Coin World concludes reviewing the “12 Days of Christmas” in
Washington crossing the Delaware
The 1914 medal
isn’t the only instance of a Christmas-related numismatic item to be
born from war.
To understand why the New Jersey State quarter dollar is on the
list, you first have to understand the moment in American history
captured on the reverse.
The coin’s scene shows Gen. George Washington leading troops in boats across the Delaware River.
This moment in the Revolutionary War was monumental, as 2,400 troops
were ferried across the river under the cover of darkness, late during
Christmas Day in 1776. This allowed Washington to direct a surprise
attack against the Hessians the next morning near Trenton, N.J., which
gave Washington's troops a much-needed victory.
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The event was immortalized in Emmanuel Leutze’s famous painting and, for coin collectors, on the coin. If
diligent, a search of pocket change will reveal the coin for its face value.
Its importance in American history earns it the final place in
Coin World’s “12 Days of Christmas” list.
As the holiday season lengthens, this concludes our foray into the
“12 Days of Christmas.”
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