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Panorama 1901

Category:  Token & Medals
Owner:  Dlibertycap
Last Modified:  6/4/2020
Set Description
Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, NY, 1901, tokens and medals.

Set Goals
To own each variety of token and medal associated with the expo (including So Called Dollars), in the highest grade possible. Encased pennies and elongated cents will be listed separately.

There are well over 100 different medals from the PAE. Some types are common, but many are scarce or rare. Based on auction appearances including eBay the last few years, the opportunities to acquire some of the scarcer pieces do not occur that often. Sometimes years go by without seeing some types offered. The truly rare ones hardly appear at all and most must be socked away somewhere and only reappear in estate sales or when old-time collections are broken up. It is hard to put a number on how many still exist and difficult to accurately assign to a rarity scale. Unlike rare coins that have a ready-made market, appearances of medals for sale may not indicate rarity since the demand for them may not be driving the number of offerings. However, based on relative scarcity I provide my estimate of rarity using the updated Sheldon/HK 2nd Edition scale below.

R1 Common 1,250+
R2 Uncommon 501 - 1,250
R3 Scarce 201 - 500
R4 Very Scarce 76 - 200
R5 Rare 31 - 75
R6 Very Rare 13 - 30
R7 Extremely Rare 4 - 12
R8 Nearly Unique 2 - 3
R9 Unique 1

From a collector standpoint, even some of the rare pieces are available for less than $50 as the demand part of the equation is not driving these upward. That makes for a wonderful opportunity to purchase some of these great historical pieces.

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View Coin Gold Octagonal Token (Charm) [Unlisted in Lavin] United States GOLD 11mm 1901 NY GOLD PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION BUFFALO, OCTAGONAL NGC MS 65 I am aware of only three types of gold tokens or medals from the Expo. There were a few examples of the rare large-size 64mm Hermon MacNeil award medal that were actually struck in gold! J.H. Cline's book on standing liberty quarters (a coin also designed by MacNeil) estimates 10 may have been struck in gold with perhaps one or two extant. The first place American Athletic Union medals are reportedly 12k gold. And then there is this token at the other end of the size spectrum. At 11mm in diameter it is the smallest token from the Expo. These are mostly encountered with a loop at the top and affixed to a pin, bracelet, or other accessory. These seldom appear for sale and a rarity of R6 seems about right.

This example is a beautiful gold gem with lovely luster. The only other graded example I am aware of is an NGC-graded MS64 piece. But on close inspection of the photos from a 2008 Heritage auction, it looks as though the loop may have been removed from that piece.
View Coin GILT Octagonal Token (Charm) [Unlisted in Lavin] UNITED STATES 11mm 1901 NY GILT BUFFALO LEFT, OCTAGONAL PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 63 Fools gold!
View Coin Electric Tower / Lord's Prayer [Lavin TM01] UNITED STATES BRASS 13mm 1901 NY L-TM01 THE LORD'S PRAYER PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 63 Among the many Midway concessions at the Pan was a small stand alone building with a sign promoting "The First Coin Machine Used By U.S. Mint." According to a souvenir card from that exhibit, this medal and TM23 were struck on the first steam coinage press used by the U.S. Mint. The advertisement reads: "The souvenirs struck by this press consist of the small 'Lord's Prayer' Medal, and a Pan-American Medal bearing the Electric Tower on one side, and the Beck design, representing the unity of North and South America, on the reverse side. The former is very unique and interesting, as it is the smallest reproduction of the Lord's Prayer ever struck on metal. Both of these medals are made of a fine composition of metals, plated in gold, and make a very attractive souvenir, both as a keepsake and to wear as a charm, many being used for the latter purpose. Prices: Gold Plated $.25; Sterling Silver (Lord's Prayer only) $.35; Solid Gold (14K) $2.50. Historic Coinage Press Co. 612 Prudential Bldg., Buffalo N.Y." I have never seen a 14k specimen of this or TM23. The prospect of differentiating a gilt brass from a possible gold example among all the surviving look-alike candidates is intriguing!

