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BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS

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Last Modified:  5/7/2024
  
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Slot: HK-006 UNC DETAILS
Origin/Country: United States NEW YORK 1853
Design Description: CRYSTAL PALACE DOLLAR
Item Description: WHITE METAL SC$1 1853 NY HK-6 CRYSTAL PALACE HK-6 Bruce Thomas Collection
Grade: NGC UNC Details
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CRYSTAL PALACE 1853 NEW YORK CITY, NY. HK-6 WHITE METAL.

TYPE I--1853 DOLLAR

THERE ARE ONLY A TOTAL OF (18) OF THIS WHITE METAL TYPE GIVEN A FULL NUMBER GRADE PER NGC'S CENSUS AS OF 3/2024, WITH ONLY (12) OF THOSE BEING UNC'S.

AN NGC GRADED MS 60 EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE WAS SOLD BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS IN 2016 FOR $1,292.50.

AN NGC GRADED MS 62 PL EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS IN 2019 FOR $1,320.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN SOLD AN NGC GRADED MS 60 EXAMPLE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $1,175.00.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF MINOR SCRATCHES TO THE RIGHT OF THE SHIELD ON THE OBVERSE, BUT NOTHING DETRACTING FROM THE MEDAL. I FEEL THAT THE DETAILS GRADE FOR SCRATCHES IS QUESTIONABLE. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY SEEN WORSE DAMAGE OBTAIN FULL GRADES.

Engraved by Charles Stubenrauch, formerly a mint engraver in Darmstadt, Germany.

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.

America's first foray into the promotion of the fruits of the industrial age followed the successful 1851 Great Exhibition in England. It showcased the industrial achievements of the world and demonstrated the nationalistic pride of a relatively young nation and all that America stood for. The English influence lead to the construction of an American version of the English Crystal Palace in iron and glass as the Grand Hall for the Exhibition.
Slot: HK-008 MS 62
Origin/Country: United States NEW YORK, NY 1854
Design Description: CRYSTAL PALACE
Item Description: WHITE METAL SC$1 1854 NY HK-8 CRYSTAL PALACE HK-8
Grade: NGC MS 62
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Owner Comments
CRYSTAL PALACE 1853, NEW YORK CITY, NY TYPE III- 1854 DOLLAR

THERE ARE ONLY (10) MS 63'S AND (2) MS 64'S FINER OF THE (69) LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 8/2023.

AN NGC GRADED MS 63 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS IN 2019 FOR $576.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN SOLD ANOTHER NGC GRADED MS 62 EXAMPLE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $575.00.

Manufactured by Pinches of London, these medals are actually British and should not have been included even in the 1963 edition of this reference. Originally opened as part of The Great Exhibition of 1851, the Crystal Palace was moved after the close of the Exhibition from its original location in Hyde Park; reopened on Sydenham Hill in London by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on June 10, 1854. Original building destroyed by fire on Nov. 30, 1936; site of current Crystal Palace Park.

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

Medals: All issues proved difficult to research. Types I and III, at least, probably were of official nature, perhaps sold within Palace during exhibitions. Today, all four medals are extremely rare.
Slot: HK-009 MS 62 BN
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: SC$1 1860 HK-9 HEENAN-SAYERS BOXING HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Grade: NGC MS 62 BN
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Owner Comments
THERE ARE A TOTAL OF ONLY (11) OF THIS TYPE LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 2/2024.

JEFF SHEVLIN HAS AN NGC GRADED MS 63 EXAMPLE FOR SALE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $1,950.00.

HEENAN-SAYERS BOXING BOUT 1860 WORLD'S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP HK-9 COPPER 34MM

These medals commemorate one of famous bare-knuckle heavyweight championship bouts. John C. Heenan, born Troy, NY, moved to California; called Benicia Boy, won first clear claim to American title. He journeyed to England, there met world champion Tom Sayers. Latter born Brighton, England; bricklayer by trade; won championship 1857. Heenan-Sayers fought at Farnborough, April 17; called "most famous" in English prize ring history; lasted over 2 hours; ended in 42-round "draw" when crowd swarmed ring following injury to Sayers' arm. Latter then retired permanently from boxing.

Professional pugilism lacked all law and order until 1743 when Jack Broughton, one of early English champions, compiled set of rules; these superseded by London Prize Ring Rules of 1838; "bare-knuckles" still used. In 1866, 8th Marquis of Queensbury published Queensbury Rules calling for gloved contests. Acceptance by professionals took years or until 1892 when John L. Sullivan lost world heavyweight title to James J. Corbett at New Orleans. Since latter date, Queensbury Rules are basic in boxing.

