|The World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Half Dollars are widely accepted as the first U.S. commemorative and the first in the widely collected classic commemorative series. However, some argue that the 1848 CAL. quarter eagles were really the first U.S. commemoratives. The Columbian Exposition Half Dollars were also the first United States coin of regular issue to depict an actual historical person, Christopher Columbus. The silver used to coin many of the Columbian Half Dollars came from the melting of then uncurrent coins which were pulled from circulation and held by the Treasury, many of which were half dimes last minted in 1873. The Columbian Half Dollars were minted for two years, 1892 and 1893. This example is an 1892 Columbian Half Dollar which has been graded MS65 by PCGS. The coin has also been certified by CAC as being solid for the assigned grade. The coin is beautifully toned on both sides and has amazing overall eye appeal. The obverse of the coin is mostly toned a bright blue color, with other colors also present, especially towards the rim. The reverse has stunning rainbow toning, particularly on the upper half of the reverse, that is simply beautiful. The coin also has strong luster underneath the toning which helps the overall eye appeal to pop. Some light marks on the high points of the obverse and reverse prevent a higher technical grade, but that doesn't prevent this coin from standing out and above your average gem Columbian Half Dollar.