The obsolete designs in this set are considered by many the finest and most popular motifs ever seen on circulating U.S. coins! Created by renowned sculptors, these designs are presented together in a 3-coin set from 1936 – the year FDR was reelected in a landslide, Hoover Dam was completed, and Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics.
- 1936 Buffalo Nickel – designed by James Earle Fraser, this coin features iconic images of the Old American West. The Native American profile was apparently a composite likeness of three tribal chiefs, and the buffalo was modeled after a resident of the Central Park Zoo named Black Diamond.
- 1936 Mercury Silver Dime – created by A.A. Weinman, this 90% silver dime depicts Liberty with a winged cap to signify freedom of thought (mistaken for the male god Mercury). The reverse features a bundle of rods with an ax blade – an ancient symbol of authority – against an olive branch of peace.
- 1936 Liberty Walking Silver Half Dollar – also designed by A.A. Weinman, this 90% silver half depicts Liberty striding confidently toward the rising sun, her hand outstretched in an offering of peace. The reverse displays an eagle perched on a rocky crag with a pine branch symbolizing strength.
These coins had significant buying power when issued, so most wore out or were lost in circulation, and many of the silver coins later succumbed to the great silver melts. Add these classic American coins to your collection now in affordable circulated condition!
- Product Type: Sets
- Year: 1936