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03 Dec 2020

The Bicentennial Medals Made by the U.S. Mint

Exonumia | Antek

Coin shop owner Harry said “It was like the buy-sell-tennial! Everything was about the bicentennial, even the pepsi bottles.” What Harry was referring to was the 1776-1976 bicentennial, which celebrated 200 years since the United States of America’s independence.


The medals I have here were created by the U.S Department of Treasury and the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration to commemorate this huge event. These medals came in envelopes, similar to the ones you see older proof sets come in. These medals are also inside of cellos, also like the older proof sets. These envelopes came with stamps inside of them, which were also following the bicentennial theme. The medals I bought came with the stamps already stuck onto the front by previous owners. Also found inside of the envelopes are cards with information about the design. It’s not uncommon to find these envelopes missing these cards because they have been through numerous collectors’ hands. After all, they’re barely younger than my parents. The compositions for these medals is bronze. The diameter is about 40MM. (Take my measurements with a grain of salt because I am not good at measuring things.) Also, I will link any images that I can not attach here at the bottom of the page.


The first medal I have comes in a light blue envelope. It features Thomas Jefferson on the obverse. The reverse shows the declaration of independence being signed. This medal was released on July 4th, 1976. There are stamps on the envelopes that tell you the date they were released. These are different from the stamps you see inside. The stamps inside are sticky collectible stamps. The stamp on the outside is a stamp that you stamp with a stamp onto a piece of paper… if that made ANY sense whatsoever. Although there are the sticky collectibles stamps stuck onto the envelope as well…


The second medal I have comes in a manilla colored envelope. On the obverse we see Paul Revere. Like all other people featured on these medals, he was an important person during this time. The reverse of this medal is more interesting though. It talks about Lexington concord. I will leave the information card about this medal for multiple reasons. 1, you will get to see what these information cards look like. 2, it explains the event better than I can. The release date for this medal was July 4th, 1975.


The third and final medal I have comes in a grey envelope. On the obverse we see a huge bust of John Adams. He looks absolutely huge! The reverse talks about the first continental congress. The card says “a figure superimposed on the relief of the American coast, symbolizes the Congress as a united entity whose scope of representation encompasses the colonies.” The release date for this medal was July 4th, 1974.


I hope you learned something new in this blog. I would appreciate any feedback in the comments as this is my first ever blog. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments. I do not know everything so I may or may not be able to answer. Ask anyways :)!


As promised here are all links: Lexington concord info card: https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783953304090443786/image0.jpg?width=1353&height=655


Lexington Concord/Paul Revere medal: Obverse: https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783954167164174336/image0.jpg?width=683&height=654 https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783954167655694376/image1.jpg?width=664&height=655 (reverse)


John Adams medal: https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783957934140555265/image0.jpg?width=491&height=655 (obverse) https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783957935012184064/image1.jpg?width=491&height=655 (reverse)

https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783960650766352404/image0.jpg?width=1314&height=655 (Info card)


What the envelopes, cellos, and stamps look like: https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/588878139220951074/783961189800738836/image0.jpg?width=893&height=655


Comments

Kepi

Level 6

Great work! I really enjoyed your blog ; )

Antek

Level 3

Thank you

Mokie

Level 6

That was a very exciting time for the hobby but I still believe the designs on the circulating Half and Dollar were wonting. I hope they don't screw the pooch in 2026.

Antek

Level 3

Yeah

Long Beard

Level 5

What a coincidental blog. I have the five year (1972-1976) bronze issues and four silver coming as I type. Beautiful medals.

Antek

Level 3

Awesome!

Stumpy

Level 5

Welcome Antek, nice Blog, I was a young guy in 75, 76 and I remember the "Buy-sell-tennial" very well. Everything and I mean everything was on that theme. I have many, not all of these coins in OGP and love em to this day. Like you and many of us, I hope any upcoming coinage meets two criteria, one that they be historically correct, two, I want a beautiful and interesting design. No cookie cutter. Again, welcome and I loved your blog. Later!

Antek

Level 3

Really appreciate the words! Thank you :)

Welcome Antek, and you have an incredible first blog post. I'm interested to see how everything pans out for the 250th anniversary.

Antek

Level 3

Thank you! I'm also very curious, I guess only the future can tell.

Golfer

Level 5

Thanks for sharing. Very interesting medals. 1976 was a great year. Was really into coins back then, and enjoyed my 1976 proof sets. Still have 5 of them. Nice blog.

Antek

Level 3

Cool! Thank you c:

"SUN"

Level 6

It is nice to have medals in your collection. They have great stories behind them.

Antek

Level 3

Agreed, they're awesome.

the coin guy

Level 4

I really enjoyed this blog! great work

Antek

Level 3

Thanks a lot!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Very informative, thank you!

Antek

Level 3

Ty :)

Mike

Level 7

I'm worried about the designs of our upcoming anniversary. Nice coins. I just wrote a blog on the 1975 Paul Revere. Great medal and reasonable. The mint made allot of medals during those years. There were no commens. So they made them till George Washington memoral. Great blog good work.

Antek

Level 3

Thank you, I'll go give your blog a read this afternoon

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog. Very well written and sourced as well. I enjoyed reading this and look forward to your next one. Thanks.

Antek

Level 3

Appreciate the kind words :)

CentSearcher

Level 5

Nice! I really like that design with the declaration of independence getting signed. My dad has a bicentennial medal as well, and its pretty neat. Thanks for the blog! later

Antek

Level 3

Nice! Thank you :D

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Love that! Thanks for sharing. Much of this was new to me. C heers, NM

Antek

Level 3

Appreciate it man

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