The ‘20’s may have been roaring, but not the stock market or gold and silver in 1926. The DJIA advanced less than one point from Dec. 31, 1925 to December 31, 1926. Gold fell only a cent for the calendar year, while silver tumbled 22% to an average of $.538 for the same period.
But the economy was still roaring with the big event being the demonstration of TV’s for the first time. Two days later they were showing Andy Griffith reruns. Walt Disney Studios opened; Thomas Edison announced Americans preferred silent movies to “talkies;” but the big news was gold was discovered in South Africa and gold came back into the limelight in terms of currencies worldwide.
For collectors, 1926 was a good year. The 1926 Denver issue of the Saint-Gaudens has been highly sought after from the time it was issued and is still featured at auctions whenever one makes it to the market, especially one in high quality. Four commemorative half dollars were issued giving collectors many new coins to seek out. The following is the list of those issued in 1926: