The Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar was an American fifty-cent piece
struck in 1925. Its main purpose was to raise money for the Stone
Mountain Memorial – a large sculpture in memory of Confederate general
Robert E. Lee on a huge rock outcropping near Atlanta, Georgia. The
obverse of the coin (pictured) features Lee and Stonewall Jackson; the
reverse has the caption "Memorial to the Valor of the Soldier of the
South". Stone Mountain and the coin were designed by sculptor Gutzon
Borglum, who, like other proponents, was a Ku Klux Klan member. To
appease Northerners, the proposed coin was also to honor the recently
deceased president, Warren G. Harding, but all reference to him was
removed, by order of his successor, Calvin Coolidge. Extensive sales
efforts for the coin took place throughout the South, though these were
hurt by the firing of Borglum in 1925, which alienated many of his
supporters. A 1928 audit of the fundraising showed excessive expenses
and misuse of money, and construction halted the same year—a scaled-
down sculpture was completed in 1970. Due to the large quantities
issued, the Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar remains inexpensive
compared with other U.S. commemoratives.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Mountain_Memorial_half_dollar>
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Camille Chautemps became Prime Minister of France for the third
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone
taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To
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openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. All these and other
factors combined, if the circumstances are right, can teach and can lead
--Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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