While this contest itself was held in England, medals were struck here by Smith and Hartmann, New York City, following Heenan's return to United States.
Slot: HK-010A UNC DETAILS DAMAGED
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: SC$1 1860 HK-10A HEENAN-SAYERS BOXING HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Grade: NGC UNC Details
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Owner Comments
THERE ARE A TOTAL OF (11) EXAMPLES OF THIS TYPE LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 9/2023. THERE ARE SOME LIGHT SCRATCHES AND RIM DINGS ON THE OBVERSE OF THE MEDAL. THIS MEDAL IS UNCIRCULATED DETAILS DUE TO THESE ISSUES.

JEFF SHEVLIN SOLD AN NGC GRADED MS 62 EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $1,350.00.

AN UNGRADED "EXTRA FINE" EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS AUCTIONS FOR $129.25.

HEENAN-SAYERS BOXING BOUT 1860, WORLD'S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP HK-10a White Metal. 34mm.

Obv. Raised male bust facing l.; above Thomas S. Sayers, the Champion of England; below bust, microscopic F. B. Smith & Hartmann N.Y.

Rev. Within an open wreath The great / international / prize fight / between / Heenan & Sayers / for the / championship / of the world / fought / April 1860.

These medals commemorate one of famous bare-knuckle heavyweight championship bouts. John C. Heenan, born Troy, NY, moved to California; called Benicia Boy, won first clear claim to American title. He journeyed to England, there met world champion Tom Sayers. Latter born Brighton, England; bricklayer by trade; won championship 1857. Heenan-Sayers fought at Farnborough, April 17; called "most famous" in English prize ring history; lasted over 2 hours; ended in 42-round "draw" when crowd swarmed ring following injury to Sayers' arm. Latter then retired permanently from boxing.

Professional pugilism lacked all law and order until 1743 when Jack Broughton, one of early English champions, compiled set of rules; these superseded by London Prize Ring Rules of 1838; "bare-knuckles" still used. In 1866, 8th Marquis of Queensbury published Queensbury Rules calling for gloved contests. Acceptance by professionals took years or until 1892 when John L. Sullivan lost world heavyweight title to James J. Corbett at New Orleans. Since latter date, Queensbury Rules are basic in boxing.

While this contest itself was held in England, medals were struck here by Smith and Hartmann, New York City, following Heenan's return to United States.
Slot: HK-011 UNC DETAILS
Origin/Country: United States SOUTH CAROLINA 1861
Design Description: BOMBARDMENT OF FT. SUMTER TYPE 1
Item Description: WHITE METAL SC$1 1861 SC HK-11 BOMBARDMENT OF FT SUMTER HK-11
Grade: NGC UNC Details
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Owner Comments
BOMBARDMENT OF FORT SUMTER 1861 CHARLESTON, SC TYPE 1 WHITE METAL HK-11.

IT IS A SHAME THAT SOMEONE APPARENTLY MADE A JEWELRY ITEM OUT OF THIS MEDAL. PINCHED AT 3:30 AND 8:30 ON THE OBVERSE, OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE A FAIRLY HIGH GRADE UNC. AND POSSIBLY PROOFLIKE, ESPECIALLY ON THE REVERSE IN MY OPINION. THERE ARE ONLY (12) OF THIS TYPE GIVEN A FULL GRADE PER THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 8/2023. DIES FOR THIS MEDAL BY GEORGE H LOVETT.

A MS 62 PL EXAMPLE SOLD ON EBAY FOR $2,053.00 ON 2/28/2021.

AN NGC GRADED MS 61 EXAMPLE SOLD FOR $1,150.00 IN THE OSTHEIMER SEALED BID AUCTION IN 2011.

JEFF SHEVLIN SOLD AN NGC GRADED MS 61 EXAMPLE FOR $1,100.00 RECENTLY ON HIS WEBSITE.

I PREVIOUSLY WAS THE OWNER OF THE ONE AND ONLY HK-11F SILVER VARIETY OF THE FORT SUMTER MEDALS. I ALSO WAS THE PREVIOUS OWNER OF ONE OF THE TOP POP COPPER HK-11C'S IN MS 65 RB, AND WAS ALSO THE PREVIOUS OWNER OF BOTH OF THE COPPER HK-11E EXAMPLES IN MS 64 BN AND MS 65 RB. SO, I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT I AM SOMEWHAT OF AN EXPERT ON THIS SERIES OF MEDALS.

