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Year: 2008
Denomination: 20.00

Singing and the Holidays go hand in hand. It's a natural impulse to express one's joy in song; one that predates Christianity when people used to dance and chant in a circle. Etymologists today speculate that the earliest meaning of "carol" actually suggests "circle" rather than "song." The word "carol" began to refer strictly to nativity songs when singing became a regular part of formal church services during the 13th century. The charitable aspects of carolling evolved from beggars who sang in the streets hoping their songs would please passers-by and earn them a gift of food or money.

The custom of carolling from house to house is believed to have been inspired by the watchmen of historic Europe; they too would sing as they walked the streets of their walled cities. No doubt, hearing voices in song is a treat for the listener; but it's also a delight for the singer. Just watch the smiling faces the next time you see people carolling around a Christmas tree.

Face Value: 20 dollars
Mintage: 10,000
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof

Special Features:
99.99% pure silver coin. Magnificent design with traditional engraving. Second coin in this annual holiday series!

Coin encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.

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