Illinois Centennial Half Dollar

I had never been to the Beaverton Coin and Currency shop and went the other day. I’m glad I did. The owner was very friendly and helpful. He pulled out this commemorative half dollar from his back room stash. It’s in nice condition.

My camera skills are still pretty poor. The images are a little blurry. I have not mastered the depth of field yet. I found a used macro lens for my Nikon D40, so perhaps that will help.

Illinois Centennial, obverse

The reverse comes from the great seal of the state of Illinois. The reverse has a busy design, but I like the eagle and I like image of Lincoln on the obverse.

Illinois Centennial, reverse

Willamette Coin Club / PNNA Show in Portland

The WCC / PNNA Fall show in Portland was held this weekend. I attended for a few hours on Sunday and saw a good selection of coins, tokens and currency. The crowd was light. Folks from the Coin Cottage said the crowd was much heavier on Saturday. By noon, some dealers were already packing up and heading home. I had to leave then, too.

I purchased a handsome 1920 Maine centennial half dollar in uncirculated condition to add to my commemorative coin set.

Maine Centennial (obverse) Maine Centennial (reverse)

From other dealers, I also found three Winged Liberty Head dimes for my year and mint set and two modern commemoratives: a 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial proof dollar and a 1991 Mt. Rushmore Golden Anniversary proof dollar. These two were priced right at just a couple of dollars over silver melt price (no box or COA included).

Long Island Tercentenary

This is my newest acquisition, a 1936 Long Island Tercentenary commemorative half dollar. It celebrates the 300 year anniversary of the first European settlement on Long Island.

The obverse depicts profile images of a Dutch and Algonquin male.

Obverse of coin

The reverse shows a 17th century ship.

Reverse image of coin

I acquired the coin from the Coin Cottage in Multnomah Village, Portland, Oregon. It was stated to be in AU condition, which seems right to me. The fields on the obverse show light scratches under magnification.