Worn Commemoratives

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Pocket Change, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Pocket Change

    Pocket Change Coin Collector

    Where do these come from?

    I'm not talking about Isabella or the Columbian halves. For example, I've seen VG examples of the Monroe Commem.

    Was it a pocket piece?

    Did it circulate enough to become VG?

    I googled this, but everyone talked about the 1892/3 stuff.
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  3. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    There are many commemoratives that were used as pocket pieces.
    In fact, there are a couple of dealers (that I have heard of, not met) who are in the process of collecting the worst (most worn) sets of commems.
  4. Clinker

    Clinker Coin Collector

    Many commemoratives, like Silver Dollars, became used as "Good Luck" charms and carried in the pocket or purse for an owner's lifetime. After the owner's demise, they were turned in at the bank, sold to a coin dealer or simply spent by the heirs.

  5. borgovan

    borgovan Supporter**

    It's funny you should mention this. I just picked up a 1925 Lexington-Concord commem this past weekend that's in F-12.

    I think a lot of the early commems did circulate. Many of them were sold close to face value. I would imagine that of those given as gifts (especially to children), many of them were spent.
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