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U.S. Centennial Exposition 1876

 

1) This is the same piece as pictured in the 2nd edition of HK as HK43, but in the first edition HK43 is described as having a different reverse - that of HK24. Thus, unlisted in the first edition. Baker394B. Rare in Copper, Rare in White Metal, Rare in Gilt(Brass?). Extremely Rare in silver. Almost never found holed. Copper, 37.6mm.

 

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Medal of George Washington 1776 1876 Philadelphia Worlds Fair Baker 394b
 

2) Variety of Baker391G but WITH "Demarest S.C." in small letters around bottom. Unlisted and unmentioned in both Baker(Rulau-Fuld 1999) and HK. NASCA sale (4/28/81 lot#4044) sold one in silver. It may exist in bronze, but I have never found one. Very Rare in white metal(I do not know which variety is rarer, with "Demarest S.C.", or without). Extremely Rare in silver, and, if it exists at all, Extremely Rare in bronze. For a comparison of all three Declaration of Independence reverse dies, CLICK HERE(also look at #3, 5, and 5a). White metal 42.4mm.

 

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John Hancock signing of Declaration of Independence medal Baker391G
 

3) Baker391G. Like the piece above but WITHOUT "Demarest S.C." around bottom as mentioned in Baker(Rulau-Fuld 1999). Baker's description of Baker390 being the same as HK74 is in error. To help clear up the confusion between all three Declaration of Independence scene reverses, CLICK HERE(also look at #2, 5, and 5a). White metal 42.4mm. Image Courtesy of Stacks Bowers Galleries www.stacksbowers.com

 

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John Hancock signing of Declaration of Independence medal Baker391G
 

4) John Hancock reverse. Baker391D. Rulau/Fuld lists this piece in silver, copper/bronze, brass, and white metal. A Strong Rare in white metal. Very Rare in copper/bronze. Extremely Rare in silver and brass. I have never located one in brass. White metal, 41.6mm.

 

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100th Anniversary Declaration of Independence Hancock medal Baker391D
 

5) HK75, HK75a, HK76, HK77. Prior to the publication of the second edition of HK in 2008, HK75-77 and HK78-79b may have been confused with each other in older sales catalogs due to the somewhat inadequate description and lack of pictures in the first edition of HK. To help clear up the confusion between all three Declaration of Independence scene reverses, CLICK HERE(also look at #2, 3, and 5a). This piece is a Strong Rare in white metal(shown here), and rarer than HK74. Very Rare in Copper/Bronze. Extremely Rare in silver. Baker388, White Metal, 42.4mm.

 

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100th Anniversary Declaration of Independence Trumbull painting medal
 

5a) Listed in the second edition of HK, but was not pictured in the first edition. CLICK HERE for comparisons of the different reverses(also look at #2, 3, and 5). This piece is a strong Rare in white metal, and rarer than HK74. Very Rare in Copper/Bronze. Extremely Rare in Silver. (HK78, HK79, HK79A, HK79B). Shown here is HK79A, Silver, 42.4mm

XXX Medal
 

5b) Baker390. For quite some time I was not sure this piece existed. In November 2019 one showed up at auction at Stacks (lot#20577) in white metal. It is a combination of the reverse of HK75 and the reverse of HK74. Extremely rare and not seen in any other metals. 42.3mm. Image Courtesy of Stacks Bowers Galleries www.stacksbowers.com

 

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XXX Medal
 

6) There are five medals with this "See How We Prosper" common reverse. Shown here is the French version. Other versions are the English, German, and Catholic versions, and also a Washington version(see below). It appears to me that the French, English, and German versions are Very Scarce to Rare in white metal, with the Catholic and Washington versions being Rare in white metal. All are Rare to Very Rare in bronze, with perhaps the Catholic version being the rarest in bronze. All are Extremely Rare in silver. Designed by German American engraver Rudolf Laubenheimer. White metal, 44.7mm.

 

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French See How We Prosper 1876 Philadelphia Exposition medal
 

7) English version of "See How We Prosper". Read description of #6 above. White metal, 44.7mm.

 

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English See How We Prosper 1876 Philadelphia Exposition medal
 

7a) German version of "See How We Prosper". Read description of #6 above. Silver, 44.7mm.

German See How We Prosper 1876 Philadelphia Exposition medal
 

7b) Catholic version of "See How We Prosper". Read description of #6 above. Silver, 44.7mm.

