Courtesy of The Numismatist, February 2015, p. 35. The centennial of the enunciation of the Monroe Doctrine was celebrated on July 2 thru August 5, 1923, at Los Angeles, California. The motion-picture industry was the force behind the celebration as an historical revue and motion-picture exposition commemorating events in our national history were shown, and the proceeds from the sale of half-dollars contributed toward financing this project. enunciation: To state or set forth precisely or systematically: enunciate a doctrine. “To Produce Historical Exposition One Hundredth Anniversary of Monroe Doctrine to be Commemorated Plans for the First Annual American Revue and Motion-Picture Industrial Exposition, under the auspices of the Motion-Picture Producers’ Association of Los Angeles, are rapidly nearing perfection. In brief, it is the intention of the motion-picture industry to hold a great national celebration in commemoration of the Monroe Doctrine. This celebration will be held for thirty days next June, and will comprise the historical revue presented in tabloid and melodrama form on the largest stage ever built, and industrial exhibits. The revue is of such magnitude that at least thirty days will be necessary for its production. Among the historical events to be produced will be ‘The Discovery of America,’ ‘The First English Settlement,’ ‘The First Continental Congress,’ ‘The Founding of the Army and Navy,’ ‘The Birth of the American Flag,’ and ‘The Declaration of Independence.’ The art of music will be emphasized through the entire review by one of the most complete, instructive and entertaining presentations ever given. It will consist of ‘The Evolution of Music,’ going back to the past when music ‘soothed the savage beast’ and following its course down through the ages to the finished symphonies of today. Practically every motion-picture company in Southern California, as well as nearly every association connected with the industry in any way, is represented on the advisory council of the Motion-Picture Producers’ Association of Los Angeles, the organization backing the exposition. The plan has been given the indorsement of the Governor of California, the Mayor, Council, Chamber of Commerce, Realty Board and Merchants’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.”1 1 Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1922.