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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.

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

05 Jul 2017


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

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]

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.

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.

14 Jan 2017

I Usually Don't Like to Toot My Own Horn, But...

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In this case I'll make an exception for my friends who regularly only post on the ANA's web site and rarely, if ever frequent NGC's Collectors Society site.As many of you know I display many of my collections on NGC's Collectors Society including my Laura Gardin Fraser set that I have written much about over here. Therefore, it is with humble pleasure that I announce that I have won NGC's "Most Creative Custom Set" award for my Laura Gardin Fraser set.I am posting an image featuring the kind words the judges made concerning my set along with links to the announcement and my award winning set. If you have the opportunity, take a little time to peruse some of the really fine sets on display at Collectors Society. There are great collections of coins over there organized in sets, some with excellent write-ups and images. Many of the set owners have included a great deal of educational information with their sets. One of the things I love about this hobby is the free flow of educational information between individual collectors.Watch for the announcement soon in The Numismatist. If NGC remains true to form they will publish their 2016 award winners in a number of numismatic publications. Happy Collecting to all!https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/5732/NGC-registry-award-winners/https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=19449Gary

17 Dec 2016

HELP ! - Can You Identify This Medal

Medals | Ancient Collector

Some 40 years ago I found this medal in a Ten Cent box in a dealer's shop. I couldn't identify it then and I still can't identify it. Hopefully one of you can help.

11 Dec 2016

With the Help of New Friends and Resources

Medals | coinsbygary

Besides world coins, tokens, and medals based on a particular theme, my primary area of numismatic interest is in United States coins. This past year though I have delved into an area of numismatics that until now was unfamiliar to me. Rather than starting another theme based set, I started a set based on the work of a particular sculptor. I started a collection of coins and medals featuring the artwork of Laura Gardin Fraser. While I was somewhat familiar with the coins attributed to Laura Gardin Fraser, the same cannot be said concerning the many medals she designed. Familiarizing myself with her medals became quite a task because she was much more prolific in designing medals than she was with coins.The first thing I wanted to know is what to collect. All her coins are very well known and readily available. However, I had no clue as to the number and availability of the medals Laura Gardin Fraser designed. Later, I was to discover that she may have designed and sculpted up to one hundred medals.A search of the internet produced a medallic art databank created by Medallic Art Company corporate historian, D. Wayne Johnson. Laura Gardin Fraser’s databank page was the most important internet resource in helping me to identify her medals. This page had practically everything, a comprehensive list of items by date with pictures, auction appearances, and a bibliography which I found invaluable to my research.I also found the ANA archives of The Numismatist and the Newman Numismatic Portal very useful. The archives of The Numismatist contains numerous articles on Laura Gardin Fraser’s work. I even found a couple of the ad pages to be helpful. The Newman Numismatic Portal contains all the medallic art auction catalogs of the Presidential Coin & Antique Company. These catalogs were especially useful because of the lot descriptions and estimated valuations. The valuations helped me to determine what I could expect to pay for the medals in my collection.Along with purchasing new pieces for my collection came new books for my library. These included End of the Trail by Dean Krakel, The US Mint and Coinage by Don Taxay, and Numismatic Art in America by Cornelius Vermeule. Other references included The American Women Medalist, a Critical Survey by Elaine J. Leotti and a January 1970 Coinage Magazine article entitled, Ordeal of Laura Gardin Fraser by Don Taxay. In fact, I think Don Taxay’s article in Coinage Magazine is the most credible narrative I have read on the contest for the Washington Quarter.Next, the purchasing avenues for medals is somewhat different from that of coins. However, other places such as E-Bay are pretty much the same. For me, E-Bay was a familiar place in which to begin my collection. It was also a good source of Laura Gardin Fraser’s most readily available medals. That said, it didn’t take to long for the E-Bay well to dry up. Subsequently, the annual Presidential Coin and Antique auction quickly emerged as a top purchasing outlet for all those difficult to locate medals.In the last Presidential Coin and Antiques auction I passed on a scarce silver Washington medal and ended up winning a silver plated Morgan Horse medal at a price that was towards the bottom of the estimated valuation. What really surprised me about winning this auction is that even before I found out that I had won the auction, or even paid a single red cent, the piece showed up on my doorstep! I’ve never had this happen before especially since this was my first auction with Presidential. All this brings me to the most important and necessary element of my transition into the world of medals, the human element!While looking for information pertaining to the 1947 MacArthur peso and 50-centavo piece in The Numismatist, I ran across a letter to the editor written by a collector of anything Fraser. This person also included their e-mail address in the body of the letter. With a little encouragement from another of my friends I sent a cold contact e-mail inquiry to the writer of that letter. To my amazement I got much more in his reply than what I had asked for or even hoped for.What I have now is a new friend who is very eager to help me in my quest. One of the resources that I have not had the opportunity to examine is the Fraser family papers. However, my new friend had. As a result I found out the specific contents of a nine-point letter Laura Gardin Fraser had sent to the Philippine embassy chronicling her difficulties with the Philippines peso and 50-centavo coins.Later we had an hour long conversation over the phone about Laura Gardin Fraser and he freely answered a number of my questions. He also e-mailed me some of his own writings on the topic and sent a spreadsheet he had compiled of many of Mrs. Fraser’s works. As an extra bonus the spreadsheet contained the latest final hammers for each piece. This was very helpful as a tool to help me gage how much I would have to spend in order to continue this collection.My new friend also watched for buying opportunities on E-Bay and more than once notified me of a piece that his search uncovered and mine missed. My latest two purchases are a direct sale from a friend of my new friend. I purchased the 1912/13 National Institute of Social Sciences medal and the rare 1932 John Endecott Massachusetts Tercentenary medal from this person after a very pleasant half-hour phone conversation and a confirming e-mail. I immediately mailed him a check for the medals and he mailed the medals to me on the next business day. As it turned out, the day my check cleared his bank was the day the medals showed up at my house.This is the way I love to do business and I am impressed with the honesty and integrity of the people I come in contact with in this hobby. It really doesn’t get much better than this. And to all those who have helped me in my numismatic journey a hearty, thank you!Gary


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