Complete US Mint Year Set (Foreign and Domestic) – 1939

The stock market ended the year at about the same place it began, around 151. The price of gold also remained almost constant at $34.42, but silver tumbled for the 5th year in a row to $.35 per ounce producing a staggering gold/silver ration of 98.34:1.

Trouble in Europe heated up as Hitler called for the extermination of all European Jews on January 30th. This was soon followed by the fall of the Spanish and then the Belgian governments as Hitler moved into Czechoslovakia. Shortly thereafter he signed the “Pact of Steel” with Mussolini. In September, the first bombing of Great Britain occurred and the world was on the brink of war. But with the US declaring neutrality in the war efforts, collectors focused on pulling together the following coins as another good crop of coins came to the public:

  • Lincoln Cent – P, D, S, & Proof
  • Jefferson Nickel – P, D, S, DDR “Double Monticello,” & Proof
  • Mercury Dime – P, D, S, & Proof
  • Washington Quarter – P, D, S, & Proof
  • Walking Liberty Half – P, D, S, & Proof
  • Arkansas Centennial Half Dollar – P, D, & S
  • Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar – P, D, & S

Coins Minted in United States for Other Nations

Cuba
  • 1 Peso (90% silver/10% copper) no mint mark but made in P
Dominican Republic
  • 1 Centavo (95% copper/5% tin & zinc)
  • 5 Centavos (75% copper/25% nickel)
  • 10 Centavos (same as war nickel) no mint mark but made in P
  • 25 Centavos (same as war nickel) no mint mark but made in P
  • 1 Peso (silver)
Honduras
  • 1 Centavo, bronze (95% copper, 5% zinc) no mint mark but made in P
  • 2 Centavos, (95% copper, 5% zinc) no mint mark but made in P

There Were No Pattern Coins This Year