# 1316 - Early American Commemoratives - Part 8
Most of the info below comes from: https://earlycommemorativecoins.com/
"Commemorative coins were first issued by the United States Mint in 1892 to mark the World’s Columbian Exposition. The silver half dollars depicting Christopher Columbus were sold at the expedition for one dollar each. In subsequent years, the US Mint would continue the tradition of issuing gold and silver commemoratives to honor the important people, places, and events of the country.
Early commemorative coins were issued between the years 1892 and 1954 and have included primarily silver half dollars and gold dollars."
I will show the series "Silver Early Commemoratives". It will be presented in alphabetical order.
All coins weight 12.5g, with 90% silver purity.
The eightieth is a MS65 1936 "Delaware" Half Dollar.
"A commemorative coin was approved to mark the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Swedes in Delaware. Known as the Delaware Tercentenary Half Dollar, this issue is associated with a confusing array of dates. The date on the obverse is 1936, the coins were struck in 1937, and the anniversary date on the reverse is 1938."
PCGS graded 4,871 1936 "Delaware" Half Dollars, with 1,511 as MS65 and 1,062 above. 20,993 1936 "Delaware" were minted in Philadelphia.
Today's price is around $240.00.
"The obverse of the Delaware Half Dollar features an image of the Old Swedes Church, which was dedicated in 1699.
Both sides were designed by Carl L. Schmitz."
"The reverse depicts the ship Kalmar Nyckel, which brought Swedish settlers to the country."
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