25 Oct 2015

Commemorative medal: New Zealand

Exonumia | Ian Fenn

As a follow on from my last blog, this week sees part of my collection now residing in a new Safety deposit box. As annoying as the whole episode has been it has held a valuable lesson. In arranging the new safety deposit box I realized that I hadn't screened what was being held in the bank for a good many years. The result being that some major rarities had been stored at home and more easily replaced coins were in the bank. So in preparing to return coins to bank storage I conducted a long overdue review. On Thursday I took the scary step of transporting the coins that needed more secure storage to the new deposit box. I now understand why some dealers in the US carry! I was somewhat nervous transporting coins that were the cream of 15 years of collecting. I was so pleased when I could walk out of the bank with an empty case. The lesson, Regularly check what is stored where and adjust the storage according to replaceability of the items. Of course a day after my second delivery trip to the bank I discover I forgot one item. That item is worth sharing; An 1865 Commemorative medal from New Zealand. I have two examples the copper example is locked away in a vault in New Zealand and this one( a silver example) is here in Austria. In The standard reference on NZ commemorative medals ( covering 1865 to 1940) this medal is cataloged as number 1. The reference is Leon Morels " Medallic commemoratives" of New Zealand. Why post here? Well I know some NZ tokens and coins are popular in the USA especially those with Maori motives. Of all NZ tokens and medals I think this Morel No 1 is the most exotic and has a wide appeal. The medal came in 3 versions, a single gold example that now sits on public display in The Dunedin Museum, The silver with a population of less than 10 and then the copper with maximum mintage of 25. The silver example here is the first that has come up for sale in the last 15 years, I have not seen another example for sale. I have seen a copper example for sale in the USA a few years back. Even if you focus just on US coins, when you see an example of this medal I suspect you would find it tempting.


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