin had a hole in this strap, which gave the coin "bullseye toning." The envelopes and accompanied letter-receipt are quite colorful. Other items are associated with the Celebration, such as brochures, badges, programs, pin backs, and even license plates. The coin is dated 1936, but the 75th Anniversary took place June 26th to July 6th, 1938. Another oddity for sure.
I have a large amount of Gettysburg memorabilia, all of which is rare. The pictures of this, as well as all memorabilia are just a small sampling of the amount I have accumulated.
- J & L
1922 50C Grant MS67+
The Grant commemorative consists of two coins - The Grant Plain and the Grant Star. The Plain had a net mintage of about 67,000. The Star variety, which has a star in the field of the obverse, had a mintage of about 5,000. The Star has no significance other than to sell more coins. The Star appears to the right of Grant's bust over the letter "n" in Grant. This coin is one of the keys to the entire commemorative series, as it is one of the most difficult to find in high grades. This example, a PCGS 67+, is the highest-graded Grant Star at present with only four being 67. The Plain variety has presently eight 67+ examples.
There are no known preprinted holder examples or envelope examples. There are, however, several interesting items listed below. I have never seen these before: there is a copy of the official program and souvenir booklet and an example of a holder/mailer combination which, apparently, was used for the majority of coin mailings. These were not preprinted "Grant Commemorative" media, so were generally not kept upon receipt of the coin. There are several Grant medals, also used to commemorate U.S. Grant's birth in 1822.
- J & L