Eisenhower ½ Dollar, Germany.

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by alurid, May 29, 2018.

  1. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I came across this while sorting coins for a friend. This one made me say “WHAT”. Which made me start liking it immediately. And I bought it.
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    I thought it was interesting that Eisenhower was put on a Token in 1952.
    Numista is calling this a token, I do agree to a point. Due to the fantasy of the “European Federation”. Yet it does have a value designation on it. And was useable for commerce like a coin. But was sold like a commemorative. My research has provided some info on this piece. (See links below)
    Quoted from Numista.
    “European Federation. 2 1/2 europinos silver = 1/2 dollar used in 1952. Antecedent of the euro. Coined in the mint of Hamburg, Germany, with authorization of the American authorities that controlled Germany after the end of World War II. Image of the general Eisenhower. Very scarce.”
    I would think that the mint must have had Dwight’s authorization. He was definitely a well know person in Europe and the US and pretty much worldwide.
    Following the German unconditional surrender, Eisenhower was appointed military governor of the American occupation zone located primarily in Southern Germany and headquartered at the IG Farben Building in Frankfurt am Main. In 1948, Eisenhower became President of Columbia University. The trustees of Columbia University refused to accept Eisenhower's resignation in December 1950, when he took an extended leave from the university to become the Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and he was given operational command of NATO forces in Europe. Eisenhower retired from active service as an army general on May 31, 1952, and he resumed his presidency of Columbia. He held this position until January 20, 1953, when he became the President of the United States.
    After a lot of reading, I am forming some ideas about why it was made.

    I am wondering if anyone has more Information or history behind the making of this token. I have not found any info on H. Consee the engraver. Any German coin enthusiast know of this H. Consee?
    Please post any info, comments, and ideas. Thanks for looking.
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  3. alurid

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  4. paddyman98

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  5. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Umm, where? :) Anyway, those "Europino" medals (there were several) were designed by Eduard Hanisch-Consée.

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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Interesting font. I wonder if these are listed in the Krause Unusual World Coins volume.

    Aha. That "X11" notation seems to indicate so.
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  7. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

  8. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Well, the answer to the "where" question is a simple "nowhere". :) Those medals were produced to promote some pan-European idea and never had any monetary value. There were 2½ and 5 "europino" pieces, also 5 and 10 "dukaten" in various metals and alloys - aluminum, copper, brass, silver, gold, platinum (see the numismatikforum link). Here is another image of such a medal, this time without Eisenhower though.

    Don't know how many were produced, but the mintages were not high. So specialized collectors may well be after them ...

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  9. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Numista say's 10,000 produced. And yes i do agree with nowhere.
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