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 Posted 09/13/2021  10:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Was recently browsing the internet for coins/medals/tokens that could fill the few empty holes in last page of my ATB Quarter set.
To my surprise, I came across the "Landmarks of America" program from Sunoco (late 60's, early 70's) which featured twenty "landmarks" (historical sites, national parks, etc.) on its tokens. Anyone collecting these?


(pic from the internet)

Also, the implications are that the ATB program from the US Mint is no longer entirely unique. Clearly, others have thought of such programs many decades ago.
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 Posted 09/14/2021  5:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Arrgh.... the dreaded glue.

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Also, the implications are that the ATB program from the US Mint is no longer entirely unique. Clearly, others have thought of such programs many decades ago.

Very true! More than one set of medals marking US Parks/Landmarks was available to collectors in the 1960s and 1970s. As the saying goes, "Everything old is new again!"




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Very true! More than one set of medals marking US Parks/Landmarks was available to collectors in the 1960s and 1970s. As the saying goes, "Everything old is new again!"


It seems however that the medals made for these sets were made of base metal, not precious. Unless I am missing something...
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It seems however that the medals made for these sets were made of base metal, not precious. Unless I am missing something...

Not accurate for all series. Those produced by the Franklin Mint, for example, featured sets with sterling silver (0.925 fine) medals available.

Here's one example:








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Good find! These medals are the size of a 1 oz silver round?
And since you are so knowledgeable, @commems, might I ask your help? I am looking for a coin, medal, or token - preferably silver - about the size of a quarter that features a national park, national monument, or World Heritage Site in the US that is NOT already covered by the ATB or Statehood Quarters series.
I did find one using Numista ( https://en.numista.com/catalogue/ex...a141207.html ), but it seems the Numista catalog is not 100% complete.
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@NumisEd: Your link produced a "Page not found" error for me, so I don't know which coin you found in Numista. What are its details?

Your criteria are quite limiting. If I understand correctly, you are looking for pieces about 25 mm in diameter, silver and featuring a US national park, etc. that is not already covered by either the US State Quarter or ATB series. Nothing like making things difficult for yourself!

Most countries/manufacturers looking to create a commemorative coin or medal with a US theme are most likely going to start with the "greatest hits" for instant recognition and to help generate sales vs. going with second-tier (or lower) subjects/themes that won't create the same level of interest. This approach was also taken for the US quarter programs. So, finding unique park/landmark subjects will be a challenge.

Your size specification will also likely prove to be a challenge - if it hasn't already! As many (most?) collectors prefer a larger "canvas" for their collector coins, and countries/manufacturers do their best to cater to their target collector bases, the majority of collector coins/medals produced are larger in size. Also, the standard one-ounce 38 mm silver planchet is the most readily available and offers the best price point for purchasing by national/private mints. A size of "half dollar" and above would definitely open things up for you.

The first few coins and medals I thought of failed one or more of your criteria - size, novel subject or silver composition. So, I don't have a specific recommendation for you for your supplement set to the US Mint's State/ATB quarters - at least not one that checks all of your boxes. (If you can loosen your criteria, there are multiple options available.)


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@ commems, the link should now work in the original post.
Regarding countries/manufacturers and size specification, I did find a silver coin from Liberia featuring Mesa Verde (Colorado), but its size is that of a regular 1 oz bullion coin. https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces231619.html
Of the three criteria I mentioned - size, subject, and metal composition - size is the most important, followed by subject.
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@ commems, the link should now work in the original post.
Yeah, you cannot put parentheses directly around links on CCF. It will always add the closing one to the link.
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