Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar
Commemorative Coin Programs
- Year of Issue: 1926
- Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 69-235
The Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar was first released in 1926 to commemorate those who had traveled west on the trail during the mid 1800s. It was later minted again in 1928, from 1933-34, and finally from 1936-39.
The 1933 issue of this coin was the first commemorative coin struck at the Denver Mint.
The obverse design features an old-time Conestoga wagon drawn by oxen over the brow of a hill and toward the setting sun.
The reverse features a full-length image of an Indian with headdress, blanket, and bow. His left hand is raised as if warning those of the East. In the background is a map of the United States with the Oregon Trail indicated.
- IN GOD WE TRUST
- OREGON TRAIL MEMORIAL
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- HALF DOLLAR
Mint and Mint Mark
- Designer: James Earl Fraser
- Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser