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300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut half dollar commemorative of 1935. I've loved this design since I was but a sprat, now at 69 I've finally have added to a small group of other USA commemoratives I admire. Both the obverse and reverse were designed by Henry G. Kreis.
The Charter Oak was an unusually large white oak tree growing on Wyllys Hyll in Hartford, Connecticut in the United States, from around the 12th or 13th century until it fell during a storm in 1856. According to tradition, Connecticut's Royal Charter of 1662 was hidden within the hollow of the tree to thwart its confiscation by the English governor-general. The oak became a symbol of American independence and is commemorated on the recent Connecticut State Quarter. In 1935, for Connecticut's tercentennial, it was also depicted on a postage stamp.
Dutch explorer Adrian Block described a tree at the future site of Hartford in his log in 1614 which is understood to be this one. In the 1630s, a delegation of local Native Americans is said to have approached Samuel Wyllys, the early settler who owned and cleared much of the land around it, encouraging its preservation and describing it as planted ceremonially, for the sake of peace, when their tribe first settled in the area. [Wikipedia, which has more interesting history, see 'Charter Oak']
"It has been the guide of our ancestors for centuries as to the time of planting our corn; when the leaves are the size of a mouse's ears, then is the time to put the seed into the ground." [Harriet L. Keeler (1900). "Our Native Trees and How to Identify Them"]
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Keywords: USA Connecticut Charter Oak Eagle
Denomination: Half Dollar
Reference #: KM# 169
Date/Mintmark: 1935 (Philadelphia)
Condition: PCGS MS65
Weight: 12.5 g.; 30.6 mm
Metal: .900 silver

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