Commemorative Medals and Medallions

Commemorative medals and medallions, including U. S. Mint-struck items, not including listed So-Called Dollars. The item shown is a Silver restrike of a U. S. Mint "Indian Peace Medal", Julian IP-36, the design originally struck under the James Buchanan administration. (Sold by Stacks in January of 2011)

There are 12 items in this category

Naploeon Bonaparte, Battle of the Pyramids 1798
Year: 1840
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: Medal, 41mm, commemorating the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798, in which Napoleon Bonaparte's forces defeated the Mamluk army and vanquished the final remnants of the old Eqyptian pharonic kingdoms. Dies by Antoine (de) Bovy, 1841-42 Restrike in Copper by the Paris Mint, edge marked with the "Anchor" privy used during this period. While I suspect a light cleaning a very long time ago, very attractive and looks original at first glance. Very minor edge marks from contact, one or two more significant soft bumps noted, otherwise no wear or damage. There may be a small contact area atop Napoleon's hair at the highest point of relief, as there is a "bright" spot at this location - likely from being pulled/pushed in and out of an undersized plastic flip (this will be shipped in an oversized archival flip). Otherwise with lightly toned surfaces displaying much original reflective surface. A rare and popular medal with its association to one of France's favorite Sons, and a controversial figure to this day. Not commonly found outside European shores.
Price: $369.00
Item Id #006051    See Details...
Souvenir of the Washington Cabinet of Medals
Year: 1859
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: Souvenir medallette struck to commemorate a visit to the Washington Cabinet of Medals, displayed at the Philadelphia Mint. Opened in February, 1860, this was the forerunner of the National Numismatic Collection now in the Smithsonian. Exonumia related to George Washington was the hottest field in numismatics at the time. Designed by Anthony Paquet and struck at the Philadelphia Mint in several metals. Baker 326C, 21.4 mm in French Bronze, this appears to be an original period striking. Presumably quite a number were originally struck, although Baker gives a rarity rating or R-5 (less than 200 known). The small size and souvenir nature of the piece undoubtedly meany many were lost or thrown away over time. This design was still available at least into the 20th Century as part of the Mint's Misc. Medals program, however those restrikes are on yellowish "brassy" bronze planchets (Baker 325D). Very minor wear to the upper high relief surfaces, otherwise problem free and original
Price: $99.00
Item Id #006175    See Details...
Pennsylvania Bicentennial Souvenir, Struck by U. S. Mint
Year: 1882
Condition: NGC MS-65
Description: Commemorative medallion struck to celebrate the Bicentennial of the founding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dies by George Morgan of Dollar fame, the Obverse shows William Penn, the Reverse the State Seal. Originally 75,000 were struck and distributed October 24, 1882 during a parade in honor of the event. Julian records these as being 25mm in plain Brass, as they were literally "tossed to the crowd" from the back of a wagon. The Mint later added these dies to their Misc. Medals catalogue, and struck off copies for collector sale. Julian records these as being "bronzed". His notes on Metallic content used by the Mint specifically states that ALL "bronze" medals struck by the Mint prior to 1901 were actually struck in Copper and antiqued. Later 20th Century Mint restrikes are in "Yellow Bronze", which is an actual Bronze composition (5-10% "white metal" added to Copper) and them sandblasted similar to the Matte Proof issues of U. S. Gold coins. These later restrikes are unlikely to be confused with previous issues, and the NGC Census specifically lists them as Restrikes with a diameter shown of 26mm. So we have a mystery here. NGC shows 25mm medals struck in Silver and "Bronze" (i. e. antiqued Copper); these we can safely assume to be the first 19th Century restrikes. The last category is 26mm medals specifically shown as Brass. These cannot be later typical restrikes, per Julian, but the diameter also does not match the original 75,000 struck and thrown to the crowds. There are two possibilities I can come up. The first is that some of the original 75,000 were struck with a variation in diameter (I had in fact measured this piece before submission and came up with about 25.5mm). This would likely be within normal Mint tolerances for such things, especially if the originals were actually struck on a press during the parade as Julian reports. The other possibility is that the first restrikes made by the Mint, likely as early as 1882, were actually struck in BRASS with a slightly larger diameter to distinguish them from the "originals". That the NGC Census shows 14 such 26mm Brass medals, all in Choice to Gem BU, suggests this may be the case. Until the mater is clarified to my satisfaction, the medal is listed here with the assumption that it is a "First Restrike".
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005650    See Details...
Harrison Presidential Inaugural Medal in Silver
Year: 1886
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: A silver impression of the U. S. Mint “Presidential Inaugural Medal” for William Henry Harrison. The dies by George Morgan, these were prepared in 1886 to help fill a hole in the Mint catalog of medals struck for Presidential Inaugurals. Harrison of course had died within a month of attaining office in 1841, so no medal was prepared at that time. Listed as Julian PR-7, however unlisted in Silver, thus probably a late 19th Century restrike. I have suspected that this might be a piece de caprice struck off for Virgil Brand, or the like – it is not one of the later Rice restrikes. Certified by NGC as genuine, however it suffered a cleaning at some point and is noted as such on the “tombstone” holder. It has nicely toned back, and shows an overall impression of “old silver” coloration with some russet highlights. Recently seen (and unsold) in the Stack’s New York Americana Sale (I am the original consignor); this has been off the market for at least three to five decades. Regardless of the moderately problematical surfaces, this is a rarity of the highest order and obviously has not appeared on the market in some time. If you have any questions about this lot, please email.