 

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Catholic See How We Prosper 1876 Philadelphia Exposition medal
 

7c) George Washington version of "See How We Prosper". Read description of #6 above. Baker 428A, Bronze, 44.7mm. Image Courtesy of Stacks Bowers Galleries www.stacksbowers.com

George Washington See How We Prosper 1876 Philadelphia Exposition medal
 

8)This piece has the same obverse as Baker410, but with a blank reverse. Unlike Baker410, this piece appears to always comes un-looped. Also, whereas Baker410 is found in silver and white metal, I have only found this piece in brass. Very Rare, Brass, 39.7mm.

 

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Baker 410A Washington California Obverse Philadelphia Expo 1876 medal
 

9) This and the following seven medals all have the same common reverse as HK90 - HK113, but with the SECOND obverse(Baker448). The most common of the series is the FIRST obverse variety (HK90-HK113) in white metal, and in white metal each type appears to me to be Very Scarce, but somewhat difficult to find in high grade. They are Rare in bronze/copper. Rulau states that the second reverse varieties are the same rarity as the first obverse varieties, but I have found each of the second obverse pieces as shown here in bronze/copper to be closer to Very Rare. I did not think that the second obverse varieties in white metal existed until the Stacks Baker auction in November 2019. There was one of each variety, and Stacks stated that they were probably unique, which is likely true. Also, both first and second obverse varieties exist in silver and are each Extremely Rare. The piece shown here has the same reverse as HK91, "Battle Of Moores Creek Bridge". Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

 

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Battle Of Moores Creek Bridge George Washington Medal July 4th 1876
 

10) Battle of Sullivan's Island. Same reverse as HK93, but with the second obverse. Specific gravity testing revealed the silver content of this piece to be somewhere in the range of coin silver or sterling silver. This is a bit odd because I also have an HK111 in silver that tests out with a specific gravity of 10.5 which would indicate .99 silver. Baker 448, Extremely Rare, Silver, 34mm.

Battle of Sullivans Island George Washington Medal July 4th 1876
 

11) HK 97 with the second obverse. I have found all eight of the 2nd obverse varieties in copper/bronze to be approximately twice as rare as the 1st obverse pieces in the same metal. Read #9 above for more info. "Battle Of Long Island". Baker 448A/B, Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

 

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Battle of Long Island George Washington Medal July 4th 1876 Centennial
 

12) HK 100 with the second obverse. "Battle Of Harlem Plains". Baker 448A/B. Read #9 above for more info. Baker 448A/B, Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

Battle of Harlem Plains George Washington Medal July 4th 1876 Centennial
 

13) HK 103 with the unlisted second obverse. Baker 448A/B. "Battle Of Lake Champlain". Read #9 above for more info. Baker 448A/B, Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

 

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Battle of Lake Champlain George Washington Medal July 4th 1876
 

14) HK 106 with the unlisted second obverse. "Battle Of White Plains". Read #9 above for more info. Baker 448A/B, Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

Battle of White Plains George Washington Medal July 4th 1876 Centennial
 

15) HK 109 with the second obverse. "Battle Of Fort Washington". Read #9 above for more info. Baker 448A/B, Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

 

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Battle of Fort Washington George Washington Medal July 4th 1876
 

16) HK112 with the second obverse. "Battle Of Trenton". Read #9 above for more info. Baker 448A/B, Very Rare, Copper/bronze, 34mm.

Battle of Trenton George Washington Medal July 4th 1876 Centennial
 

17) "In Commemoration Of The 100th Anniversary Of American Independence. 1876", "Born, Feb. 22, 1732 Died, Dec. 14, 1799". In tiny lettering below bust: "U.S.M. Co.". Rare in white metal. Rulau lists it in silver, but I have never found one, so Extremely Rare in silver. I have also found it described as Gilt (Brass?) and it appears to be Very Rare as such. Baker406A, White metal, 42mm.

 

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George Washington 1876 Anniversary of American Independence Medal
 

18) From the 1876 Centennial Expo in Philadelphia. This piece can be found in silver, bronze, brass, and white metal. Very Rare in silver. Rare in each of the other three metals, but Very Scarce combining all three together. Baker425B, Rare, Brass, 39.7mm.