This is the second smallest token from the Fair measuring 13mm in diameter. This diminutive token is often encountered holed on a stick pin. This medal is scarce and appears perhaps 3 to 5 times a year in auction. Unholed examples are available, but choice examples without hole are rare.
Silver Electric Tower / Lord's Prayer [Unlisted variety of Lavin TM01] United States Sterling Silver 1901 Among the many Midway concessions at the Pan was a small stand alone building with a sign promoting "The First Coin Machine Used By U.S. Mint." According to a souvenir card from that exhibit, this medal and TM23 were struck on the first steam coinage press used by the U.S. Mint. The advertisement reads: "The souvenirs struck by this press consist of the small 'Lord's Prayer' Medal, and a Pan-American Medal bearing the Electric Tower on one side, and the Beck design, representing the unity of North and South America, on the reverse side. The former is very unique and interesting, as it is the smallest reproduction of the Lord's Prayer ever struck on metal. Both of these medals are made of a fine composition of metals, plated in gold, and make a very attractive souvenir, both as a keepsake and to wear as a charm, many being used for the latter purpose. Prices: Gold Plated $.25; Sterling Silver (Lord's Prayer only) $.35; Solid Gold (14K) $2.50. Historic Coinage Press Co. 612 Prudential Bldg., Buffalo N.Y." This is the second smallest token from the Fair measuring 13mm in diameter. This sterling silver piece, the only to appear in the last seven years, sold on eBay December 15, 2019.
View Coin Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Large Buffalo Charging Left)/ Electric City [Lavin TM06] UNITED STATES 18mm 1901 NY L-TM06 ELECTRIC CITY PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 65 Interesting pendant medal that almost always comes holed. I am aware of two distinct reverse dies. In one reverse die, the waves of the Niagara River touch the period between "N.Y" while on the other die, the waves end at the "N" in "N.Y."

This type appears infrequently for sale, but is one of the relatively more available of the Pan Am medals. An R4 rating.

This is a beautiful gem with reflective surfaces.
Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Large Buffalo Charging Left)/ Electric City (different reverse) [unlisted die variety under Lavin TM06] United States 1901
Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Small Buffalo Charging Left)/ Electric City [Lavin TM07] United States BRASS 1901 Similar to previous pendant medal, but with smaller Buffalo design on the front. These appear far more infrequently then the large buffalo version. Not sure if rarity of appearances is due to the fact that there is not much of a market for these or if there are just not many of these around. Until I learn otherwise, this is an R5 maybe even an R6, though prices may not reflect rarity.
Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Buffalo Walking Right)/ Niagara Falls {Aluminum} [Lavin TM08] United States 1901 This is a white metal (aluminum) example, rather than the next entry in the set which is silvered copper. This example has the loop removed at the top and has a been holed (punctured).
Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Buffalo Walking Right)/ Niagara Falls {Silvered Copper} [Unlisted in Lavin] United States 1901
View Coin Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Buffalo Walking Right)/ Niagara Falls {gilt brass} [Lavin TM09] UNITED STATES BRASS 18mm 1901 NY L-TM09 PAN-AM EXPO-BUFFALO NIAGARA FALLS, BRASS LAVIN PLATE NGC MS 63
Pan-American Exposition Buffalo (Buffalo Walking Right)/ Niagara Falls {Copper} [Lavin TM10] United States COPPER 1901
North And South America / PAE 1901 Wreath [Lavin TM16] United States BRASS One of at least three known obverse dies. Note the shape of the continents (droopy blobs and no Florida in North America) and the tip of South America between the L and O of Buffalo.
North And South America / PAE 1901 Wreath [Unlisted die variety under Lavin TM16] United States 1901 One of at least three known obverse dies. Note the shape of the continents (well formed) and the tip of South America between the A and L of Buffalo.
North And South America / PAE 1901 Wreath [Unlisted die variety under Lavin TM16] United States BRASS One of at least three known obverse dies. Note the shape of the continents (well formed) and the tip of South America falls to the second F in Buffalo.
Buffalo Charging (Right) [Lavin TM17] United States BRASS 1901
View Coin Pan.Am.Exp 1901 (Crude Letters) [Lavin TM18] UNITED STATES White Metal 18mm 1901 NY L-TM18 PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC VF Details Crudely made token has lettering on one side and blank on the reverse. I have only seen one example, this one that is plated in Lavin's book. An R7 or perhaps an R9 until I learn otherwise.

