HK-299, 1904 Louisiana Purchase Expo Souvenir in Silver, NGC MS-64

HK-299, 1904 Louisiana Purchase Expo Souvenir in Silver, NGC MS-64

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HK-299, Swoger-15b. Dies by George T. Morgan of Dollar fame, struck on the grounds of the Expo at the Mint exhibit in the U. S. Government building. Reported by Farran Zerbe (Chief of the Souvenir Coin Dept., a post he would also hold in subsequent events) as being in .600 Fine Silver, rather low which may account for the lack of "pizzaz" on the surfaces of most specimens. Very original surfaces, showing just a slight bit of purplish-red toning highlights. This HK seems difficult to find original, most I see have been cleaned or are circulated. This may be due to the lack of luster caused by the use of low content Silver. Swoger also reports that an additional 6,002 were struck in 1905-06, for addition to the Mint's Misc. Medals catalogue for public sale later. Their content not reported, however it is logical to assume that many better quality survivors may be from this group, as they would have likely been treated a bit better than those purchased at the event. I suspect also that quite a number of these were melted during the first Silver runup in 1978-80, especially damaged or circulated pieces, as they would have been worth far less as a collectible than as bullion.

NGC 4685400-001

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