Anniversary of American Independence Union Forever Washington Medal
 

18a) Commemorating the visit of the National Guard of the State of New York(N.G.S.N.Y.) to the Centennial Expo in Philadelphia. According to Baker, comes in silver, bronze, and white metal. I am not sure of it’s rarity, but probably extremely rare in silver, lesser so in bronze and white metal. 44.8mm Image Courtesy of Stacks Bowers Galleries www.stacksbowers.com

 

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XXX Medal
 

18b) "Eternal Vigilance Is The Price Of Liberty". Commemorating 100 Years of a Free Republic, by Carl Stubenrauch, same as HK-5 and my #304. A strong Very Rare. Rulau/Baker A393. Bronze, 40 mm. Image courtesy Jonathan Brecher.

Washington Eternal Vigilance Thank Providence 1876 Peace & Prosperity Medal

World's Industrial And Cotton Centennial Exposition 1884

 

19) Unlisted in the first HK edition, HK143b in the second edition. I have not found it in any other metal. Rare, but Very Rare unholed, White metal, measures exactly 33mm.

 

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Industrial Cotton Centennial Exposition New Orleans Medal 1884 1885
 

20) , One side as the reverse of HK143; the other side unlisted. "The. Worlds Exposition 1884 1885" Rv: "Reunion Of Mexican War Veteran At.N.O. 1846-7". Very Rare, White metal, 32.9mm.

Cotton Centennial Expo New Orleans Medal 1884 Mexican War Veterans
 

21) Unlisted in the first HK edition, HK144a and HK144b in the second edition. Rare in white metal. Extremely Rare in bronze. White metal, 37.6mm.

 

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Liberty Bell Worlds Industrial Cotton Exposition New Orleans 1885 Medal
 

22) "Souvenir The Worlds Fair Industrial And Cotton Centennial Exposition Dec. 1st 1884 To May 31st 1885". Rare, but Very Rare unholed. Extremely Rare in nice Unc. White Metal, 43.5mm.

Worlds Fair Industrial Cotton Centennial 1884 1885 New Orleans Medal

Worlds Columbian Exposition 1893

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California Midwinter Exposition 1894

 

60) This piece is from the December 2008 Bill Weber auction lot #10261. The obverse die is similar to HK245, but with the letters of "Eureka" spaced farther apart. It appears to be the same die as HK635, HK639, and HK729. Extremely Rare die variety. Brass, 34.1mm

 

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Wide Eureka 1894 California Midwinter Exposition Medal
 

61) "Seccion De Espana / California / 1894". Neither side can be found in either edition of HK. Rare, and can usually be found in decent condition. Aluminum, 38.5mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 7-12.

California Midwinter International Exposition Seccion De Espana Medal

Trans-Mississippi And International Exposition 1898

 

62)Same obverse as HK281 but with a different reverse. HK281a in the second edition, unlisted in the first edition. Quite hard to come by. Extremely Rare, Silver, 34mm.

 

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Trans-Mississippi Exposition Omaha 1898 Floral Parade Medal

Pan-American Exposition 1901

 

63) McKinley assassination medal. "Where Our President Was Assassinated / Temple Of Music", "It Is God's Way: His Will Be Done". Rare, Aluminum, 37.7mm.

 

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William McKinley Temple Of Music Assassination Buffalo NY Medal

Louisiana Purchase Exposition 1904

 

64) There are 4 other varieties in this same style. The 1st edition of HK only lists one(HK322). The second edition lists 3 others, but fails to list a fourth that pairs the reverse of HK322(Machinery Building) with the obverse of HK322d(Palace Of Mines And Metallurgy). HK322d, Hendershott30-540, Rare, Aluminum, 36.8mm.

 

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Palace of Textiles and Palace of Mines and Metallurgy St Louis 1904 Medal
 

65) In the same style as HK322, by Lauer. Read above. This piece is listed in the second edition of HK as HK322c. All five "Palace dollars" in this same style appear to be rare to very rare, but this one appears to be rarer than some of the others. Very Rare. Aluminum, 36.8mm.

Electric Building and Varied Industries Building St Louis 1904 Fair
 

66) Krueger225, Hendershott30-260. Both Krueger and Hendershott describe this piece as being silver plated bronze. Hendershott states that it also exsists in unplated bronze. But the piece pictured here is solid coin silver or sterling (specific gravity approx 10.3). "Holy Bros." in tiny lettering. Very Rare in silver plate. Extremely Rare in bronze or silver, 40.8mm.

