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1970 Norman Borlaug Sterling Rockefeller Foundation Medal / Round

 
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 Posted 08/12/2022  09:31 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MasterKromm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi guys, this is a medal / token / coin I picked up a while back... Haven't found anything on google, so figured I'd see if anyone hear knows anything. It's diameter is slightly greater than a Morgan silver dollar, but I have yet to weigh it as my balance just died.

1970 Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Norman E. Borlaug - on one side
Rockefeller Foundation Agricultural Scientist - on other side + more text too




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 Posted 08/12/2022  10:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting!

I hope someone can add some information on this.
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 Posted 08/15/2022  09:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MasterKromm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
3 day bump. Anyone have a clue or suggestion where I could check to possibly find out more about this sterling medal?
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 Posted 08/16/2022  1:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What type of info are you seeking?


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 Posted 08/16/2022  8:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MasterKromm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It be great to know who minted it, how many were created and if it has any value beyond it's silver content... Thanks for the reply!
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 Posted 08/18/2022  4:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, here's what I can tell you:

1) The medal was sponsored by the Borlaug Commemorative Committee of Cresco, Iowa in 1971 to honor the city's favorite son. Borlaug had won the Nobel prize the year before.

2) The medal was available in Sterling Silver for $10 and nickel-silver for $2.00.

3) The medal has a diameter of 1-9/16".

4) It WAS NOT struck by the Franklin Mint or the US Mint. The US Congress authorized a Congressional Gold Medal for Borlaug in 2006; the US Mint subsequently issued bronze duplicates of the medal in 3.0" and 1.5" sizes. I am not sure which private mint struck your medal or how many were struck. I also don't know if the depiction of Borlaug was the artists's style or if it indicates sub-par talent - I'm not a fan either way.

5) In terms of market value...I am not aware of it being an in-demand medal that would drive a strong market premium. Borlaug is not well known to most and medals commemorating him and/or his accomplishments likely fall into a thematic category pursued mostly by specialists. I believe your silver version is worth more than its melt value, but probably wouldn't command a price beyond the $30-$35 range if the "right" buyer was found.

If I come across anything further, I will post it.



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