This country has a long history of circulating beautiful and brilliant coins but, the title of “Most Beautiful Ever Created” is usually given to the Saint-Gaudens Double Gold Eagle. This coin was originally commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt felt that American coinage was lacking, and he sought to remedy this by creating a new coin. When approaching this issue, President Roosevelt had requested an elegant high relief design with a high rim. Given these ramifications, it was now time to find an artist to further the design of these coins. All American coins previously created had been designed by employees of the U.S. Mint, but this long history stopped when Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a friend of Roosevelt’s who had designed his inauguration medallion, was selected to design the coin.
The Oregon Trail Half Dollar is a commemorative coin that celebrates people who traveled on the trail towards the west. The Oregon Trail Association brought a petition to Congress for the coin. The association was led by Pioneer Ezra Meeker, who traveled the trail himself. Congress approved the petition and stated that six million coins was the maximum limit for coinage. The obverse side of the coin was designed by Laura Earle Fraser. It depicts a wagon moving towards the west with a two inscriptions, “In God We Trust” and “Oregon Trail Memorial.
Do you think that the stock market will take a fall in the next five to ten years? Do you think that the strength of the dollar is going to decline in the next five to ten years? If you answered yes to either of those questions then it is time to invest in gold. And now is the best time to invest in gold, and make no mistake, gold is an investment. It is also an insurance policy. As the ever more volatile stock market tumbles, gold rises.
After the south lost its mint, a deal was struck with Philadelphia to create and produce one cent Confederate coins. The assignment was given to Mr. Robert Lovett. Lovett designed the coin, created the die, and eventually produced 12 samples of the coin. These samples were made of nickel and were meant to be sent out to Richmond for approval. It was a simple plan, but needless to say, the war had started and Lovett realized that dealing with the Confederate States may not be in his best interest. Lovett decided to hide the coins and the dies, and the Confederate Treasury never heard from him again.
1861 was a dark year for the United States. This was the year that many states seceded from the Union to create the Confederate States of America. Although this Civil War era was not the brightest part of the United States’ rich history, there were certain artifacts left behind that help people connect to this time. As you may have expected from the title of this post, coins and money are a huge part of history and can serve as our connection to a certain time, in this case, Confederate America.