Commemorative Medals and Medallions

Commemorative medals and medallions, 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)

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1870 Commemorative Medal, Wilhelm I of Prussia as Kaiser
Year: 1870
Condition: AU/Unc
Description: 1870-dated medal of Wilhelm I, as Kaiser of Germany. As this pre-dates the Confederation of 1871, I presume that this medal may have been struck to proselytize for the unification. It may also have been a purely patriotic medal struck at the time of the Franco-Prussian War. The martial details and obviously patriotic motto on the Reverse does suggest this. Wilhelm crowned on the Obverse, struck in traditional high relief; the Reverse taken up by five heraldic shields representing the five kingdoms/principalities of the North German Confederation led by Prussia. Crossed cannon and flags at center, the motto on the ribbons translates to: "We want to be united/brothers of Folk", the final word "Volk" referring to the traditional use of the term for the German race and/or nation as a whole. Struck by Drentwett & Peters of Augsburg in white metal, 41mm in diameter, medal turn. Signs of light surface wear from mishandling and a mark or two, no significant pest however some signs on the edge itself. This still retains obvious signs of the semi-prooflike surface as struck and has decent surfaces. As I was not able to find a specific reference to this exact medal, my asking price is speculative - you are free to make me a reasonable counteroffer if you feel that I am seriously out of line.
Price: $200.00
Item Id #003700    See Details...
HK135, George Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh, NY
Year: 1883
Condition: AU/Unc
Description: Medal commemorating George Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh, NY, struck in 1883 for the celebration of the Centennial of Declaration of Peace ending the Revolutionary War. Co-listed as HK-135 and Baker R-456. This shows the building used by Washington at Newburgh on one side, the Washington family coat of arms on the other. 42mm in White Metal, holed with period ribbon remnant for suspension (usually pinned to the breast with a straight pin). AU/Unc, almost all of the Prooflike surfaces showing on this well designed, engraved and struck piece. The slightest bit of wear from being worn during the celebration, then apparently carefully preserved as no spots or stains, unusual on this metal. A few random surface marks. Based upon observed grading by NGC, this might certify as Unc. Dies by Abraham Demarest of New York City. A very scarce to rare type, even for the popular Washington series.
Price: $115.00
Item Id #003920    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...
1915 Pan-Pacific Expo, Hartford Insurance Co, Souvenir
Year: 1915
Condition: EF+
Description: Unlisted in H-K, and properly so as this was a "commercial" piece, meant strictly as advertising. I am listing it in my So-Called Dollar category for convenience, as I believe that this could be collected along with other similar pieces. This item is RARE, in my opinion - I have collected Panama-Pacific exonumia for 15 years and have only seen three pieces (including on eBay). This seems a bit odd as one would think that quite a number were given away. This particular piece came across the counter at my old store in about 1998. Slightly worn with a few marks; cleaned at some point, this has actually toned back to a reasonable extent, now having a pleasing look. These were originally gilt - I have never seen a "perfect" gilt piece.
Price: $100.00
Item Id #000328    See Details...
Souvenir Denver Mint Medal, Significantly Off Center, Rare!!
Year: 1993
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: Off center souvenir medal from the Denver Mint. Approx. 15% or a bit more off center, this is still housed in the original plastic bag it was sold in. An attached note indicates that it was purchased in 1993, so I give that as the date of "issue". I can honestly say that I have never seen one of these off center, and it is not like this is "just a little bit off". This is significantly off and should have been caught at the Mint! I almost considered sending this in for certification, but that that it was "cooler" as-is in the original packaging. This medallion is also slightly and attractively toned in purple-red highlights from contact with the plastic, and is otherwise a Choice to Gem BU medal. The unstruck portion of the planchet shows the typical slight roughness and small marks present on unstruck stock. As for my Asking Price, I am taking a shot in the dark and starting at "stupid money", as my research has not turned up an equivalent item to judge value by. I am sure that if I am too cheap, a buyer will let me know! Otherwise, you may feel free to make me a reasonable offer. This type of material is highly unlikely to be something that you can replace with ease, regardless of the potentially relatively low level of interest.
Price: $199.00
Item Id #003921    See Details...