Coin Challenge Answers - Cloud
Are you sure you are ready to check to see if you know which coin shows a cumulus cloud with rays
projecting from the bottom of the cloud?
Did you recognize the coin? Is that a cloud with rain or lightening? Perhaps the those are
rays from the sun hidden behind the cloud.
Let's take a look at the full coin.
First, the obverse:
Next, the reverse:
This coin is the 1936 Delaware Tercentenary classic commemorative coin recognizing the 300th
anniversary of the Swedes landing in Delaware at what is now Wilmington.
The coin's designs were chosen from a competition during which Carl L. Schmitz won with these
The dates on the coins are somewhat odd in that the coin was approved in 1936, minted in 1937 and
delivered in 1938. Thus, the 1936 on the obverse and the 1938 on the reverse.
The obverse shows the Old Swedes Church in Wilmington DE which still stands today over 370 years later. The reverse
includes the Kalmar Nyckel on which the Swedes traveled to the new world in 1638.
Jointly, Americans and Swedes celebrated the significance of the 300th anniversary in
1938. Similar to the US Mint's Tercentenary coin, Sweden issued a two-krona coin to commemorate the 300
In our book, Days of Our Coins, the Delaware Tercentenary
commemorative silver half dollar coin is featured on March 29 (reverse) and October 22