1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Half Dollar


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Add one of America’s most prominent and historically significant silver coins to your collection – the World’s Columbian Exposition half dollar issued from 1892-1893! As the first official U.S. commemorative coin, this 90% silver half dollar was struck in limited quantities and issued to help fund the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The grand world’s fair honored the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World and was dedicated in October 1892, but didn’t open until May 1893.

This important coinage first features a bust of Columbus on the obverse. The reverse, featuring Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria over two globes, was engraved by George T. Morgan of Morgan silver dollar fame.

The half dollar kicked off the era of classic U.S. commemoratives (1892-1954) and helped inspire the modern era of 1982-date. These classics and modern issues honor important American leaders, events, anniversaries and themes. Highlight your collection with the coin that started our U.S. commemorative series – the Columbian Exposition silver half dollar in attractive and affordable About Uncirculated condition! (Date our choice)