The firing upon Fort Sumter by Confederate forces under Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard marked the beginning of the American Civil War. The spotlight was upon US Army Major Robert Anderson, who led a small force of loyal troops from Fort Moultrie to the much stronger and more strategic position at Fort Sumter. Southern leaders were outraged at their “betrayal,” but their stance was celebrated in the North. As the medal highlights, the Union troops were severely outnumbered and outgunned. The fort was low on ammunition, and they had no fuses for exploding shells, so only solid shot could be used.

At 4:30 a.m., April 12, 1861, 43 Confederate guns and mortars began firing upon the fort in a counterclockwise sequence, and continued for 34 hours straight. Major Anderson wisely kept his men out of harm's way by not manning guns on the top tier of the fort and other vulnerable areas. Exploding shells repeatedly landed inside the fort, and the Confederates heated other artillery rounds until they were glowing red hot, and targeted the fort’s wooden buildings. Before long, most of the buildings were in flames. During the bombardment, a shell struck the fort’s enormous flagpole, and the colors fell to the ground; but Norman J. Hall, a lieutenant, bravely exposed himself to enemy fire to put the flag back up. In doing so, his eyebrows were permanently singed off.

By April 13th, the fort was almost entirely depleted of ammunition, and the condition of Anderson’s men was becoming dire. Also, the Union ships outside the harbor were unable to approach to help. With no other options, Anderson agreed to evacuate the fort. They had sustained about 3,000 shells along with raging fires inside the fort without losing a single man.

After his heroic actions, Anderson was promoted to brigadier general. He retained the fort’s 33-star flag, and it became a symbol at rallies in the North for nationalism and rejection of secessionism. At the war’s end in 1865, Major Anderson returned to Fort Sumter to raise the flag he had lowered four years earlier.

The Bombardment of Fort Sumter Dollar was likely struck soon after the event, as the Union capitalized on the heroics of these men to encourage enlistment. Unfortunately, the origin of the piece has been elusive to researchers. Dewitt lists this piece as being muled with a McClellan campaign medal (Dewitt-GMcC-1864-8D), the dies for which were made by George H. Lovett of New York in 1864.
Slot: HK-012A MS 61
Origin/Country: United States 1869
Design Description:
Item Description: SILVER SC$1 1869 HK-12A PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPLETE
Grade: NGC MS 61
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Owner Comments
THERE ARE A TOTAL OF ONLY (13) OF THIS TYPE LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 8/2023.

JEFF SHEVLIN HAS A SP 61 PCGS GRADED EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE LISTED ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $4,850.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN PREVIOUSLY HAD ANOTHER SP 61 PCGS GRADED EXAMPLE THAT WAS SOLD FOR $4,950.00.

Rare silver variety, one of the “Three Kings” of silver SCD’s. Medal commemorates the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Authorized by Congress and designed and engraved by William Barber. Obverse features the bust of U.S. Grant and states “The Oceans United by Railway”. The reverse depicts a mountain scene with a train.

PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPLETION 1869- HK-12a Silver. Proof. Julian CM-39. 126 struck.

Medal commemorates completion of first transcontinental railroad May 10, 1869. Authorized by 41st Congress, designed and engraved by William Barber, it was struck originally in 1870 in Bronze at Philadelphia Mint; became one of Mint Medal Series (Miscellaneous No. 13).

Representing one of most important economic accomplishments of 19th century to that date, Central Pacific Railroad from east and Union Pacific from west were joined at Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869. Territory of Utah, created September 1850, was not yet of age and Utah statehood still was more than 25 years away.

Obv. Naked profile bust of President U. S. Grant facing r.; above around Presidency of U. S. Grant.; below bust is a line across and below line The oceans united / by railway / May 10, 1869.

Rev. Landscape scene with mountains in background and train proceeding r., Pacific Ocean at l. border, Atlantic Ocean at r. border; above, on ribbon in clouds, Every mountain shall be made low; below scene, at l. microscopic W. Barber, F.; below Medal series of the / U. S. Mint., small J. Pollock director.
Slot: HK-013 MS 63
Origin/Country: United States PLYMOUTH, MA. 1870
Design Description: PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL
Item Description: SILVER PLATED COPPER SC$1 1870 MA HK-13 PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION
Grade: NGC MS 63
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Owner Comments
PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL 1870, PLYMOUTH, MA.

