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Commems Collection: 1999 ANA Medal With Columbian Half Dollar Design

 
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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.


Collecting history one coin or medal at a time! (c) commems. All rights reserved.
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Nice piece. I look forward to the other examples in this interesting set of medals.
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Very interesting for sure, thanks.
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That's a nice piece! Any idea as to the number produced by the FM?
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Lovely piece commems. I look forward to seeing what else you will be showing from your world class collection.
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Forgot I started this thread and promised more! So...

Here's another 1992 silver Columbus medal (0.999 fine, one troy ounce); this one features the obverse and reverse designs of the 1892 commemorative half dollar.

It was struck during the quincentennial anniversary in proof as well as in uncirculated versions. I have an example of each, and decided to present the proof medal here. I've also seen the design available in a five-ounce format.

From a technical standpoint, the medal is very well done IMO - it captures the design of the original well, the medal's die was engraved with precision and is full of fine detail. Also, the medal's strike quality (proof and uncirculated) is of the highest quality. If you wanted just one 1992 medal that makes use of the 1892 design, this one would be my recommendation!

I have searched for information on this one to try to learn who struck it, who marketed it, its original selling price, how many of each type were made, etc. So far, my searches have come up empty. If anyone out there recognizes the medal and has any info they can share, I would be very appreciative.

1992 Christopher Columbus 500th Anniversary Silver Medal



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