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02 Jul 2020

Sometimes You Just Have to Trust Your Gut

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In a recent blog post, I mused over having to fill out one of those dreaded NGC submission forms. As with most things I procrastinate over, I eventually got around to it. I have also written about The American Bar Association medallion I bought from a seller on E-Bay who thought it was a fake. Well, today is the moment of truth. That medallion finally made it to NGC, and the grade was released today.

If you remember, I wrote in my blog post on April 4, 2020, that I purchased an American Bar Association medal from an E-Bay seller who thought it was a fake. Of course, I thought otherwise. Because the item was offered for hundreds of dollars less than I could otherwise purchase it, I decided to take a chance and buy it. At that, I finally sent it to NGC for authentication and grading.

If you're like me, you are constantly checking on the status of your submissions. After the status changes to grading/quality control, the wait for finalized/imaged/shipped is almost unbearable. Then your status changes and NGC releases the grades. Now unless NGC is in the practice of encapsulating fakes, my medallion is authenticated with a grade of MS-64!

I trusted my gut on this, and after hoping for a grade of MS-62, its time for "happy dance!" Presently, other of my coins and medals are waiting on grading. For now, I'm sitting on the edge of my seat, anticipating more good news. Below is the write up of this medallion for my Laura Gardin Fraser custom set.

Every year since 1929, The American Bar Association awards this medallion designed by Laura Gardin Fraser for "Exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence." This medallion is an unawarded 75mm example of the ABA medallion struck in gilded bronze. From the reverse picture, it appears as if the gilt did not uniformly take. This medallion is also struck in two sizes 100mm and 75mm, of which the 100mm is scarcer. It's struck in bronze, 24k and 14k gold, and gilt bronze.

The obverse features a bust of Chief Justice John Marshall (chief justice of the supreme court between 1801-1835). The motto "TO THE END IT MAY BE A GOVERNMENT OF LAWS AND NOT OF MEN" is contained in the Massachusetts Bill of Rights and written by John Adams. The reverse features a seated image of Justitia holding a scale in her right hand and a downward pointing sheathed sword with her left. Laura Gardin Fraser's monogram appears below Justitia. Gary


Doug S.

Level 4

Great looking medal. Congrats!!


Level 6

OUTSTANDING! Well done Gary. It's a beauty..


Level 7

Sometimes I go with my gut and made out. Some of these sellers have no idea what there selling. You got a great medal there. I think you knew it was real. But there was a little doubt. In a case like that I wait and then pull the trigger. Nicely done my friend. Great pickup.


Level 5

What a nice addition to your collection Gary! Glad to hear that it came back as an excellent grade also! I have never submitted a coin to be graded yet, but I do hear that it's quite an experience. Maybe I'll include the one medal I do have if I ever submit! Thanks for a great and interesting blog!


Level 5

The smart people like you make the profits. Nice to get a bargain. Wonder what a real fake sells for? If he thought it was a fake did he over charge for a replica? Graded nice also !

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Great call! Kind of exemplifies Rudyard Kipling's poem IF

It's Mokie

Level 6

Great Score Gary, you have an eye for quality, that is for darned sure.

eBay can be tricky, but I'm glad you trusted your gut. This is a beauty!


Level 5

Wow, that's a great medal. It's great that your gut was right. By the way, I don't check my submission status frequently....I mean, only a couple of times a day. Is that too much.


Level 3

WOW! You took a gamble on that medal and it paid off. Great blog. Thanks.

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