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Commems Collection: 1922 Grant Memorial "Cousin"

 
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Tonight I thought I'd follow-up my previous post on the 1922 Grant Memorial half-dollar (See: http://goccf.com/t/117419&SearchTerms=grant) with a post highlighting a contemporary "cousin" of the coin.

In addition to the silver half-dollar and gold dollar coins struck by the US Mint, collectors of the day also had the opportunity to purchase a medal commemorating the centenary of Ulysses S Grant's birth. The medal was available from the Grant Memorial Centenary Association, the same group that sponsored and sold the coins.

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While the 31 mm bronze medal features the same general designs as seen on the coins, there are clear differences. The medal features a strong, forward-facing view of Grant vs. the coin's side profile view on its obverse, and a house less overtaken by maple trees on its reverse. In my view, the overall design of the medal is very strong and a worthy counterpart to that of the half-dollar/gold dollar prepared by Laura Gardin Fraser; I have not yet been able to ascertain the artist responsible for the medal.

The medal was struck by Whitehead & Hoag, an advertising company launched in 1892 in Newark, NJ well known for its celluloid covered pin-back advertising buttons but that is best-known to numismatists for the hundreds of commemorative medals it produced during the first half of the 20th century. The medal was sold by the Association for $0.25 and was advertised alongside its silver and gold commemorative coins; the medal was available with or without an attached ring.

Mintage figures for the medal are unknown, but the medal appears for sale far less frequently than either variety of the commemorative coins.

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1922 Grant Commemorative Medal - Obverse




1922 Grant Commemorative Medal - Reverse




1922 Grant Commemorative Half-Dollar Medal ��" Obverse




1922 Grant Commemorative Half-Dollar - Obverse





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 Posted 10/22/2012  3:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hondo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your posts and collection never cease to amaze.

Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks commems!
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 Posted 10/22/2012  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like the design of both of them, but I actual prefer the design of the medal especially for the obverse.

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My personal Thanks to you commems for sharing another great example from your museum quality set.

I am enjoying the medal ... agree that the reverse image is a better representation of Grant birthplace than our beloved 1922 classic commemorative.

Assume the loop at 12pm was the intended method to hang the medal from a chain?

I always enjoy seeing your MS65 Grant w/Star example .. pleased you shared it again ... this is indeed a lovely and expensive coin.

Your continued contributions are valued and appreciated ... my personal Thanks to you.

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 Posted 10/23/2012  2:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Captain Morgan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great coins and interesting post.
Thaank you for sharing this.
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 Posted 10/30/2012  01:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all for your kind and supportive comments. More to follow!

Collecting history one coin or medal at a time! (c) commems. All rights reserved.
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