California Bicentennial Coin 1769 - 1969 Collectors Issue Set 4 Coins Medals. 999 % pure Silver one 4.5 ounces, the other. 9 of an ounce the other two Bronze size: 63mm & 39mm by M. 1969 Sculptor Tom Van Sant in almost Excellent condition. You will receive all 4 of the medals listed.1969 SILVER CALIFORNIA BICENTENNIAL MEDALLIC ART CO. NGC Grade MS 66 (only 2 in this grade & 2 graded higher; near top pop). 1969 BRONZE CALIFORNIA BICENTENNIAL MEDALLIC ART CO. NGC Grade MS 65 (only 1 in this grade & 3 graded higher; near top pop). NGC Grade MS 64 DPL (only 2 in this grade & 1 graded higher; near top pop). NGC Grade MS 67(only 2 in this grade & 3 graded higher; near top pop). The year 1969 marks the 200th birthday of California's founding. For it was in 1769 that Franciscan Fathers and soldiers of the Spanish crown entered what then was called Alta California and founded a mission and the first permanent settlement in San Diego. A grizzly bear, symbol of the State of California, is featured on the obverse side of the official medal. Flanking the animal on the left is a symbol representing the redwood, California state tree. On the right, a poppy, the California state flower. The dates below establish the two centuries being celebrated during California's Bicentennial. A figure group is featured on the reverse side of the medal, each figure representing a basic cultural influence in the history of California. The four figures, from left to upper center are, first, a Franciscan Father, representing the Spanish cultural influence of the 18th century. Second, an Indian, representing those tribes indigenous to California. Third, a Mexican vaquero, representing the days of California under the Mexican flag, recalling the romantic era of the great rancheros. Fourth, a modern engineer-builder, a symbol of the incredible growth of California's industry and commerce.
The four figures beginning from extreme right to upper center are, first, a frontiersman, representing the first Americans who crossed the continent to enter Spanish California. Second, a gold miner, representing the 49ers who came to California seeking gold after its discovery at Sutters mill in 1849. Third, a farmer, representing those settlers in California during the latter part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century who cultivated the soil and developed California. Forty, a worker representing the greatest of California migrations after WW II. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Exonumia\Medals".
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