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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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.
Item Id #003700 See Details...
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.
Item Id #000999 See Details...
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.
Item Id #000328 See Details...