If you didn't already know, 2020 will be the last year of the reverse design of the American Silver Eagle and American Gold Eagle. Both are memorable designs and have been in use since the coins' inception in 1986. Legendary designer, John Mercanti became one of the most popular coin designers/engravers due to his work being featured on the back of all silver eagles for 30+ years.
The Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar or Pilgrim half dollar was a commemorative fifty-cent coin struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1920 & 1921 to mark the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims in North America. It was designed by Cyrus E. Dallin.
In 1920, the United States Bureau of the Mint struck a commemorative silver coin that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maine joining the Union and officially becoming a state. Fast-forward 100 years, we are now celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine joining the union and the 100th anniversary of the release of this special half dollar coin.
On June 14th, 1838, a boiler explosion caused the Pulaski Steamship to sink approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Two-thirds of the passengers and crew on-board were lost as a result of this disaster.
In 1986, the U.S. Mint began striking gold and silver American Eagle coins. Since that time, more than 400,000,000 American Eagle silver coins have been minted, making them one of the most successful U.S. Mint silver bullion coins ever. The rich quality and history of the coin are what make the American Eagle silver so popular and enduring.