 

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Saint Louis 1904 Worlds Fair Louisiana Purchase Silver Medal
 

67) A interesting souvenir token from " The Pike" at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. "I Was Down The Pike". This one appears to have been stuck on a clipped planchet. Krueger280, Very Rare, Aluminum, 38mm.

 

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I Was Down The Pike 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Medal
 

68) Possibly some sort of trial striking, this is the only one of these that I have found. The obverse was used with a "Nebraska Grain Dealers" hanging badge(Charles Kirtley sale #98 lot#1103, with photo). It was also used together with a storecard for "The New Home Sewing Machine Company of St Louis"(Stephen Alpert 3/26/80 lot#1158 with rubbing). It is also very similar to the obverse of Krueger #1269 which was used as the obverse of a "St. Louis Grain Dealer's" piece. Aluminum, Extremely Rare, 38mm.

St. Louis Worlds Fair 1904 Uniface Krueger #1269 Medal
 

68a) Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Society Of Colonial Wars In The State Of Missouri and the 100th Anniversary Of The Louisiana Purchase. This piece does not make any reference to the 1904 worlds fair, but I decided to place it here due to it's close association with the fair. This piece has unusual thick wavy borders, but the edge is perfectly round. I have also seen it described as having a fob loop. From the collection of Daniel Carr. Very Rare. Bronze. 39.5mm

 

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100th Anniversary Louisiana Purchase 1904 Society Of Colonial Wars Medal
 

68b) This is an unusual die combination of a somewhat poor rendition of the Adolph Weinman award medal design from the 1904 Saint Louis Worlds Fair combined with the Augustus St. Gaudens award medal design from the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. Both obverse and reverse dies are usually found combined with a Harper Whiskey advertising die that may have been struck years later after both fairs, possibly in the 1930s, but at this point I am not sure. Thus my inclusion of this piece here may not be entirely appropriate, but for the sake of completeness I have decided to include it. All of the Harper Whiskey advertising pieces that I have seen were holed. This is the only one of these that I have seen. If anyone has more info about this piece or the Harper Whiskey pieces, please let me know. Brass, 38.3 mm

Columbus Weinman Gaudens Universal Exposition Saint Louis 1904 Harper Whiskey medal

Lewis And Clark Centennial Exposition 1905

 

69) Smaller "Lewis" and "Clark" so called dollar from the "Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition". Rare, Brass, 33.1mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 14-11.

 

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Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition 1905 Portland Oregon Medal
 

69a) Depiction of a bronze statue by Hermon MacNeil titled "Coming Of The White Man" located in Washington Park, Portland Oregon. Extremely Rare and often found looped. Bronze, 33mm. Image courtesy of Daniel West. Shevlin/Hyder SH 14-13.

1905 Centennial Exposition City Park Portland Oregon Medal

Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition 1907

 

70) Listed as HK349b in the second edition, unlisted in the 1st edition. Obverse of HK349 except the central scene shows Pocahontas saving John Smith. Reverse the same as HK349. Very Rare and considerably rarer than HK349. Brass, 36.2mm.

Jamestown Exposition 1907 Norfolk Pocahontas Saving John Smith Medal

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition 1909

 

71) The first edition of HK seems to pair the OBVERSE of HK353 with the building reverse, but the second edition has a photo that pairs the REVERSE of HK353. So, my piece here is evidently not listed in the 1st edition, but IS listed(shown) in the second edition. A bit confusing, and I suspect prior to the second edition of HK, sellers may have not distinguished between this piece and #72 below, referring to them all as HK364. As a result, I am not sure which piece is rarer. They may both be of equal rarity, and if so, each type is probably Rare. Look below for more info. Brass, 32.1 mm in diameter as is HK353. Diameters in the first and second editions of HK are in error. Possibly a US mint product produced at the fair.

 

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1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Chief Seattle Medal
 

72) This piece is evidently listed in the first edition of HK as HK364(but with no actual image of the obverse). It is not listed in the second edition. This piece and the one above both measure 32.1 mm, so technically both are too small for inclusion as so called dollars. But the original authors of HK included HK353, so I guess these also need to be let in(See what happens when you open the barn door, even a crack? In this case we let one in, and in walk two others. This is why I am pretty adamant about not allowing any piece in as a so called dollar that is below an absolute minimum of 32.6mm - rounded up equaling 33mm). A US mint product? Rare(read #71 above). Gilt, 32.1 mm in diameter as is HK353.

