BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS
HK-017 PF 64 BN THICK

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES LEXINGTON, MA 1875
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE OF LEXINGTON
Item Description: BRONZE SC$1 1875 MA HK-17 BATTLE OF LEXINGTON HK-17
Full Grade: NGC PF 64 BN
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:

ONLY (2) PF 65'S FINER OF ONLY (5) PROOFS IN THE NGC CENSUS OF THIS TYPE AS OF 10/2019.

THE GRADED PROOFS HAVE NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM THE NGC CENSUS FOR SOME REASON. WHEN I PUT THE GRADING # IN THE "VERIFY NGC CERTIFICATION" PAGE, IT NOW SHOWS THIS MEDAL AS A MS 64 BN. THIS HAS HAPPENED SOMETIME BETWEEN OCTOBER 2019 AND MAY 2020.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE IN MS 65 BN WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS IN 2013 FOR $763.75. A PCGS GRADED PF 64 EXAMPLE WAS SOLD BY STACKS BOWERS FOR $660.00 IN 2020.

Beautiful crimson-copper surfaces are boldly defined with an overall smooth texture. One of just 200 examples of the type produced in bronze.
Provenance: From the Collections of The Strong, Rochester, New York; sold to benefit the museum’s collections fund; originally collected by John Charles Woodbury (1859-1937).

BATTLE OF LEXINGTON CENTENNIAL 1875 LEXINGTON, MA.

Purpose: To celebrate 100th anniversary of Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, which marked beginning of Revolutionary War; to dedicate permanent memorial to that event.

Organization: Centennial Committee organized early 1873 with objective of making celebration "national in character"; functioned also as auxiliary of Lexington Monument Association, chartered 1850. Latter had erected Memorial Hall, placed there marble statues of Minute Man and Union Soldier, with niches left vacant for statues of Samuel Adams and John Hancock, both present at battle. Committee commissioned American sculptors Martin Milmore and Thomas R. Gould, residing in Italy, to carve latter statues in Carrara marble, to be unveiled at centennial. Town of Concord invited to join in celebration but declined as it planned centennial of its own. Event financed largely by private contributions.

Sites, Dates, Attendance: Center of town, called "common," April 18-19, 1875; attendance about 100,000, "overwhelmed" capacities of small farming village of fewer than 2,300.

Comment: Memorial service held 7 P.M., April 18, in town hall. Next morning, following 100-gun salute, ceremonies began in 7,000-capacity tent; included oratory, recitation by John Greenleaf Whittier of his poem, written for occasion, "Lexington--1775" and later parade. In reviewing stand were President Grant, Vice President Wilson, members of Cabinet, governors of other states and many public officials. Historic sites were marked; most homes decorated. Centennial Banquet held in second tent, seating 3,500. Bitter cold, insufficient food and inadequate transportation facilities caused much discomfort. Town forced to call for Boston police to control crowd; 40 men assigned. Lexington and Concord celebrations were first in series; climax was 1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia.

Medals: Official Medals below authorized by 43rd Congress; dies by Henry Mitchell, Boston; from design by Rev. Edward Griffin Porter, Lexington; struck at Philadelphia Mint. Only 4 Gold medals struck, sold for $30; Silver sold for $3; Bronze for $1; White Metal for $1.50 unpierced, 50 cents pierced. Entire issue quite limited.

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