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14 Jul 2017

thank you COINSBYGARY

Medals-So-Called Dollars | Conan Barbarian

i would like to thank COINSBYGARY and his well written blog "The Blessings of Liberty" on introducing me to some very well designed medals with a lot of great background on each and every one of them. there was one in particular that caught my eye, the 1876 H&K Centennial Exposition Official Medal. i loved the design and the symbolism and the medal as a whole  was out of this world. so what does a collector do when they see something they like, they stalk multiple samples of them. they watch them, learn more about them, and at the right moment go for the attack and snatch it up. i ended up spending 25$ on the copper medal. with an R-6 it is just about the rarest piece i own. although the medal does have a hole in it, it is in a very particular spot, where the "sun is". there were 13 stars in the sky and  the hole was punched right in the middle of it. the back was not damaged in the process (by this i mean all the words are still clear just the wreath was damaged) making the medal attractive and possibly more affordable for collectors like me. And like Mike says "collect what you like"

Comments

user_9073

Level 5

What a beauty for your collection. I see the hole as adding history to the coin.

That is quite a lovely medal. Medals tend to be more artistic than coins. I am not usually fond of a hole in a coin, but in a medal it often means that it meant enough for someone to want to wear it. The hole in this one is small and does not detract too much from the overall design. Great catch. Hope you find other medals that arouse your fancy.

CoinLady

Level 6

Beautiful medal. Perhaps someone holed it so he could wear it. Medals are a great part of American numismatics, but they don't get their due.

coinsbygary

Level 5

You know, there is just about something for everyone's budget in this hobby. Nice pick-up! Thank you for the compliment, I'm glad you're excited by this stuff! You know that I am. There are stories bound up in all the coins and medals we collect and this medal speaks volumes! I learned a lot more history researching coins and medals than I ever learned in school. I never knew learning could be so much fun!

Mike

Level 7

Well things are going well for you. Ask him if he has extras! Only kidding. All I can say is enjoy them. Mike.

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