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04 Sep 2017

Déjà Vu... ???

Medals | Kepi

You may remember back in August seeing a similar blog by me. You're probably thinking " Oh brother...Kepi's gone nuts! She already put this Medal up"... If you look closely though you'll see that this is a different "Life and Death" Medal. This one graded higher at PCGS SP 66. c.1950 by Cecil Howard, Sculptor. To date there are only 2 graded in existence and even though I wasn't looking for the second one, I found it at auction and won it far below what it should have gone for. So I must say I'm really excited to show you my 2 of 2 "Life and Death" Medal's. I like to check out the smaller coin auction sites...you never know when you might find a "sleeper", as I believe most bidders were looking at the larger coin auctions going on like The Money Show in Denver and the Pre-Long Beach Show among others.

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04 Sep 2017

The National Geographic Society Hubbard Medallion

Medals | coinsbygary

The National Geographic Hubbard Medallion is named after the first president of the National Geographic Society, Gardiner Greene Hubbard. It is the National Geographic Society's highest award and is conferred on persons who distinguish themselves by a lifetime of achievement in research, discovery, and exploration. This prestigious award was first presented to Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary in 1906. [1] [2]

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24 Aug 2017

*PEACE IS LIFE* *WAR IS DEATH* MEDAL

Medals | Kepi

I was lucky enough to have had won this Medal during a heated auction! I was really drawn to the strong theme, "Peace is Life" obverse, "War is Death" reverse. The sculptor is Cecil Howard and was created c. 1950. The medal measures 72mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. Its reported mintage is 842 pieces in silver-plated bronze. This medal was chosen as the 42nd issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1950. This one has been graded by PCGS as a SP63. There is only one graded higher and none graded lower at PCGS. I feel very honored to have this beautiful Medal in my collection!

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20 Jul 2017

Remembering Apollo 11

Medals | CoinLady

Forty-eight years ago tonight, a Sunday evening, I was glued to the TV watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I was inspired. I was moved. I was a teen but I still got tears. I was an avid fan of the space program and an amateur astronomer.

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06 Jul 2017

The Blessings of Liberty

Medals | coinsbygary

The intent of this post is not to upstage Kepi's fine post on the 1876 Centennial Exposition Medal but to expound on it a little more. At one time I used to have a column posted on NGC's Collector's Society entitled, "Gary's Coin of the Month." It got a little cumbersome and I discontinued it after three years. However, my July 2012 post featured this very medal that Kepi posted yesterday. Thus, since I have not posted this article here and I believe that Kepi will enjoy it, I am re-posting it now. For those of you wishing to read my old postings I have compiled them into a set which you can access by clicking the following link https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=11573

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05 Jul 2017

1876 UNITED STATES CENTENNIAL BRONZE MEDAL

Medals | Kepi

I couldn't believe it when I opened my package from the auction house in which I won this beautiful Medal! My first thought was it's so big!!! Especially in the holder! This is my first Medal purchase and I love it! Officially it's a 1876 Dated J-CM-11 ,AE 58mm United States Centennial MS 62 BN... Now that's quite a title : ) The obverse is Liberty placing a wreath on the heads of Industry and Art with the date 1876 below. It reads " In Commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of American Independence. Act of Congress June 1874. " The reverse is Rising Liberty with an unsheathed sword beneath 13 stars in a glory. Date 1776. The legend around reads " These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States. " The engraver is William Barber and there was about 7,000 pieces struck in Bronze. I feel so fortunate and proud to have this Medal in my collection, as the history behind it speaks for itself. ******* My research came from a reference book that I checked out from the ANA Library. "Medals of the United States Mint." The First Century 1792-1892 By R.W. Julian

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25 Jun 2017

The 1930 Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary Medallion

Medals | coinsbygary

The Governor Endecott medallion struck by the Medallic Art Company in 1930 commemorates the Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary. Interestingly, this medallion was not commissioned by a group or a committee involved in the tercentenary celebration but as stated in the June 1931 issue of "The Numismatist," for a private account. The mintage of the medallion is about 200 suggesting that this large 102 mm bronze medallion was only intended for limited distribution. [1]

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15 Mar 2017

Hudson Fulton Celebration Medal

Medals | World_Coin_Nut

I don't purchase many medals. It's not that I don't like them, I just prefer coins that were used in commerce. When I saw this historic medal I just couldn't say no. It was made by the ANS to so coincide with the 1909 Hudson Fulton Celebration. These were made in multiple sizes. In addition to silver they were also made out of brass, aluminum and white metal. This particular piece is 102mm in diameter and is 11.7 ounces of Sterling Silver. Thethird photo is showing the size comparison to a United States quarter. This is the largest size made and is pretty scarce.

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31 Jan 2017

Franklin D.Roosevelt

Medals | Mike Burns

Hi. I have been collecting the Presidential Coin and Chronicles set before they were called that. The first one was done in 2006 and it was of Benjamin Franklin. The same format continued with President Lincoln in 2009. That was the hardest to get and I was lucky to get it last year. I do have them all. The reason I'm writing about this great man and President is because his set was the first with a reverse proof presidential coin. The mintage was 17.000. If you remember it sold out in twelve minutes.

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