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25 Aug 2014

What's your favorite token/medal?

Tokens | Grove Minting Company

The folks at Grove Minting Company are looking for new ideas in striking a custom commemorative medal, and we wanted to know which tokens or medals you find the most interesting?

Please feel free to reply and share an idea or photo!

All the best,

Grove Minting



Level 4

I have a Arizona tax token and I love it just to think of the stories it could tell.


Level 4

When dealing with coin clubs, packaging counts for a lot. Nothing kills buzz like forlorn looking medal discs sleeping between sheets of foam sheeting. Little touches count for so much.


Level 4

The centennial of the switchover from Barber coinage to their TR-inspired replacements ("Mercury", Standing Lib., Walking Lib.) is nearly upon us. I believe a set of reprises of those designs, staying away from mirrored proof finishes since that era also marked the temporary demise of those finishes, would make a highly desirable set of fractional ounce medals in .999 silver. The brilliant Merc could be a 1/10 Troy ounce, the Standing Liberty could be a 1/4 ounce, and the Walker could be a 1/2 ounce. The hobby is overflowing with 1 ounce medals, and most fractional silver pieces have uninspired and uninspiring execution of their designs. A god effort at capturing the "feel" of the originals would result, I believe, in a compelling niche product that could be a major hit. Also, since the coin hobby's popularity hit a zenith in the 1960's, many local coin clubs are near their golden anniversaries. A marketing effort aimed at coin clubs who may want to strike commemorative medals might bear fruit. I know one of mine wants to make a big splash in 2020 and they are assembling a committee to evaluate vendor options now


Level 5

One of my favorites is the 1969 ANA convention medal, which looks similar to Frank Gasparro's original small dollar design.