Token is not completely round and seems to have had a portion of the top right side clipped off.
STERLING Electrical Building [Unlisted in Lavin] United States Fred Lavin collected Pan American memorabilia for over 20 years, so it is always a thrill to discover a new medal from the PAE that he did not own or list in his marvelous book. This one appeared on eBay at the end of May 2020. One of only a handful of silver medals from the exposition, this measures 19mm in diameter.
North and South America [Unlisted in Lavin] United States Uniface, newly discovered May 2020.
Pan American 1901 (Script) [Unlisted in Lavin] United States BRASS 1901 Pin.
View Coin Pan American Exposition (Rafael Beck Design)/H. A. Meldrum Co. [Lavin TM22] UNITED STATES BRASS 21mm 1901 NY L-TM22 H.A. MELDRUM CO. PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 67 Amazingly clean fields and flashy luster on this monster-gem example.
View Coin Pan American Exposition (Rafael Beck Design)/Electric Tower [Lavin TM23] United States BRASS BRASS 1901 NY BUFFALO ELECTRICAL TOWER PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 65 Among the many Midway concessions at the Pan was a small stand alone building with a sign promoting "The First Coin Machine Used By U.S. Mint." According to a souvenir card from that exhibit, this medal (and TM01) were struck on the first steam coinage press used by the U.S. Mint. The advertisement reads: "The souvenirs struck by this press consist of the small 'Lord's Prayer' Medal, and a Pan-American Medal bearing the Electric Tower on one side, and the Beck design, representing the unity of North and South America, on the reverse side ... Both of these medals are made of a fine composition of metals, plated in gold, and make a very attractive souvenir, both as a keepsake and to wear as a charm, many being used for the latter purpose. Prices: Gold Plated $.25; Sterling Silver (Lord's Prayer only) $.35; Solid Gold (14K) $2.50. Historic Coinage Press Co. 612 Prudential Bldg., Buffalo N.Y." I have never seen or heard rumor of a 14k specimen of this one. The prospect of differentiating a gilt brass from a possible gold example among all the surviving look-alike candidates is intriguing!

An article from The Buffalo News on November 1, 1901, ... The article reads as follows: "The H.A. Meldrum Company announced that they will be closed on the afternoon of Farewell Day, from 1 o'clock, so that all employees may have a last look at the Exposition. To commemorate the day otherwise, the firm will distribute 5000 souvenir medals to Saturday morning customers. These medals are about the size of five-dollar gold pieces. On one side appear the Electric Tower, on the other the Beck design. Aside from their intrinsic worth, the medals are of historic interest. They were struck off by the first coinage machine ever used by the United States mint." A lot of people must have saved this medal as a souvenir as there seems to be many survivors from a small original population. This medal fluctuates in appearances with some times up to 10 offerings a year in auction. This is probably more an R3 than an R4 rarity.

