Arkansas at 179

1935_arkansas_centennial_silver_half_dollar-dOn June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted as the twenty-fifth state of the Union.  The flag did not get an additional star until July 4, 1836.

Today, she turns 179.

In advance of the 1936 Centennial, the U.S. Mint struck a Centennial Coin with the value of fifty cents.  The original 1935 design depicted a Native American male chief and a female with a Liberty cap.  The reverse side featured an eagle in front of the insignia from the Arkansas flag.

arkansas-robinson_half_dollar_commemorativeIn 1936, a second version was also authorized.  This was the only time that a design change was ever authorized for a commemorative coin.  The second version was a bust of Senator Joseph T. Robinson.  He was the Senate Majority Leader at the time and had been the 1928 Vice Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

The Centennial coins were actually issued up through 1940.  Today these coins can be valued well over $150 depending on their condition, the year of their issue and the location where they were struck.