ANOTHER NGC GRADED MS 63 EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE WAS SOLD BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS IN 2021 FOR $504.00.

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.
Slot: HK-015 MS 64 PL
Origin/Country: United States PLYMOUTH, MA. 1870
Design Description: PILGRIM JUBILEE MEMORIAL
Item Description: BRASS 34mm 1876 PA SH 2-75 WM DECLAR. OF INDEPENDENCE DELPHOS UNION SCHOOL HK-15
Grade: NGC MS 64 PL
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Owner Comments
PURCHASED FROM JEFF SHEVLIN AT ANA SHOW IN DALLAS, TX 2016.

AN NGC GRADED MS 64 NON-PROOFLIKE EXAMPLE SOLD FOR $431.00 IN THE OSTHEIMER SEALED BID AUCTION IN 2011.

JEFF SHEVLIN HAS AN NGC GRADED MS 65 NON-PROOFLIKE EXAMPLE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $445.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN ALSO HAS AN NGC GRADED MS 64 NON-PROOFLIKE EXAMPLE LISTED ON HIS WEBSITE 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.
Slot: HK-019 XF DETAILS
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description:
Item Description: SILVER SC$1 1876 PA HK-19 NEVADA DOLLAR US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION HK-19 Bruce Thomas Collection
Grade: NGC XF Details
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Owner Comments
XF DETAILS POLISHED IS PROBABLY AN APPROPRIATE GRADING FOR THIS MEDAL. I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A HK-19A COPPER FROM THE COLORATION, BUT I HAD XRF TESTING DONE ON IT AND IT WAS SILVER. ROLLED THE DICE AND LOST ON THIS ONE!!! IT IS BEAUTIFULLY TONED SILVER HOWEVER.
Slot: HK-020 MS 64
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description: US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
Item Description: SILVER SC$1 1876 PA HK-20 US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION OFFICIAL MEDAL HK-20 OFFICIAL MEDAL
Grade: NGC MS 64
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Owner Comments
ONLY (3) MS 65'S LISTED AS FINER OF THIS TYPE IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 8/2023.

A PCGS GRADED MS 63 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS IN 2021 FOR $408.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN SOLD AN NGC GRADED MS 65 ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $975.00.

U.S. CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 1876 PHILADELPHIA, PA

Purpose: To commemorate 100th anniversary of signing of United States Declaration of Independence.

Medals: Official Medals sponsored and issued in two sizes by Centennial Board of Finance; authorized by 43rd Congress. Large size precluded from listing here. Of issues below, Silver was struck in Mint Exhibit on grounds, sold for $3; Bronze and Gilt pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint, sold for 50 cents each. Dies were destroyed when exposition closed.

OFFICIAL MEDALS
Engraved by William Barber. One of White Metal specimens was sold by Presidential Coin and Antique Company in 1983 from personal collection of Charles Barber, son of William Barber; other two specimens reported as from same source.
Slot: HK-020 MS 63
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description: US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
Item Description: SILVER SC$1 1876 PA HK-20 US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION OFFICIAL MEDAL HK-20
Grade: NGC MS 63
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Owner Comments
VERY BEAUTIFULLY DARK TONED SILVER EXAMPLE OF THIS SO-CALLED DOLLAR.

ANOTHER NGC GRADED MS 63 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS FOR $517.00.

A PCGS GRADED MS 63 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS IN 2021 FOR $408.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN HAS AN NGC MS 61 EXAMPLE FOR SALE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $345.00.

CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 1876 PHILADELPHIA, PA

Purpose: To commemorate 100th anniversary of signing of United States Declaration of Independence.

Medals: Official Medals sponsored and issued in two sizes by Centennial Board of Finance; authorized by 43rd Congress. Large size precluded from listing here. Of issues below, Silver was struck in Mint Exhibit on grounds, sold for $3; Bronze and Gilt pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint, sold for 50 cents each. Dies were destroyed when exposition closed.

OFFICIAL MEDALS
Engraved by William Barber. One of White Metal specimens was sold by Presidential Coin and Antique Company in 1983 from personal collection of Charles Barber, son of William Barber; other two specimens reported as from same source.
Slot: HK-020 MS 61
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description: US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
Item Description: SILVER SC$1 1876 PA HK-20 US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION OFFICIAL MEDAL HK-20 BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION
Grade: NGC MS 61
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Owner Comments
THIS PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A PROOFLIKE DESIGNATION. I THOUGHT IT MIGHT EVEN BE GRADED AS A PROOF VERSION OF THIS MEDAL TYPE.