This is a brilliant gem example with swirling luster and is ex Lavin collection.
View Coin Pan American Exposition (Rafael Beck Design)/Spirit of Niagara [Lavin TM24] UNITED STATES 21mm 1901 NY L-TM24 SPIRIT OF NIAGARA, GILT PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 64
Pan American Expo (Roman Head Faces Left) [Lavin TM25] United States COPPER 1901
Banner Over Western Hemisphere [Lavin TM30] New York State Pharmaceutical Association .
Unique Medals - To Unite the Americas {Listed as Brass in Lavin but is actually Gilt Copper} [Lavin TM33] 1901 These are found on a stick pin with the extra hanger as show in the photo. This example does not show the gilt surface.
View Coin Unique Medals - To Unite the Americas {Aluminum} [Lavin TM34] UNITED STATES 24mm 1901 NY L-TM34 PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC AU Details In addition to aluminum, this may also come as a slivered copper piece.
Unique Medals - To Unite the Americas {UNIFACE Silvered copper} [Unlisted in Lavin] United States Silvered Copper ? 1901 Note the difference in the obverse: the Buffalo appears to be larger especially as it is closer in proximity to the lettering at top (head next to "P" in "Pan," tail falls between "O" and "N" of "Exposition"), "1901" appears to be larger, and there is no "U.S.A." at the bottom in "Buffalo, N.Y."
View Coin Odd Fellows {Aluminum} [Lavin TM35] UNITED STATES 24mm 1901 NY L-TM35 PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 62
View Coin Odd Fellows {Gilt Brass} [Lavin TM36] UNITED STATES BRASS 24mm 1901 NY L-TM36 PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 63 Odd Fellows
Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Henry Heide Almonde Paste [Lavin TM40]
View Coin Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/John Labatt Ale and Porter [Lavin TM41] UNITED STATES BRASS 29mm 1901 NY L-TM41 JOHN LABATT PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC XF 45
View Coin Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Macey High Grade Furniture [Lavin TM42] UNITED STATES 29mm (1901) NY L-TM42 MACEY PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC AU 53
Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Lodge And Shipley Machine Tool [Unlisted in Lavin]
View Coin Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Roth And Englehardt Pianos [Lavin TM43] UNITED STATES BRASS 29mm 1901 NY L-TM43 ROTH & ENGELHARDT PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC MS 62
View Coin Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Whitehead And Hoag Advertising Novelties [Lavin TM44] UNITED STATES 29mm 1901 NY L-TM44 WHITEHEAD & HOAG,SILVERED PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC AU Details
View Coin Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/American Bowling Congress - Brunswick, Balke, Collander Co. [Lavin TM45] UNITED STATES BRASS 29mm (1901) NY L-TM45 AMERICAN BOWLING CONGRESS PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC AU 55 R7
View Coin Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Martin Garcia Los Angeles [Lavin TM46] UNITED STATES 29mm (1901) NY L-TM46 MARTIN GARCIA PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC F 15
Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/U.S. Cream Separator [Unlisted in Lavin] United States 1901 The larger size VFMC token that depicts the 1900 International Fair award medal on one side and the PAE award medal on the other is common and can be found for sale at almost any time. This smaller-size token with the PAE award on the obverse and text on the back seems to be quite scarce.
Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Ludwig Piano Player [Unlisted in Lavin] United States BRASS 1901
Miniature MacNeil Gold Award Medal/Ludwig Piano Player And The Claviola [Unlisted in Lavin] United States 1901 Looking for a higher condition example than this wretched piece that I just won on ebay.
Diploma From Crystal Palace London 1902/Ludwig Piano Player[Lavin TM47]
View Coin Miniature Paris International Exhibit 1900 / Ludwig Piano Player [Lavin TM48] UNITED STATES BRASS 29mm 1901 NY L-TM48 LUDWIG & CO. PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION LAVIN PLATE NGC AU 55
RCA Victor Gold Medal Award [Unlisted in Lavin]
RCA Victor Gold Medal Award Fr. Koch Co., NY [Unlisted in Lavin] United States Similar to previous design, with reverse advertisement for Fr. Koch Co., New York.
Pan American Exposition May - Nov 1901 [Unlisted in Lavin] Newly discoverd token appears to be an early promotional piece. I am not recognizing the building pictured and believe this to be an early token issued to publicize the upcoming exposition.
View Coin U.S. Government Building [Lavin TM49] UNITED STATES 28mm 1901 NY L-TM49 U.S. GOVERNMENT BUILDING PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC UNC Details
North And South America / Laurel Wreath [ Unlisted in Lavin] United States Obverse is similar to smaller size medal. Reverse is same as U.S. Government Building medal.
McKinley Assassination SC50c [Unlisted in Lavin] United States Gilt Brass 1901 Similar to SC$1, but smaller and does not include McKinley portrait.
Peace and Friendship [Lavin TM50] United States
View Coin I Was At Buffalo 1901 [Lavin TM56] UNITED STATES 31mm 1901 NY L-TM56 I WAS AT - BUFFALO PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION NGC MS 64
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