1986 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. To honor the centennial it was decided to produce a commemorative Half Dollar and Silver Dollar celebrating the Statue as well as its neighbor in the New York Harbor- Ellis Island. The stunning imagery of this coin, which celebrates United States’ heritage as a nation of immigrants, has made it a great favorite among collectors and among the most popular issues of the modern commemorative series.
The Franklin Half Dollar was introduced in 1948, replacing the Walking Liberty design which had been in use since 1916. Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross had long admired Benjamin Franklin—who was the first U.S. Post Master, renowned inventor, noted writer and statesman¬—and was eager to see his image on a coin. The Benjamin Franklin Half Dollars were only minted for 16 years, one of the shortest regular issues in modern American coin production. This 1957 was struck in Proof condition.
During World War II the countries reserves of nickel were needed for the war effort so the Jefferson Nickel was struck in silver and to identify this special strike the nickel features a large mint mark above the Monticello on the reverse! These 35% silver nickels were only struck from 1942 – 1945.
This stunning 1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar was designed by Adolph A Weinman during the Renaissance of US Coin Design! These 90% silver coins are known for their beautiful design. The design was so popular that it was resurrected for use on the American Silver Eagle. This is an exciting example of a Brilliant Uncirculated Walking Liberty and is a stunning addition to any collection!
The Susan B. Anthony dollar was one of the shortest lived dollars of United States coinage. The series only ran from 1979 to 1981 and had one last release in 1999. Due to the size and color of the Susan B. Anthony dollar it was often confused with a quarter by consumers and never gained wide spread use. This is a stunning example of the 1999 release which was only made available to collectors.