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US Constitution Bicentennial Medals 10k Gold - Anyone know about these?

ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,433 ✭✭✭✭✭

I am trying to figure out how much gold is in these medals - I saw a closed ebay sale that said they were 3 grams each, but one of them looks silver to me (maybe "white gold" ?) . A current ebay listing offers a set for $1,200+ which seems delusional. Any insight would be appreciated.

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  • jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,271 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The white piece has what looks like silver tarnish to me.

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  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,614 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The one medal is silver and the other 10K gold. Is the 10K medal 3g total weight or 3g net AU weight?

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  • ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,433 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TomB said:
    The one medal is silver and the other 10K gold. Is the 10K medal 3g total weight or 3g net AU weight?

    Yeah, white gold would not tarnish like that. I believe the 3g is total weight, but my only info on that is the closed ebay sale.

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My guess would be sterling and 10k gold.

    I don't know anything about them. But the crude packaging and unusually low grade gold (10K is only 41.7% pure), my gut tells me they're one of thousands of privately struck medals from the 1970s and 1980s sold in the backs of magazines and Sunday newspaper circulars.

    The seller on eBay has nearly 12,000 feedback. Their asking price seems absurd. I'm hardly a market maker, but I wouldn't pay melt for them. In fact, I would probably not buy them at any price.

    The designer of those medals is apparently Hal Reed, who as the copy indicates did in fact have designs "authorized by congress". This is his 1975 US Navy bicentennial medal struck by the mint in Philadelphia.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Weiss... That Navy medal is very nice.... Was not aware of that one. Cheers, RickO

  • ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,433 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 25, 2022 7:39AM

    @Weiss said:
    My guess would be sterling and 10k gold.

    I don't know anything about them. But the crude packaging and unusually low grade gold (10K is only 41.7% pure), my gut tells me they're one of thousands of privately struck medals from the 1970s and 1980s sold in the backs of magazines and Sunday newspaper circulars.

    Come on, Weiss, the mintage was "strictly limited" to 100,000! The $1,200 asking price reflects it's EXTREME RARITY!

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