Early United States commemorative coins

York commemorative half dollar, obverse
Norfolk commemorative half dollar, reverse

The early United States commemorative coins traditionally begins with the 1892 Columbian Half dollar and extends through the 1954 Booker T. Washington issue.[citation needed] The profits from the sale of commemorative coins was often used to fund a specific project. Commemorative coins were a money raising mechanism that provided an alternative to raising taxes.

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