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1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Commemorative

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1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Commemorative Available for Purchase!

Discover the 1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Commemorative, a rare and historically significant piece from the American Arts Commemorative Series. Crafted by the United States Mint between 1980 and 1984, this gold bullion medallion was part of a prestigious collection designed to compete with global bullion coins like the South African Krugerrand.

About the 1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Commemorative

The American Arts Commemorative Series was introduced as a collection of gold bullion medallions featuring a range of celebrated American artists. These medallions were struck in .900 gold alloy, reflecting the same composition as American gold coins prior to 1933. Each medallion in this series was available in two sizes: 1 troy ounce and 1/2 troy ounce.

Key Features of the 1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Medallion:

  • Gold Content: 1/2 troy ounce of .900 fine gold.
  • Design:
    • Obverse: Features a detailed portrait of Willa Cather, the acclaimed American author renowned for her literary contributions.
    • Reverse: Showcases the series’ emblem, emphasizing the artistic and cultural significance of the American Arts Commemorative Series.

Historical Context and Significance

Despite its artistic value and historical significance, the American Arts Commemorative Series faced challenges during its time. The medallions struggled with low sales, primarily due to issues such as a cumbersome ordering process and the lack of clear indications of issuing authority and gold content.

Despite these issues, the series played a pivotal role in the evolution of American bullion coins. It laid the groundwork for the American Eagle gold and silver bullion coin series, which has since become a staple for investors and collectors.

Why Buy the 1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Commemorative?

  • Historical Rarity: This medallion is a unique collector’s item from a historically significant series.
  • Investment Value: Made from .900 fine gold, it has intrinsic value as both a collectible and an investment.
  • Cultural Significance: Honors Willa Cather, an important figure in American literature.
  • Increasing Scarcity: Many medallions have been melted down over time, making surviving examples increasingly rare.

How to Buy the 1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Commemorative

Visit our online store at to explore our collection of rare and historic gold medallions. Order the 1981 1/2 oz Gold American Arts Willa Cather Medallion today and add a piece of American history to your collection!


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