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 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 Lemayne / 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.