Mark Trout, web master for the Ocala Coin Club
The founding of the Plymouth Colony in 1607 brought hope for the Pilgrims who sought a place for freedom, for life, and for worship. They represent the hope for a new future, free from prejudice, and the determination to succeed in a new way of life. We honor them by their likeness on currency, coins and stamps.
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To help us build our coin collecting knowledge, I want to build a numismatic "library" of current, well-kept websites! With your help, I will compile a list of websites where any reader could go to for information on coins, currency, tokens, medals, wooden nickels, souvenir cards, and other paper.
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The earliest appearance on currency is “The Landing of the Pilgrims” on the reverse of the $1 National Bank Note of the First Charter Period, 1863-1882. This vignette, engraved by Charles Burt, features the boarders in green, the painting in black. The design depicts the long boat unloading several families at Plymouth Rock, arriving in the New World for the first time.
Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Paper Money of the United States. (The Coin & Currency Institute, Inc., Clifton, NJ); 18th edition, 2006.
Kenneth Bressett ed., A Guide Book of United States Coins 2018 [The Red Book]; (Whitman Publishing Company, Pelham, AL); 71st edition, 2017.
The next appearance of Pilgrims occurred on the Federal Reserve Bank Note of 1913 and 1918 on the reverse of the $5 in a new position sharing the “Landing of the Pilgrims” with a vignette of “Columbus in Sight of Land.” These notes are the most affordable of the series featuring the Pilgrims. This final issue features the “Lincoln Porthole” obverse.
When it comes to coinage, the two commemorative half dollars of 1920 and 1921 are the featured items. Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, congress authorized a tercentennial coin. Cyrus F. Dallin, a Boston sculpture, executed the designs furnished to him by the commission. His initial D is below the elbow of Governor William Bradford, on the obverse. The reverse shows the Mayflower. The first issue had no date on the obverse. The coins struck in 1921 show that date in addition of 1620-1920. Distribution records show that 152,112 of the 1920 and 20,053 of the 1921 were issued. (a total of 128,000 were returned to the mint and melted.
The final note in the currency series is a rare 1918 issue $10,000 note featuring the “Embarkation of the Pilgrims” as they sat aboard the ship “Mayflower.” There are only seven known copies of this bill, and they were issued only in Boston, New York, Cleveland, Richmond, St. Louis, and San Francisco.
With the onset of November comes cooler weather, college football, and the thoughts of the Thanksgiving holiday. As Americans we relish the holidays that make memories, remind us of family experiences, and hopefully fill our hearts with pleasant remembrances.
From the same First Charter period, the $50 note also featured the “Embarkation of the Pilgrims” on the reverse. This pictured the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the first rules of government written specifically for life in the new colony. The vignette is taken from a mural originally painted by Robert W. Weir which is in the rotunda of our nation’s capital. It was engraved in the 1860’s by Joseph Prosper Ourdan.
“Recognizing the Pilgrims on US Currency & Coins”
National Bank Notes from the Third Charter Period, 1902-1922, once again featured the similar vignette of the “Landing of the Pilgrims” on the reverse of the $5 note with blue seal, red seal, and with and without the dates of 1902-1908. (Similar to the above image.)