Saturday, October 24, 2020

1934 Texas Centennial Commemorative Silver Half Dollar

Texas Centennial Half Dollar (1934-1938) - A Complicated Design

On June 15, 1933, the United States Congress passed an act to authorize the minting of the Texas Centennial silver half dollar coin to celebrate the upcoming one hundredth anniversary in 1936 of the independence of Texas.
This was the first of over two dozen commemorative coin related bills proposed by Congress that would take place during Franklin Delano Roosevelt tenure as president.

A Texas sculptor,
Pompeo Coppini was selected to prepare designs for the new coins. Pompeo Coppini's obverse depicted a large eagle perched on a branch, with the backgroun of a five-pointed star in the background and inscriptions surrounding. The was a bold decision as the eagle motif was normally reserved for the reverse of American coinage.

Texas Centennial 1934The reverse of the Texas Centennial half dollar was one of the most ornate created for a commemorative coin of this period. Within the confined space available several highly detailed elements were presented including the goddess Victory, winged and draped, kneeling slightly to the observer's right, an olive branch in her right hand, and her left hand resting on a representation of the Alamo, the most famous shrine in Texas history.

Above is the word LIBERTY on a scroll, behind which are six flags. Beneath the wingtips of Victory are two medallions depicting Texas heroes General Sam Houston and Stephen Austi
PCGS listed MS 60 at $130
This one on auction is definately better than MS 60.
Early issues are very lustrous and frosty, whereas those produced toward the
end of the Texas series are more satiny than frosty.