That Nagging Feeling
A while back I posted a picture of my set of coins minted in the year 1900. Some chimed it that the set didn’t include the Layafette Dollar. My thought at the time was “it’s a commemorative coin, I don’t need it as part of the set”.
Unfortunately there remained that nagging feeling that the set wasn’t complete. I pushed it aside but it kept nagging away at me. I finally broke down, found one I could afford and purchased it.
One interesting note I found is that the Lafayette Dollar is the first U.S. legal tender coin with a portrait of Washington on it. All of the 50,000 coins were minted on one day, December 14th, 1899. Actually there was some controversy about dating coins minted in 1899 with the year 1900 on them but the powers that be wanted the date on the coin to coincide with the date of the Paris Exposition to be held in 1900.
On the reverse of the coin is the inscription “Erected by the youth in the United States…” that refers to a fund raising effort by students to help raise the $50,000 needed to build the statue of Lafayette that was to be unveiled at the Paris Exhibition.
Here is the coin I got.