Starting in 1972, and annually thereafter, until 1976, the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission marketed PNCs through the US mint that included a bronze mint medal and a set of four different stamps postmarked in the city where they were first issued.
1972 - George Washington Medal with stamps depicting Colonial American Craftsman postmarked in Williamsburg, VA.
1973 - Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry together on a medal with stamps depicting the Boston Tea Party postmarked in Boston, MA.
1974- John Adams Medal with stamps showing important buildings and quotes from the Revolutionary Era postmarked in Philadelphia, PA.
1975 - Paul Revere medal with stamps showing different Revolutionary War military uniforms postmarked in Washington, D.C.
1976 - Thomas Jefferson medal with stamps showing the signing of the Declaration of Independence postmarked in Philadelphia, PA.
The medals were also available in silver from the mint, but were not sold in the PNC format, to my knowledge. With all the different mint and private sector issues at the time, it was an exciting time to collect.
I have seen Lincoln Bicentennials in this sort of packaging, I never bought one though.
These are very cool! Looks like have a nice collection of them.
Well worn Copper
The medals took the place of the non-existant bicentennial commemoratives (commemorative coins were still a dirty word in 1976 as far as the mint was concerned) and were eagerly embraced by both coin and stamp collectors. The PNC version of the medals were not dated, while individual medals were ( I never really figured out why). Pairing the medals with stamps harken back to the glory days of stamp collecting, which is sadly no longer with us.
O.K.. I'll be the guy that asks,. What does PNC stand for. I'm guessing some stamp term. Very nice collection. Thanks.
Never mind. I just read your other blog that explained it. Thanks.
This collecting area never caught on very much. It could be a fun area to collect.
These were nice but I don't think they were in great demand. I wish more would have been done to celebrate the Bicentennial.
Those I would of collected I guess finding them now would be impossible. You win some and lose some. I will keep my eye out for them. Thanks for letting us know about them. Mike.
They are actually quite inexpensive and can sometimes be seen in dealer cases or even on ebay for less than $10.00. Even the silver medals sell for just melt value. Kind of sad really, they are quite attractive but no one cares about them. I have kept mine all these years, I still like to look at them and think about our history.