Early U.S. Commemorative Coins - When it comes to commemorative coins, no nation has surpassed the United States. Commemoratives have been popular among collectors since the days of the Greeks and Romans, and they are issued by many nations today.
Some of the nation’s greatest sculptors – Charles Barber, George Morgan, and James Earle Fraser – all designed early U.S. commemorative coins. Many collectors consider the designs featured on these coins as some of the most beautiful designs our nation has ever issued. APMEX offers a superb selection of classic U.S. commemorative coins issued between 1892 and 1954.
Classic U.S. commemorative coins were minted to commemorate important events and noteworthy people in American history. Also, before the creation of the newspaper, early commemoratives proved a useful means of passing along news. Fifty different issues of commemorative coins were issued between 1892 for the World's Columbian Exposition and 1954 for Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. The complete set has 144 different date and mintmark combinations. Many collectors succeed in completing either or both of these stunning collections.