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Miniature Washington before Boston bronze medal

Montana406Montana406 Posts: 4
edited December 24, 2022 10:13AM in U.S. Coin Forum

Newby here. I tried to post this in Questions and Answers but I haven't received a response.
I purchase a book of medals at an auction and I found this WBB bronze medal. I cannot find any pictures of it or any for sale or sold on ebay. I did found an article the Dept of Treasury printed in August 9, 1973. It says the medal was offered for sale at the ANA convention in Boston in 1973 and also available in September by mail. It is 1½". It is still sealed in the US Mint package.
Would this medal be valuable or would it be similar to the pewter ones for sale. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Montana406... Welcome aboard. I am not a medal expert, however, they will be along shortly. Generally, bronze metals command more of a premium than pewter. Cheers, RickO

  • Thanks RickO. I appreciate the quick response

  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,725 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In general, these Bicentennial associated medals were pretty common and don't sell for much money. However, given that yours is still in its original packaging I would imagine someone would pay more. As for what it is worth, my guess (stress on guess) would be as little as $2-$3 to as much as$15-$20. No doubt others will come along with more and better information.

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,932 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There is very little demand for medals of that era. I would be surprised if a dealer would offer more than $1 for it. Most bronze medals issued after 1960 have little collector interest.

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  • Thanks for the replies everyone.

  • GoldenEggGoldenEgg Posts: 1,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As far as US Mint medals from the 1970s go, this one is relatively rare. I don’t see any mintage figures for it in the Mint Director’s Report for the year, but I would guess that a few thousand were produced and sold. There were many, many more of these produced in 1 5/16” pewter, as it was a part of a well-promoted pewter set by the US Mint.

    Although Washington medals and Revolutionary War related medals are relatively popular, this piece isn’t worth a whole lot. They tend to sell in the $5 - $15 range.

    This medal has been produced by the US Mint in various sizes and medals over the years and the Paris Mint has also done the same. One of my favorite uses of the obverse design was a slightly modified version which was used for the 1974 assay commission medal, paired with a reverse design originally used for the reverse of the second term Richard Nixon Presidential medal.

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,242 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would leave it in the wrapper.

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