A favorite design in coins is in the United States fifty-cent piece: The 1925 California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.
It is the American Prospector panning for gold.
I like it so much that I am on a tubular journey to collect rounds with this design.
So it is not a surprise that I like, and therefore buy, the Prospectors Gold & Gem round.
The 2021 Gold PG&G RoundBy Prospectors Gold & Gems in Colorado, USA.
The reverse depicts a head of a bald eagle facing right. Made form .999+ fine gold of 24k, available only in 1/10 ounce rounds.
The obverse is adopted from local sculptor Jo Mora's design of the 1925 California commemorative coin... the American Prospector facing left.
Here's a little bit history of California and the production of the beautiful 1925 California Diamond Jubilee Commemorative coin.
Source of above information.
The discovery of gold in California in 1848 focused attention on that western territory as few other events ever could. The siren call of “riches for the taking” spread rapidly around the world. Tens of thousands caught “gold fever,” braving the rigors of voyages “around the Horn,” treks across Panama’s deadly jungles or the time-consuming overland journey through hostile Indian territory. So many came in search of the yellow metal that by 1850, the “Forty-Niners” and those who followed them west numbered over 100,000 strong, a far cry from the fewer than 500 American traders and settlers who were in California just several years earlier. With the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, the Mexican War came to an end. Along with Texas and New Mexico, this newly-rich territory of California was ceded to the United States.
The California coin became part of the Act of February 24, 1925. A noted local sculptor Jo Mora was asked to design a coin that would capture the spirit of the state’s diamond jubilee.
Fashioning both the obverse and reverse of the coin, Mora sought to embody the essence of California during the 1850s. He employed two symbolic motifs: a “Gold Rush” prospector and a grizzly bear. Initially, James Earle Fraser (designer of the Buffalo nickel). Mora added an interesting touch to the design of the California half: the fields were left unpolished, appearing as boldly textured on the finished coin.
Jo Mora’s simple, two-figure design captured the spirit of 1850s California in a direct manner that few other commemorative issues can rival. As a singularly artistic work and a necessary issue for collectors of the commemorative series, the California Diamond Jubilee half dollar will remain as coveted by numismatists of the future as it is by those of today.
My 2021 coins, I have shown so far:
- 2021 Gold Round PG&G
- 2021 Armenian Silver Noah's Ark
- 2021 American Gold Eagle 1/10 oz MS70 First Strike
- 2021 Tuvalu Silver Black Flag (The Red Flag)
- 2021 Australian Silver Kookaburra
- 2021 Somalia Silver Elephant
- 2021 South African Silver Krugerrand
- 2021 Austrian Silver Philharmonic
- 2021 Niue Roaring Lion Silver Coin
- 2021 St. Helena Silver Queen's Virtue Victory Coin
- 2021 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
- 2021 China Silver Panda
- 2021 Australia The Great White Shark
- 2021 American Silver Eagle
- 2021 American Silver Eagle MS70 First Strike
- 2021 American Silver Eagle
Source: Coinweek, Apmex, JM Bullion, SD Bullion, Wikipedia
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