CONA January 2020 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., January 15, 2020
Oakstone Academy: 939 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: U.S .Mint FDR medals
Speaker: Heath

January Presentation

Heath will give a presentation on the presidential medals of Franklin D. Roosevelt issued by the U.S. Mint.

November Presentation

Chris and Marie gave back-to-back presentations on the coinage of 1952 and the $1 million silver dollar display at the Seattle World’s Fair.

Chris, giving the famed ‘46ers a run for their money, collects coins from his birth year. The entire set, including trial strikes encompasses 525 coins.

One of the toughest coins, he said, is a 1952 20 centavos from Colombia With a mintage of just 3,887 pieces, the coin is unpriced in Krause.

Great British shillings, florins and half crowns, too, are impossible to obtain. Struck at the tail end of George VI’s reign, only a couple were produced for photography purposes. Private mint versions, though, are available.

Marie, who was born in 1962, told the tale of the massive silver dollar exhibit at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.

Two tractor trailers emblazoned with with gigantic words ON TO THE SEATTLE WORLD’S FAIR / ONE MILLION / SILVER DOLLARS carried the coins from Philadelphia to Seattle over 13 days, arriving just a few days before the fair opened April 21.

Marie said, “Today, the wholesale value of common date silver dollars is about $15 each, meaning you could have made a tidy $14,000,000 profit just by keeping them for nearly 50 years.

By: Gerry Tebben

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