BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS
HK-015 MS 64 PL

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES PLYMOUTH, MA. 1870
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL
Item Description: BRASS SC$1 1870 MA HK-15 PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL HK-15
Full Grade: NGC MS 64 PL
Owner: Bruce Thomas Collection

Set Details

Custom Sets: BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS
Competitive Sets: This coin is not competing in any sets.
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

PURCHASED FROM JEFF SHEVLIN AT ANA SHOW IN DALLAS, TX 2016.

A MS64 NON-PROOFLIKE EXAMPLE SOLD FOR $431.00 IN THE OSTHEIMER SEALED BID AUCTION 2011. JEFF SHEVLIN HAS A MS 64 NON-PROOFLIKE EXAMPLE IN HIS JULY 2021 FIXED PRICE LIST FOR $385.00.

HK-15A IS GILT, HK-15 IS BRASS PER THE SO-CALLED DOLLAR BOOK, BUT NOW IT IS THOUGHT THAT NONE OF THESE MEDALS ARE MADE OF BRASS. THE HK-15 AND HK-15A TYPES ARE NOW BELIEVED TO ALL BE GILT COPPER, AND THAT NO TRUE BRASS SPECIMENS OF THIS MEDAL TYPE EXIST PER A NGC ARTICLE DATED 2/12/2019.

AS OF 7/2021, THE HK-15 DESIGNATION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE CENSUS. THIS MEDAL IS LISTED NOW AS A HK-15A ON THE "VERIFY NGC CERTIFICATION" PAGE. ORIGINALLY, THERE WERE ONLY (18) HK-15A'S LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS PRIOR TO THE CENSUS FOR HK-15 AND HK-15A BEING COMBINED.

PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL 1870, PLYMOUTH, MA.

Purpose: To commemorate 250th anniversary of Landing of Pilgrims.

Organization: Celebration sponsored and staged by Pilgrim Society, chartered 1819; Society organized "to...honor...memory of...Pilgrim Fathers,...to procure...suitable lot for erection of a monument" to their "virtues, enterprise and unparalleled sufferings." (See also Part I, National Monument to the Forefathers, Undated--Circa 1889). First meeting held May 18, 1820; on first Forefathers Day celebration, Dec. 21, 1820, Daniel Webster was principal speaker.

Pilgrim Hall, operated by Society, built 1824; later remodeled. Here are preserved history and records, personal and household property of Pilgrims--English, Scotch and Dutch Puritans, 102 in number--who landed from Mayflower Dec. 21, 1620 on Massachusetts coast, north of Cape Cod. Extension of term now includes any early Puritan settlers in New England. Society's financial support provided by 300 Life and Annual Members and by "generous gifts and subscriptions."

Site, Date: Church of First Parish and elsewhere in Plymouth; Dec. 21, 1870.

Comment: Invitations to celebration were issued over wide area "to the most distinguished people." Two special trains of guests were met by procession; conducted to Memorial Service at Church of First Parish, Town Square, to hear "oration" by U.S. Senator C. Winthrop. Dinner served to 900 in new railway station, tracks being boarded over to provide facilities; Ball held in Davis Hall attended by about "400 ladies and gentlemen."

Medals: Extensive research fails to establish exact origin of issue. Names of A. C. Warren and Jarvis E. Ellis, both then Members of Pilgrim Society, appear on Medal; probably was designed by former and engraved by latter ("J. E. Ellis • F •"); struck by Scovill Manufacturing Co, Waterbury, CT; copies presented to officials and guests at celebration. Silver specimen is in possession of Pilgrim Society. Medal is rare in all metals.

Struck in 1870 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the pilgrims voyage on the Mayflower and their landing at Plymouth Rock. Detailed scene on the obverse features the Pilgrims kneeling and praying, grateful to have made it to America. The Holy Bible is open on the reverse centered in a large wreath with a large bird flying above. Although cataloged as brass this is actually gold-plated as all were made.

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