1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition U. S. Government Building Medal
 

73) Similar to HK367 but top of sun rays have a zig zag pattern. Other differences include no colon at the end of "Exposition". A set of three of these came up on ebay a few years ago in brass, copper, and aluminum. Rare in brass(and considerably rarer than HK367), Very Rare in aluminum. Extremely Rare in copper. Aluminum, 36mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 16-15.

 

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1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition U. S. Government Building Medal
 

74) The 1st and 2nd editions of HK picture two different varieties of this piece using the same number(HK368). This is the 2nd edition variety. Differences include a semicolon after "Exposition", and dots before and after "Building". This variety might be the rarer. Rare, brass, 34.4mm.

1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Manufactures Building Medal
 

75) HK366a. Excluding HK364(read above #71 and #72) and HK367 which are both of a smaller and larger size respectively, there are five different similar varieties of HK365 that I am aware of. Two are in the first edition of HK(HK365 and HK366), three are shown in the second edition of HK(HK365, HK366, and HK366a), two are shown on this page: this one - HK366a, and #76 shown below that is unlisted in either HK edition, and a fifth piece that I have not seen from Stephen Alpert auction #55 lot #413(March 2nd, 1998) described as "As HK 366 but 17 rays on obv., no Seattle 1909, plain rev. border. AU". At this time I am not certain of the relative rarities of these five pieces, although the fifth variety is probably Extremely Rare. Auctioneers in old catalogs sometimes distinguished between the varieties, but not always. HK366a has the following differences: 19 rays over the obverse central figure, 14 flags running across the top of the building, "US Government Building" in two lines instead of three, and an extra dot before "U.S.". HK366a in the 2nd edition, Rare, Brass, 33.4mm.

 

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1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Three Women Medal
 

76) Like #75 above, very similar to HK365, but with "U.S. Government Building" in two lines instead of three, eight rays above the central head instead of seven, 12 flags across the top of the building, and other differences. Neither side of this piece is shown in either edition of HK. Possibly Very Rare, but read #75 above. Brass, 33.4mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 16-17.

1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo Worlds Fair U.S. Government Building Medal
 

77) Very similar in design to HK353, but larger and with many design differences. It appears to have been die struck, and has not had any loops removed. The underlying brass is showing through at the high spots. There is an unexplained depression on the obverse rim at 2:00 that may have occurred after minting. There is also an unusual extra line going around just inside the obverse denticles. The only other of these that I have seen is a bronze one on the so-calleddollars.com website. This is an intriguing piece due to it being strikingly similar to HK353, and also because it is of proper so called dollar size where as HK353 is not. Extremely Rare. Silver plated brass, 34.5mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 16-4.

1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Seward Seattle Seal Medal
 

78) AYPE Fob design but without the fob, and no fob was removed. Extremely Rare. Possibly unique. Not listed in HK. Click on link below for AYPE fob examples. Brass, 38.8mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 16-23.

 

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1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Washington State Building Medal

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Panama-Pacific International Exposition 1915

 

79) This was the only unlisted State Fund Dollar in the 1st edition of HK. HK410b in the 2nd edition. Rare, but Very Rare un-holed. The rarest state fund dollar is HK410, with this one being the second rarest. "Robbins Co. Attleboro" in tiny lettering. Copper plated bronze, 38mm.

 

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Panama Pacific International Exhibition Kentucky Fund Dollar Medal
 

80) "William-Howard-Taft", "Ground-Breaking For The Panama-Pacific International Exposition MCMXV", "M.P. Nielsen" in small lettering to the left of bust. Very Rare. Bronze, 38mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 18-2.

Ground Breaking Panama Pacific International Expo Howard Taft Medal
 

80a) A souvenir token from the 1915 Panama Pacific Expo. No sign of any loop removal. "Patent Pending" around the bottom reverse in tiny lettering. The use of the word "Charm" on a larger souvenir token is somewhat unusual. The only other piece I know of is HK492. Extremely rare. Copper. 35mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 18-28

Lucky Charm San Francisco Panama Pacific Worlds Fair 1915

Panama-California Exposition 1915-1916

 

81) Made at the time of the 1915 Panama California Expo in San Diego. There is an article about this piece in "The Numismatist" Nov 1968 Page 1481. I have seen two others on ebay, and also at the Bill Weber auction, but surprisingly none in all of the old catalogs that I looked through. All are probably silver plated. "Cop'd By J.E.D.". The map side of this piece is similar in style to #329a, #329b and #399. Very Rare. Silver plate, 39.7mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 19-6.

