Rare US Mint Medals - 1882 Pennsylvania Bi-Centennial
Here are a couple of my US Mint medals / So-Called Dollars from the 1882 Pennsylvania Bicentennial. I like the 1882 William Penn pieces because the William Penn bust is also used on the more common, smaller medals, both being done by George Thomas Morgan.
I'm very surprised by how rare these seem to be. Any ideas why?
The following are:
- HK-138 NGC MS64 POP 1/2/0
- HK-139 Restrike NGC MS66 POP 0/1/0
1882 200th Anniversary of the Landing of Penn - HK-138
So far I've only seen 3 specimen of this:
- Jeff Shevlin Specimen
- John Dean Specimen
- Zoins Specimen
NGC has 3 in the census, two at MS64 and 1 at MS61. PCGS has certified 0.
Aside from mine, none have been sold by Heritage, Stack's and eBay (using Worthpoint), which I find very interesting.
1882 Pennsylvania Bi-Centennial Mint Officers - HK-139
This one seems a bit more common with a number appearing in past auction records, but still rare.
- Heritage: 4
- Stack's: 1
- eBay: 3
- NGC: 6 (2 in PL)
- PCGS: 0
1882 Pennsylvania Bi-Centennial Mint Officers - HK-139 Restrike
This is a rarity as only 1 exists in NGC and I haven't run across another anywhere.
I wonder if this was a one-off piece that was made when other other restrike medals were being made.
Here are photos of the other 2 HK-138 specimens.
John Dean Specimen
As seen on the HK website:
Jeff Shevlin Specimen
As seen on his website: