Jaime Hernandez: This is my personal favorite design on a U.S. Commemorative coin.
The 1934-D Oregon Trail Half Dollar Commemorative is not the lowest mintage coin for the Oregon Trail Commemorative series. However, it is the scarcest coin in high grades of MS67 or higher. There are no MS68's for this date and mint mark, despite there being coins graded as high as MS69 in the Oregon Trail Commemorative series.
They say that a picture is worth a million words.
On the obverse of the coin, an American Indian with an envious physique is displayed holding a bow. Behind the Indian is an outlined map of the United States of America. The map displays a line of Conestoga wagons traveling the historical Oregon Trail.
The reverse of the coin displays someone (probably the father and husband of the family in the wagon) guiding two oxen towards a large and vibrant sun or the new territories in the West. On the passengers seat of the Conestoga wagon, a mother is displayed holding her baby in her lap while bravley traveling to the new lands.
The Oregon Trail Commemorative coins were produced to honor and remember the approximate 22,000 brave that traveled the 2,000 mile journey and gave up everything they had, including their lives in order to explore the new lands in the west.
This design has it all, art, beauty, talent, bravery, passion and history. This is why it is my favorite design on a U.S. Commemorative coin.
David Hall: There were 7006 1934-D Oregon Trails minted and distributed at an issue price of $2.00 per coin. Interestingly, though the 1934-D Oregon is only the 10th "rarest" of the 14 Oregons, it is one of the toughest to find in Superb Gem condition. Only the very low mintage 1939 and 1939-S are harder to find in MS66 condition, and in MS67 the 1934-D is the rarest of all Oregons.
Though rare in superb condition, when they come the come nice. The strike on a Gem is sharp and the luster is usually outstanding. For some reasons, the 1934-D is more prone to bag marks than other Oregons, hence their rarity in Superb condition.
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