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Modern coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens of other continents => USA => Topic started by: gpimper on August 17, 2019, 10:26:24 PM

Title: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: gpimper on August 17, 2019, 10:26:24 PM
New coin :-)
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: Prosit on August 18, 2019, 02:13:23 AM
Not that it really matters but I would grade this one F-12.
US coins are about the only coins I think about grade.
Well, that and Great Britain Large Pennies.
It is hard to break a 50 year bad habit.

Very nice looking coin imo. Congratulations!
I don't think I have a single example. Someday I should rectify that.
Dale
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: gpimper on August 18, 2019, 03:40:37 AM
It has pretty good detail.  One thing I'm researching is the mark under the eagle's wing.  I'm sure it's a designer mark but I'm not sure.
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: Figleaf on August 18, 2019, 07:15:10 AM
It's an AW monogram, for the designer, Adolph Weinman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolph_Alexander_Weinman).

Peter
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: gpimper on August 19, 2019, 12:03:36 AM
Peter, I should have known that  :-[
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: Figleaf on August 19, 2019, 12:15:02 AM
Why? Anyway, it's a pleasure to help people out, so thank you for giving me the opportunity.

I think there's a fair chance that by 1945, AW stood for Alexander (his middle name) Weinman. :)

Peter
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: Prosit on August 19, 2019, 01:25:21 AM
I always knew it as Adolph although I bet you are correct.
Dale



Why? Anyway, it's a pleasure to help people out, so thank you for giving me the opportunity.

I think there's a fair chance that by 1945, AW stood for Alexander (his middle name) Weinman. :)

Peter
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: brandm24 on August 19, 2019, 12:41:32 PM
That's one of the most striking designs of any US series of coins in my opinion. The devices are crowded on the coin, but in this case it works beautifully. That's a nice clean example you have.

Bruce
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: Prosit on August 19, 2019, 02:54:54 PM
I agree but personally I always liked the "Mercury" dimes.

That is because when I was very small and wanted to collect coins it was available in pocket change
and I certainly could not afford to hold on to quarters or halves. I was too young to have any money.
Maybe a quarter allowance a week. But I would get a couple and keep them till the call of a cola or candy bar overwhelmed my collecting desires  ;)

Dale

That's one of the most striking designs of any US series of coins in my opinion. The devices are crowded on the coin, but in this case it works beautifully. That's a nice clean example you have.

Bruce
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: brandm24 on August 19, 2019, 07:30:16 PM
The Mercury Dimes and Standing Liberty Quarters are favorites of mine too, Dale.

I started collecting when I was 6 years old and of course only picked up coins from circulation...from my mom and dad's change that is. ;D My father was a collector who instilled a lifetime interest in me. I was a little short on funds at that age too, but came into my "golden age" when I started delivering newspapers at the age of 11. I would spend a dollar or two on coins after getting paid. That was a big deal for me back then.

Bruce
Title: Re: 1945 Half Dollar
Post by: gpimper on August 23, 2019, 03:08:06 AM
I started at 6 as well.  My Grandfather gave me a 1923 Silver Freedom and I've been going.  It is pretty cool that my girl got into coins around 4 :-)