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Found these two at a coin shop and I need a little help

SummerDays3104SummerDays3104 Posts: 499 ✭✭✭✭
edited November 4, 2022 4:06PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I picked them up for $2 a piece. I have the original casing and paper to go with it. I’m curious about their value and if I did good on them?


  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Only because you asked: common junk.


  • MetroDMetroD Posts: 1,875 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 4, 2022 4:29PM

    I think they are the following:

    America's First Medal - Gates
    America's First Medal - Washington

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,233 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you have the original cases then you know that they are part of the "America's First Medals" series issued around the Bicentennial. I think there were 12 issued and a bonus medal if you bought the special album.

    $2 is probably what they go for now, and it's less than issue price.

    I have actually bought a couple lots of these on ebay when they were cheap enough (about what you paid or slightly less). I actually kind of like them and wish I could come up with an alternate use for them.

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,257 ✭✭✭✭✭

    These were part of a 10-piece set of reproductions of early U.S. medals sold as part of the Bicentennial celebration. They sold very well, so they are common, but they were not popular in the aftermarket because people did not like the antiqued finish. When I was working in a coin shop I bought them for 10 cents and threw them in the dollar junk box where they did not sell.

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,233 ✭✭✭✭✭

    BTW, yours look to be in original condition. That's what they looked like when they were new.

  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The folks at the coin shop probably had a party with those being sold.

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TomB said:
    The folks at the coin shop probably had a party with those being sold.

    A big party! They were probably tired of dusting the cobwebs off of them.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,463 ✭✭✭✭✭

    About the same price as a Happy Meal. I'm okay with the purchase and would be tempted to put the set together for the heck f it. Inexpensive fun IMO.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Commercial mementos from the Bicentennial period. No numismatic value. Cheers, RickO

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    Commercial mementos from the Bicentennial period. No numismatic value. Cheers, RickO

    Disagree. Any medal struck 46 years ago for a national event such as the Bicentennial of our nations birth definitely has numismatic value even if it's only a couple dollars.

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PerryHall.... I stand corrected. I was thinking of actual coins, and did not consider your points. Thank you, Cheers, RickO

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