Columbian Exposition Half Dollar

Commemorative Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1892
  • Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 52-203

Background

The Columbian Exposition Half Dollar was the first commemorative coin produced by the Mint. It was released in 1892 to commemorate the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

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Characteristics

The obverse design features Christopher Columbus in profile.

The reverse features the Columbus flagship, the Santa Maria, and two globes

Obverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • COLUMBIAN HALF DOLLAR

Reverse Inscriptions

  • WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION
  • CHICAGO
  • 1492
  • 1892

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Charles E. Barber and Olin Lewis Warner
Reverse
  • Designer: George T. Morgan and Olin Lewis Warner
Content last reviewed December 21, 2016

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