The Old Spanish Trail half dollar is a commemorative coin struck by the
United States Bureau of the Mint in 1935. It was designed by L. W.
Hoffecker, a coin dealer who had been the moving force behind the effort
for a Gadsden Purchase half dollar, vetoed by President Herbert Hoover
in 1930, and he sought another commemorative coin that he could control
if authorizing legislation was passed. He chose the travels of Spanish
officer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in the early 16th century. Though
Hoffecker's hometown of El Paso, Texas, is featured on the coin, Cabeza
de Vaca came nowhere near its site. Hoffecker purchased the coins from
the Mint at face value and sold them to collectors, ostensibly on behalf
of the local museum, but in fact for his personal profit, something he
later denied before Congress. His design for the coin, featuring the
head of a cow (the English meaning of cabeza de vaca), has brought mixed
reviews from numismatic commentators.
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