Secure the design of a pattern never struck for circulation in your collection!
Late into the 19th century, many years after the famous California Gold Rush, the bankers and merchants of California faced a very unexpected monetary problem: They had more gold than they had currency! In response to the issue, they had a bill introduced to the government that would allow the minting of $100 “Union” and $50 “Half-Union” coins, struck from large amounts of gold. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass… but that didn’t stop U.S. Mint Director Henry Linderman, who proceeded to have 5th U.S. Mint Chief Engraver William Barber design the coins anyways! The “Union” design was never struck onto a pattern, but two patterns of the “Half-Union” coins were created, and are now protected at the Smithsonian today!
Limited to a mintage of just 2,500, this 1 avoirdupois (AVDP) oz. copper proof commemorates these existing patterns by bearing their designs! Created directly from the original gold “Half-Unions” at the Smithsonian, this version bears the original designs of William Barber, only slightly more affordable version and struck with a fine, proof finish
Barber’s historic “Half-Union” designs!
The obverse of the “Half Union” features a portrait of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet with the text “LIBERTY.” 13 stars surround the portrait, representing the thirteen original states.
On the reverse is a heraldic eagle. “HALF UNION” is present below the design, along with the inscription “2017 DENVER” and “ANA WMF” on either side.
This commemorative came to us just as it came from the Mint, in GEM Proof condition. It also comes in officially licensed, Smithsonian-branded packaging.
Secure U.S. numismatic history now!