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U.S. Half Dollar Coin in Case
US Mint
USA: Washington, D.C.
a: metal; b: cardboard, silk, velvet
box closed: 1/2"h x 2"w x 2"d; coin: 1/16"h x 1-1/4"dia.
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

a: Round silver-tone U.S. half dollar coin. On one side, in the center, a classically-dressed figure sits by a shield that reads, "Liberty" and holds a flag. There are thirteen stars along the top edge and "1864" at bottom. On the other side, in the center, is an eagle with a shield that holds arrows in its talons. Along the outer edge it reads, "United States of America Half Dol." b: Square blue paper-covered case with hinged lid that clasps in front. The bottom of the case is lined with blue velvet and has a round indentation for the coin. The top of the case is lined with white silk and has several rows of inked handwriting.

For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 256-257.

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