A very interesting history lesson here about the New Rochelle half dollar. That's what I think anyhoo... In my Numismatic Library. 25,015 pieces coined at the Philadelphia Mint with 13 pieces reserved for annual assay and 9,749 melted. Initial design given to Lorillard Wise who then resigned his commission. Miss Gertrude K. Lathrop of Albany, N.Y., finished the design. Distributed by the New Rochelle Commemorative Coin Committee, Mr. Pitt M. Skipton, chairman. Image courtesy of Stacks Bowers Galleries, Guttag Family Collection Part I, 2011 Chicago ANA Coin Auction. Approved by Congress on May 5, 1936, and issued in commemoration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding and settlement of the city of New Rochelle, New York. Design: Obverse: Lord John Pell 1 standing holding fatted calf by a rope; around upper border, * SETTLED • 1688 • INCORPORATED • 1899 * (IN of INCORPORATED touches John Pell’s hat), around lower border NEW • ROCHELLE • NEW • YORK ; in lower right field, opposite Y, in YORK, the designer’s initials, in relief: GKL. Reverse: The fleur-de-lis 2 as on the seal of the city; below, 1938; around outer border, at top, UNITED • STATES • OF • AMERICA; around lower border, HALF • DOLLAR; in inner circle, E • PLURIBUS • UNUM • LIBERTY • IN • GOD • WE • TRUST. 25,013 pieces coined at the Philadelphia Mint. Lorillard Wise was initially commissioned to do the models for this coin. His models were approved then subsequently disapproved by the Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. Miss Gertrude K. Lathrop was then commissioned to design and submit models for the coin which were approved by the Commission of Fine Arts and the Secretary of the Treasury. The coins were distributed by the New Rochelle Commemorative Coin Committee, Mr. Pitt M. Skipton, chairman. 1 One Fatt Calfe, poem ‘The New Rochelle Half Dollar,’ p. 10. 2 The fleur-de-lis (or fleur-de-lys; plural: fleurs-de-lis; French pronunciation: [flœʁ də li] is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" (sometimes spelled ‘fleur-de-lys’) is ‘flower of the lily.’ This symbol, depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, has many meanings. Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light, and life. Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity. Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when water lilies showed him how to safely cross a river and thus succeed in battle. “Louis K. Hyde, president of the Fleetwood Bank of Mount Vernon, was elected president, and William S. Dewey, of 38 South Fifteenth Avenue, vice-president at the regular meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club last night at the New Rochelle Y. M. C. A. Arthur W. Dean, of 445 Gramatan Avenue, was elected a member of the board of governors. Other officers are William Lighte, Scarsdale, treasurer; J. H. White, Dobbs Ferry, secretary; Kenneth Marsden, New Rochelle, librarian; Elmer E. Carpenter, Scarsdale; Berthold Ehrenberg, Yonkers; Julius Guttag, New Rochelle, new members of the board of governors. Pitt M. Skipton, New Rochelle, advised that Congressman Charles Millard had been informed of the proposition to strike off a commemorative half dollar for the 250th anniversary of the founding of New Rochelle which occurs in 1938. A New Rochelle bank has tentatively agreed to finance the issue which, under present plans, calls for 20,000 half dollars to be sold to collectors and the general public at $2 each. Surplus over face value of the coins will be used to finance the celebration. . . . Philip Pippner, of South Norwalk, was admitted to membership, bringing the total to 46 with two applications ready for action at the January meeting.”3 3 The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, N. Y., December 18, 1935. Fleetwood Banker Heads County’s Numismatists. Louis K. Hyde Elected by Coin Club–Mount Vernon Man Made Vice-President, Another is Director–New Rochelle Half-Dollar Discussed. Courtesy Jonathan Lerner, President, Westchester County Coin Club and owner of Scarsdale Coins in Scarsdale, NY. Stay tuned, much more to follow.