BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS
HK-007A UNC DETAILS PLATE EXAMPLE FOR 2008 SECOND EDITION

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: United States NEW YORK, NY 1853
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN TYPE IIa--Industry - All Nations Dollar
Item Description: WHITE METAL SC$1 1853 NY HK-7A INDUSTRY-ALL NATIONS CRYSTAL PALACE HK-7A
Full Grade: NGC UNC Details
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:

THERE ARE ONLY (1) MS 60 AND (1) MS 62 PL OF THIS TYPE LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 1/2022. THERE HAVE BEEN NONE OF THIS TYPE SOLD BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS OR STACKS BOWERS AUCTIONS IN THE PAST. VERY RARE!!! PGCS HAS NOT GRADED ANY OF THIS TYPE PER THEIR CENSUS AS OF 1/2022.

THIS EXAMPLE WAS PREVIOUSLY IN THE DONALD ENSLEY COLLECTION FROM MICHIGAN. THIS MEDAL WAS ALSO OWNED BY JEFF SHEVLIN IN THE PAST, AS HE IS GIVEN THE PHOTO CREDIT FOR THIS MEDAL AS THE PLATE EXAMPLE IN THE 2008 SECOND EDITION OF THE SO-CALLED DOLLAR REFERENCE BOOK.

LOOKING AT THE PICTURES OF THE PLATE EXAMPLE IN THE 2ND EDITION OF THE SO-CALLED DOLLAR REFERENCE BOOK, THIS APPEARS TO BE THE PLATE EXAMPLE DUE TO THE SMALL DAMAGE ABOVE THE "A" IN "CRYSTAL: AND THE "L" IN "PALACE" ON THE OBVERSE.

THIS EXAMPLE HAS BEEN GIVEN AN UNC DETAILS GRADE DUE TO THE SMALL DAMAGE REFERENCED ABOVE. OTHER THAN THAT, THIS MEDAL WOULD GRADE A LOW 60'S UNCIRCULATED IN MY OPINION. VERY SLIGHT DAMAGE, I DO NOT FEEL THAT THIS ALONE WARRANTS A DETAILS GRADE ON THIS VERY RARE SO-CALLED DOLLAR TYPE!!

CRYSTAL PALACE 1853 NEW YORK CITY, NY. TYPE IIa--Industry - All Nations Dollar, Engraved by George Hampden Lovett.

Purpose: To exhibit "industry of all nations for...comparison, competition, instruction and encouragement."

Organization: First "International" exposition held in United States. Following 1851 London Crystal Palace Exhibition, New York group, including Horace Greeley, chartered "The Association for the Exhibition of the Industry of all Nations"; built Crystal Palace at cost of over $600,000. No direct grants from city or state but former did lease ground free for five years from 1852 on condition that (1) building be "chiefly of iron and glass," (2) admission fee not exceed 50 cents. Federal government provided "neither financial support nor official sanction" but charged no duty on goods imported for exhibition purposes, which practice still prevails today.

Site, Dates: South side 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues to west of present New York Library, known as Reservoir Square; now Bryant Park. First exhibition opened July 14, 1853; ran intermittently until Oct. 5, 1858 when building was destroyed by fire.

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