So-Called Dollars


Medal issued by Mobile 250th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, Mobile; design "suggested" by executive committee; authorized by 86th Congress and struck at Philadelphia Mint. Obverse of medal bears likeness of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, who founded city in 1711 as French capital of Louisiana. In ensuing 250 years, 6 flags flew over Mobile as depicted in official seal of anniversary on reverse. Issue limited to 5,000 Silver pieces; sold for $5.50.

Photos courtesy of Tom Hoffman

Obv. Male bust part r., to l. 1711, to r. 1961; above around Commemoration De Deux Cent Cinquante Annees; below bust Jean Baptiste Lemoyne / Sieur de Bienville
Rev. Seal of 250th Anniversary i.e. 6 flags surround 2 circles; inner circle Mobile / Alabama; in outer circle, around From Enchanting Tradition Enduring Progress; on ribbon below 250th Anniversary

HK-587 Silver. 33mm. Turner 6.