JEFF SHEVLIN HAS AN NGC GRADED MS 61 EXAMPLE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $345.00.

ANOTHER NGC GRADED MS 61 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS IN 2021 FOR $384.00.


U.S. CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 1876 PHILADELPHIA, PA

Purpose: To commemorate 100th anniversary of signing of United States Declaration of Independence.

Medals: Official Medals sponsored and issued in two sizes by Centennial Board of Finance; authorized by 43rd Congress. Large size precluded from listing here. Of issues below, Silver was struck in Mint Exhibit on grounds, sold for $3; Bronze and Gilt pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint, sold for 50 cents each. Dies were destroyed when exposition closed.

OFFICIAL MEDALS
Engraved by William Barber. One of White Metal specimens was sold by Presidential Coin and Antique Company in 1983 from personal collection of Charles Barber, son of William Barber; other two specimens reported as from same source.
Slot: HK-021 MS 64 BN
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description: US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
Item Description: BRONZE SC$1 1876 PA HK-21 US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION OFFICIAL MEDAL HK-21 OFFICIAL MEDAL
Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
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Owner Comments
ONLY (15) MS 65'S AND (1) MS 66 LISTED FINER IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 8/2023.

ANOTHER NGC GRADED MS 64 BN EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS AUCTIONS IN 2022 FOR $336.00.

JEFF SHEVLIN HAS AN NGC GRADED MS 65 LISTED FOR SALE ON HIS WEBSITE FOR $495.00.


Purpose: To commemorate 100th anniversary of signing of United States Declaration of Independence.

Medals: Official Medals sponsored and issued in two sizes by Centennial Board of Finance; authorized by 43rd Congress. Large size precluded from listing here. Of issues below, Silver was struck in Mint Exhibit on grounds, sold for $3; Bronze and Gilt pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint, sold for 50 cents each. Dies were destroyed when exposition closed.

OFFICIAL MEDALS
Engraved by William Barber. One of White Metal specimens was sold by Presidential Coin and Antique Company in 1983 from personal collection of Charles Barber, son of William Barber; other two specimens reported as from same source.
Slot: HK-022 MS 63
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description: US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
Item Description: GILT SC$1 1876 PA HK-22 US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION OFFICIAL MEDAL HK-22
Grade: NGC MS 63
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Owner Comments
THERE ARE ONLY (11) FINER OF THE (98) LISTED IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 8/2023.

A PCGS GRADED MS 62 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS FOR $360.00.

AN UNGRADED "MINT STATE" EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS FOR $552.00.

U.S. CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 1876 PHILADELPHIA, PA

Purpose: To commemorate 100th anniversary of signing of United States Declaration of Independence.

Medals: Official Medals sponsored and issued in two sizes by Centennial Board of Finance; authorized by 43rd Congress. Large size precluded from listing here. Of issues below, Silver was struck in Mint Exhibit on grounds, sold for $3; Bronze and Gilt pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint, sold for 50 cents each. Dies were destroyed when exposition closed.

OFFICIAL MEDALS
Engraved by William Barber. One of White Metal specimens was sold by Presidential Coin and Antique Company in 1983 from personal collection of Charles Barber, son of William Barber; other two specimens reported as from same source.
Slot: HK-022 MS 61
Origin/Country: United States PHILADELPHIA, PA 1876
Design Description: US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
Item Description: GILT SC$1 1876 PA HK-22 US CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION OFFICIAL MEDAL HK-22 THOMAS COLLECTION
Grade: NGC MS 61
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Owner Comments
U.S. CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 1876 PHILADELPHIA, PA.

A PCGS GRADED MS 62 SOLD FOR $360.00 BY STACKS BOWERS IN 2020.

Purpose: To commemorate 100th anniversary of signing of United States Declaration of Independence.

Medals: Official Medals sponsored and issued in two sizes by Centennial Board of Finance; authorized by 43rd Congress. Large size precluded from listing here. Of issues below, Silver was struck in Mint Exhibit on grounds, sold for $3; Bronze and Gilt pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint, sold for 50 cents each. Dies were destroyed when exposition closed.

OFFICIAL MEDALS
Engraved by William Barber. One of White Metal specimens was sold by Presidential Coin and Antique Company in 1983 from personal collection of Charles Barber, son of William Barber; other two specimens reported as from same source.
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