Over the years, I've occasionally picked up a medal that shares a design with one of the classic era commemorative coins - most have had a design similar to either the World's Columbian Exposition half dollar or the Roanoke Colony coin.
I thought I'd share a few of these medals here on CCF and am starting off with one I received at the American Numismatic Association ( ANA
) Banquet during the 1999 Annual Convention (aka World's Fair of Money). I mounted a couple of exhibits at the Convention and, as a result, received a complimentary ticket to the large Awards Banquet.
At the banquet, everyone in attendance received a gift bag that included a sterling silver medal (proof) struck by, and provided with the compliments of, The Franklin Mint. The obverse of the medal features the same "ship on wheels" design of the Columbian half dollar, but with inscriptions appropriate for the setting. The reverse present the "Lamp of Knowledge" and highlight's the ANA
's role as an educational organization for the hobby.
It is the first medal I added to my collection that features a design closely associated with a design on a US commemorative coin - but it wasn't the last!
Here it is!1999 American Numismatic Association Awards Banquet Medal 1892 World's Columbian Exposition Half Dollar
To learn more about the World's Columbian Exposition half dollar, check out:
- 1892 World's Columbian Exposition
- 1892 World's Columbian Exposition - Classic Commemorative Cousins
- 1892 World's Columbian Exposition - Contemporary Criticism
- 1892 World's Columbian Exposition - Special Day Badges
For other of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, see: Read More: Commems Collection