Price: $2,950.00
Item Id #000999    See Details...
President Cleveland's Visit to the 1893 World's Fair, Struck by U. S. Mint
Year: 1893
Condition: Choice Uncirculated+
Description: Eglit-1, Commemorative medallion struck to celebrate the visit of President Grover F. Cleveland to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, May 1, 1893. Struck in Brass, 25mm. The Reverse die design is similar in pattern to CM-42, the identically sized medallion struck to mark the Bicentennial of the founding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (see my item #5650). Although the dies are not signed, one may presume that they are likely the work of George Morgan as well. Not listed in Julian, possibly due to the size, or the relatively minor commemorative nature. Oddly enough, while this should be common overall as a Type, it does not seem to show up often- this is the first I have seen in quite some time. Bright, spot free surfaces , just a trace of darkening on the President's features from minor finger contact. My pricing is a bit speculative as I have nothing to go on in terms of sales of equivalent items.
Price: $149.00
Item Id #006200    See Details...
19th Century Medal, Franco-Russian Naval Treaty Visit, Toulon, 1893
Year: 1893
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: 1893-dated medal for the visit of the Russian Imperial Naval Fleet to Toulon, France. 38mm in Bronze. This visit came about as a gesture of friendship between France and Russia after signing a Naval treaty about 1891, and follows the visit of the French fleet to Cronstadt in that year. Allegorical figures representing the two parties shaking hands on the presumed Obverse, and the City Arms of Toulon on the Reverse side. Presumably struck at Paris based upon logic and the workmanship, probably to the account of the City fathers of Toulon. This is a fully original piece, showing a bit of light "pocket wear" from being saved randomly as a souvenir. Most probably picked up in France during the period after the Second World War. Value wise, I am certainly guessing a bit, but it should be in line with other similar 19th Century material, given that these are no where near common.
Price: $95.00
Item Id #005245    See Details...
Medal Commemorating Climbing of the Eiffel Tower
Year: 1900
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: Medallion commemorating reaching the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Dies by Alexandre Louis Marie Charpentier, 40mm. Technically I believe that this is struck in Brass rather than Bronze, based upon the color of the composition (the difference is less than 5% "white metal"). A famous medal, while of an "industrial" nature this borrows from features of the Art Nouveau style. Charpentier worked with Louis-Oscar Roty, another famous French artist, to create a resurgence in French medallic art. This is fairly common as a type simply due to the popularity of the Tower, but always a popular French medal design. Minor edge dings and perhaps some light wear, but still very attractive.
Price: $75.00
Item Id #006053    See Details...
William McKinnley Memorial Establishment, Santa Clara County, California
Year: 1901
Condition: Extremely Fine
Description: 25mm Bronze medallion from the memorial established in 1901 in memory of assassinated U. S. President William McKinley, Santa Clara County, California. McKinley was shot at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, dying a few days later. A statue in his honor was erected in San Jose to mark the spot where he had spoken in May, 1901. Most of these tokens that appear show cleaning or damage, many showing signs of being unearthed. This is a nice problem free piece with just normal pocket wear.
Price: $22.00
Item Id #004813    See Details...
Medal Commemorating Defence of Verdun, Original Dies
Year: 1917
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: Bronze medallion, 36mm, the famous Verdun Medal designed and awarded by the Town to Allied servicemen who served in the sector between the Argonne and St, Mihel during the battle. While considered an "unofficial" award (i. e. not issued by the French military), it is one of the most iconic general award medals of the First World War. This is the early coin/medallion version with original dies by S. E. Vernier. As struck other than some exceptionally light signs of surface contact from storage, nice original surfaces. A very cool piece of French exonumia .....
Price: $49.00
Item Id #006055    See Details...
Lincoln Essay Contest Award Medal, Illinois Watch Company
Year: 1925
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: Large format award medal presented by the Illinois Watch Company of Springfield, IL, to winners of the national Lincoln Essay Contest, held at high schools across the country in 1924 and after. Approx. 3" diameter struck in bronze by Whitehead and Hoag, in the original case. Unengraved, Gem Uncirculated. While a common enough Lincoln-related medallion, one of the nicest I have seen as it appears to have never been removed from the case. Presumably in the recent catalog by Cunningham. This will be carefully box shipped, the medal separate from the case to prevent damage.
Price: $129.00
Item Id #006560    See Details...
Commemorative Medal, American Legion National Convention, Paris, 1927
Year: 1927
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: Commemorative medal from the 1927 National Convention of the American Legion, held in Paris, France, celebrating the tenth anniversary of American involvement in the "War to End all Wars". Choice to Gem Uncirculated in the original small round pasteboard box of issue, 44mm in bronze, struck by the Paris Mint. The slightly uneven color is due to natural variations in the post-striking "antiquing" used. Image of an American GI being welcomed by a French farmer on one side, the Arc de Triumph of the other. Very nice and exceptional condition including the box, which is fully sound although showing some scuffing.
Price: $89.00
Item Id #006195    See Details...