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 Posted 08/21/2009  8:09 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Blue_oxen to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I know it can be hard to read the front sys U.S. CUSTOMHOUSE YOURKTOWN VIRGINIA and is dated 1706

any ideas?

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 Posted 08/21/2009  11:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add WpgLwr to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Does the building still exist as a museum? Might be a souvenir token.
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 Posted 08/21/2009  11:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

That is a US Mint produced bronze medal, I am not sure of its year of mintage but it is relatively modern. I did find something interesting on a website about the Custom House-

In 1972, the United States Customs Service designated the Custom House at Yorktown as one of twelve Historic Custom Houses in the United States.

With that in mind, I would guess that the Mint had a series of medals commemorating those historic Custom Houses in 1972 or so.

Edit: I did find a document referencing the sale of the first medal in the series in a 3" size, it went on sale August 1, 1973 for the price of $5.25 through mail order. Your design in the smaller 1 1/2" size would have been issued sometime after that date.
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08/22/2009 12:26 am
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 Posted 08/22/2009  12:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blue_oxen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I found another one these are kinda neat maybe I will try to put together a complete set. If I can figure out what a compleat set is still cant find any information on the one I have.

["Department of the TREASURY NEWS" banner, with "The Department of the Treasury 1789" seal on right and "U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE; WASH., D.C. 20229 - 202-964-2475" on 2nd line.]


May 20, 1974



The fourth in a series of medals commemorating historic customhouses in the United States has been struck by the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Mint in collaboration with the U.S. Customs Service.

The medal features the U.S. Customhouse in Wheeling, West Virginia, locally known as West Virginia Independence Hall. It will be presented to officials of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation, Inc., during a U.S. Customs Service bicentennial ceremony on May 23, 1974.

The Wheeling Customhouse is depicted on the obverse side and the seal of the U.S. Customs Service is on the reverse of the 1-5/16-inch miniature bronze medal. It was designed by Philip E. Fowler of the Philadelphia Mint.

The medal will be sold locally by the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation, Inc. It will be available at the customhouse following the 2 p.m. presentation ceremony, and at all banks in Wheeling.

The medal, along with three earlier ones in the series which depict Georgetown (Washington, D.C.), Boston, and San Francisco Customhouses, are available at the Bureau of the Mint's exhibit and sales areas in Philadlphia, Denver, San Francisco, and at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., for 50 cents. They may be ordered by mail through the San Francisco Mint, 55 Mint Street, San Francisco, California 94175 for 60 cents each. A 3-inch bronze medal of the Georgetown Customhouse is also available in the Mint's sales and exhibit areas for $5.00, and through the mail for $5.25.

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08/22/2009 12:33 am
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