For collectors, “lasts” are a big deal. The final release of a coin or design marks the end of an era, and collectors love to mark that transition by securing the final date of a series. This five-piece set gives you an entire pocketful of last-year issues, each bearing a different denomination. You’ll receive:
1909 Indian Head Cent. Designed by James Barton Longacre in 1859, the Indian Head Cent got its nickname thanks to its design that shows Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress. The coin also features Miss Liberty with a beaded necklace and a hair band emblazoned with a diamond. The reverse tells the tale of this beloved coin’s Civil War heritage: the Union Shield is at the top of a wreath of oak leaves.
1938-D Buffalo Nickel. Created by famed American sculptor James Earle Fraser, the American bison on the reverse was modeled after Black Diamond, a large American bison then on display at the Bronx Zoo in New York City not far from Fraser’s studio. The Indian depicted on the coin is a dead ringer for Oglala Lakota Chief Iron Tail — though Fraser claimed it was a composite of three men in order to protect both the Chief’s privacy and his own artistic license.
1945 Mercury Dime. Originally known as the Winged Head Liberty Dime, the Mercury Dime is one of America’s most beloved coins. Designed by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, its iconic design bears it namesake: an image of Lady Liberty with a winged Phrygian cap that makes her look like the Roman god Mercury. The coin’s reverse depicts a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace.
1930 Standing Liberty Quarter. The design of Miss Liberty standing shield in hand and holding an olive branch was designed by sculptor Herman Atkins MacNeil. The coin’s reverse shows a flying eagle. Aa workhorse coin in the United States during World War I and through the Great Depression. The coin initially caused quite a scandal as its design featured Liberty with an exposed breast. But as we went to war, Liberty donned a vest of chain mail that she would wear until the series’ end.
1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Another coin featuring the work of Adolph A. Weinman, this coin’s classic design of “Walking Liberty,” is hailed as one of the most beautiful coins ever struck. It’s so revered that when the U.S. Mint introduced its American Silver Eagle bullion coin in 1986 it used Weinman’s iconic design! These coins are a staple of American history and are even more popular today than when they circulated during the first half of the 20th Century.
Each coin comes in Good to Very Fine (G–VF) condition. Get these five last-year issues in one set!