 

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Panama California 1915 San Diego Mission Deep Harbor Medal
 

82) The obverse of this piece is similar to the reverse of HK432. Charles Kirtley sold a piece in his 8/12/86 sale(lot#1091) that had virtually the same obverse as HK432 combined with the obverse of this piece. This is the only one of these I have come across. "E.A. Caspary, L.A. Cal." in tiny lettering. Extremely Rare. Copper, 38.6mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 19-5.

1915 Panama California Exposition Panama Canal Opening Medal
 

83) Like HK420 but with a California Pacific Expo reverse. Marked "Sterling" on the edge. The Bill Weber auction sold one of these that was described as being silver plate. This and that one are the only ones I have seen, although it is possible that this piece could have occasionally been mistaken for HK420. However this piece is not mentioned in ANY of the old catalogs that I looked through. I think it is highly unlikely that it would have been missed by everyone. For now I am calling this piece Very Rare, but Extremely Rare in silver; Silver, 35.2mm. Shevlin/Hyder SH 19-7.

1915 Panama California Exposition Lesseps Goethals Wilson Roosevelt Medal

Century Of Progress Exposition 1933-1934

 

84) This piece was unlisted in the 1st edition of HK, listed as HK464a in the second edition. From "A Century Of Progress". This piece is somewhat common, but maybe slightly rarer than it's HK counterpart. Scarce, Gilt, 34.9mm.

 

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Cheerio Century of Progress A & P Carnival 1933-1934 Cow Medal
 

85) Reverse as HK470 but with a different obverse. HK470 is fairly common. This piece is considerably rarer. Like HK470, a tad undersized, but rounded off to the nearest whole number, it makes so called dollar status. Listed as HK470a in the 2nd edition of HK. Very Rare, Brass, 32.7mm.

Chicago Worlds Fair 1933 Take Me For Luck Token
 

86) "Chicago / World's 1933 Fair" "A Century Of Progress / Science / Invention / Knowledge / Industry". Another one of these that was described as goldene was sold by Presidential Coin & Antique in their sale #79 lot #853. Not in either edition of HK. Very Rare. Aluminum, 35.1mm.

 

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Worlds 1933 Fair Chicago Science Knowledge Invention Industry Medal
 

87) Listed as HK471a in the 2nd HK edition, but unlisted in the 1st edition. "A Century Of Progress Esposisione Mondiale", "Italia". In tiny lettering next to rim: "Johnson". A decent looking piece from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Not terribly hard to come by but not all that common either. Very Scarce, Copper, 34.6mm.

Century of Progress Italia 1933 Chicago Mondiale Medal
 

87a) Evidently made for the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair(read Johnson & Jensen 1982 sales catalog #21 lot#1222). On the edge: "Crowe-Chicago", and at the lower edge of the bust of Roosevelt: "John Paulding sc". Just to be clear, although this medal is political/presidential in nature, it is not a campaign token/medal. The election occurred November 1932. The reverse of this piece commemorates the "New Deal" and is dated 1933, the same year as the worlds fair. Found in bronze and gilt bronze. Rare. Gilt bronze, 38.6mm.

 

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Franklin Roosevelt 1933 Worlds Fair Courageous Leadership Medal
 

87b) This piece at 32.6mm in diameter, barely makes it for inclusion. Around the bottom in tiny lettering, "J D Polack Co". Very Scarce. Copper. 32.6mm

Franklin Roosevelt A Century Of Progress 1934 Medal
 

87c) A thin cliche’-like shell depicting the Chrysler Building at the Fair. I have been told that it has been seen embedded in an ash tray from the Fair. Copper. 36mm, 1mm thick.

 

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Chrysler Building Century of Progress 1933 shell Medal

New York Worlds Fair 1939-1940

 

88) 50,000 of these were evidently minted by the Medallic Art Company of New York, and distributed at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. The medal is totally political in nature and thus probably does not fit so called dollar criteria per se, but it's strong association with the fair suggests otherwise. Found in gilt, bronze and silver. Combining all metals together, Common. Individually, Scarce in gilt, Scarce in bronze, and Very Rare in silver. The silver pieces are marked "Sterling" on the edge. Gilt, 38.2mm.

1939 New York Worlds Fair Czechoslovakia Freedom Medal

 

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