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1903 $1 McKinley Commemorative NGC MS62

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  • Title: 1903 $1 McKinley Commemorative NGC MS62

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In 1902, Congress approved a plan to hold an exposition in Saint Louis to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase To commemorate the event, the Philadelphia mint struck 75,000 special gold dollars, featuring Thomas Jefferson on some and William McKinley on the rest. McKinley was chosen as the second featured president, because he was in office when the centennial was being planned. Although the coins were minted in 1902, they bore the year 1903. Additional coins were minted in 1903 with the same mint year of 1903. There were no distinguishing marks or records kept to distinguish the two runs of coins. All but the first 100 specimens, which were given a proof finish and released earlier, were released at the Saint Louis exposition, starting on April 30, 1904. Struck from 0.0484 troy ounces of .900 fine gold, there commemorative coins are unique and in limited supply with a population of only 499 coins.


The obverse design is a left-facing portrait of President William McKinley. Around and above the portrait are the words ‘United States of America.


The back of the coin reads ‘One Dollar’ above an olive branch and the dates for the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase ‘1803-1903.’ ‘Saint Louis’ is stamped below, indicating the location of the centennial exposition. The words ‘Louisiana Purchase Exposition’ are engraved above.

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