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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.

31 Jan 2017

Franklin D.Roosevelt

Medals | Mike Burn

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...

Medals | coinsbygary

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

15 Nov 2016

What are special Government medals?

Medals | DrDarryl

The images in this blog are from the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint from the years 1957 through 1962. The Bureau of the Mint provided a function to manufacture special Government medals (sGm). The other functions of the Bureau of the Mint was to manufacture coinage for commerce and national commemorative medals (NCM). 1957 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1958 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1959 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1960 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1961 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1962 image - A change in terms. Medals of national character (NCM) and special medals for United States Government agencies (sGm).These images provides evidence that the Bureau of the Mint had three functions in the manufacture realm:1. Manufacture coins for commerce (domestic and foreign)2. Manufacture national medals3. Manufacture special Government medals General numismatic information has been readily available for coins of commerce and national medals. Special Government medals are without general numismatic information and this is due to its unacknowledged status by the Bureau of the Mint. Do you know why sGm have an unacknowledged status?sGm are a product of a joint inter-agency effort (acquiring US Government agency and the Bureau of the Mint). The Bureau of the Mint enforces confidentiality of this joint inter-agency effort, hence no releasing of information to the public.

12 Nov 2016


Medals | Mike Burn

Hi! I'm writing this quickly to those who get the Numismatic News. On page one there is a picture of this famous and great ship. What she did for this country is nothing short of phenomenal. However the article is misleading. They say the copper came from the 219 year old ship. That's not true. I ordered it and included was a small booklet. In there it tells you this copper came from a restoration done in the 1970' s' s for a visit from Queen Elizabeth. So it's not original. I called them up and told them this was deception. Nothing else. Just to raise funds. So if you wish to donate funds that's fine. If you still want the medal that's fine it is beautiful. I will never tell anyone what to order or not. But if I could I would send it back on principal. They should of told the truth. I also intend to let MR. Harper know what they did. Please this is just my opinion. And how I feel. I just believe you should know the truth before you order it. That ship helped us like no other. Anything from her I consider valuable. However sell what you state. I would encourage you to buy it if you like it. After all when I saw the picture it kind of sold me. When I received it and read what they did I was upset. The money is going for a good cause. If you like it please order it. But know the truth first.

21 Oct 2016


Medals | "SUN"

I use "Coin Thoughts" for the title of my blogs, even tho this is about a medal, I use the title to cover all aspects of numismatics. I found this medal on the internet and it caught my interest. One thing that caught my eye was the lettering on the medal. It is similar as what was used on the Morgan Dollar, which was first minted the year before this medal. At the bottom of Ulysses Grant's bust is a small incused "M" which stands for George Morgan, the designer of the medal and dollar. The medal is about 25mm made of brass. The inscription reads" Struck and Distributed in The Municipal Parade/ By the Employees of the U. S. Mint/ Phila. Dec. 16,1879. After President Grant left office in 1877, he and his wife took a trip around the world that lasted over 2 years. After visiting China and Japan, the Grants sailed to San Francisco, arriving in September of 1879. They went on to visit Yellowstone National Park (which became the first national park in the United States under the Grant's administration). Grant was a very popular figure in the United States. This medal celebrates his return to Philadelphia Dec. 16, 1879. At this time there was talk of Grant running for another term of President. He was eventually defeated by James A. Garfield at the 1880 Republican Convention.

08 Oct 2016

Please help me Identify these Tokens/Medals!!!

Medals | Young Numismetals Collector

Hello! I have some tokens/ medals that need identification. Please let me know the country of origin, what it is called, why it was made, the value, and other information. The pieces in question are shown in the video. Thanks for your help!


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