Longstrider's Blog

01 Jun 2017


Exonumia | Longstrider

Here for you to enjoy, I hope, is a 1925 Norse American Medal-Thick. I have been lusting after this medal for quite a few years. I was never able to find an example that I liked and could afford at the same time. Well my luck held and I found this at my regular coin dealer this last weekend. Now I love my guy but he isn't cheap. That's O.K. 'cause I know it and he gives me tons of knowledge and advise and some other perks.. For some reason this medal was in my price range and grade a MS 64. Well above a grade I hoped to obtain. The medals were struck to commemorate the anniversary of the Restuaration, which brought Norwegian immigrants to the United States a century earlier. The medals came in different sized planchets, thick and thin. There were also some made in gold but most gold ones were melted down. The thick ones have a mintage of 33,750. The medal was designed by James Earle Fraser in .900 silver. My example also has a bit of toning that didn't come through on the photos. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks for looking.

Sourced:  NGC.com



Level 4

Thank you for this info on and the images of this work of James Earle Fraser.


Level 5

Beautiful coin. Thanks for sharing.


Level 6

Great find! And all the better that you've been looking for one for so long! It's really beautiful! Love the Viking! : )

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

That is amazing!! I am not at all familiar with this area of collecting. Medals authorized by Congress. Super cool item! I wonder if there is significance in the way it is shaped?


Level 6

Thank you all for looking and your kind comments!


Level 6

That is a beauty. This is another piece of numismatics that does not get the publicity it deserves. I think there was a reference book on so-called dollars years ago, never updated.


Level 5

There is no feeling like finding the coin you want after a long hunt. Congrats!


Level 6

Congratulations! The Norse American Medal sure has a lot of stories in its making.


Level 5

That's a beautiful piece. I don't believe I have ever seen one. Guess I will have to start looking.


Level 7

Great looking coin. It's very nice and historic. Feels good to finally get a coin you had wanted for a while. It's a great feeling. Enjoy it my friend. I know you will Mike.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

ah the vikings, thanks for sharing

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