Complete Us Mint Year Set (Foreign and Domestic) – 1933

Economically, things slightly improved in 1933 despite several alarming world events. Both the French and German governments fall. Hitler came to power as chancellor of the resulting German government. A bank holiday was declared in 6 states just days before Roosevelt took office who then declared a national 10-day bank holiday to ease the run on banks. On March 9, FDR issued an executive order forbidding the hoarding of gold. Exceptions were made for collectors, for individuals with less than $100 in gold, and for those who used gold in manufacturing as in the jewelry industry. On June 5, the gold standard was abolished causing a dramatic move in the precious metal from a yearly average of $20.69 in 1932 to $26.33, an increase of 27%. Hitler then banned all trade unions in Germany and world tensions really came to the forefront.

With all the political changes surrounding gold, the gold coins actually minted were supposedly melted down, but as every numismatist knows, a few survived. Therefore, they are listed below, but good luck on ever acquiring one.

  • Lincoln Cent – P & D
  • Walking Liberty Half – S
  • Indian Head Eagle ($10.00 gold piece) – minted then melted: Extremely rare.
  • Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle ($20.00 gold piece) – minted then melted: Extremely rare.
  • Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar – D

Coins Minted in United States for Other Nations

Colombia
  • 1 Centavo (75% copper-25% nickel) made in P
  • 2 Centavos (75% copper-25% nickel) made in P
  • 5 Centavos (75% copper-25% nickel) made in P
Cuba
  • 1 Peso (silver)
Panama
  • 1/10 Balboa (90% silver/10% copper)
  • ¼ Balboa (90% silver/10% copper)
  • ½ Balboa (90% silver/10% copper)

There Were No Pattern Coins This Year