Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Paddy54, Jan 15, 2022.
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I’m surprised that the Texas half dollar is seldom mentioned in discussions of the most beautiful US coins. This is by far one of my favorite designs of any commemorative coin.
I like how the reverse design was inspired by Greco-Roman coinage in the depiction of Nike, the winged goddess of victory.
Without pix it didn't happen
Contrast with today, when our cent, purchasing power about 1/17 of that half-cent in 1854, is still minted by the billions. Maybe people were smarter back then.
Yes, arguably all current pocket change, including the quarter, exists now for the same reason that the half cent existed: to make change. Apart from receiving change from a purchase, what else can one really do today with a nickel, a dime or a quarter? Not too much.
Even baseball cards now cost more than $1.00 a pack (though one can argue that their demographics have moved far away from kids). I remember buying them for 20¢ or 25¢ a pack, which really wasn't that long ago, so receiving a single quarter from someone back then meant actually buying something. I think more than just the cent lingers in precarious monetary circumstances today.
The continued existence of the aluminum Japanese 1 Yen coin, worth 0.0077 of a dollar, remains even more of a mystery.
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