It is not known who suggested the idea of a United States coin to commemorate the peace that followed WW1. Many believe though that it was because of an article in the American Numismatic Association’s official publication the Numismatist. It was written by Frank Duffield and he proposed the idea of a coin that would be minted in amounts so large that it would never become rare. And when Farran Zerbe’s paper, “Commemorate the Peace with a Coin for Circulation”, was read the ANA’s Chicago convention in 1920, a committee appointed by Congress set out to do just that. A design by Anthony de Francisci was chosen and the coin was minted in 1921 to 1928, and again in 1934 and 1935.
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