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1946Hamm1946Hamm Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited June 9, 2023 2:52PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I don't know what I have here. They are 63.7mm like the real award medals but are uniface with a bole attached to the rear to be mounted. I mounted them on a walnut plaque to show them. Any speculation as to what they are or were used for. My guess is that they were used to show what the medals were to look like. I think they are neat regardless.

Have a good day, Gary


  • cmerlo1cmerlo1 Posts: 7,855 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 7, 2023 9:02AM

    Not sure what they were for, but I like them. The Pan-American expo was definitely historical, unfortunately because President McKinley was assassinated there. I just acquired this ticket stub from it at the TNA coin show in Texas this last weekend:

    You Suck! Awarded 6/2008- 1901-O Micro O Morgan, 8/2008- 1878 VAM-123 Morgan, 9/2022 1888-O VAM-1B3 H8 Morgan | Senior Regional Representative- ANACS Coin Grading. Posted opinions on coins are my own, and are not an official ANACS opinion.
  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think everything shown in this thread is spectacular!

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

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

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very, very nice medals and display.... Probably gold plated, any idea what the base metal is? Cheers, RickO

  • TrampTramp Posts: 615 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Shot in the dark but could they have been worn on the front of a bus cap?

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,725 ✭✭✭✭✭

    They are in much better condition than I would expect to see. Large items like that pick up damage easily and those seem to have little or none.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • GoldenEggGoldenEgg Posts: 1,903 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 8, 2023 2:27PM

    Many of the awardees at these large expositions had their medals replicated in various forms, either for display or advertising. It was a very common practice. That’s what I believe this piece to be (so, I don’t think it is an original produced by Gorham.) And it’s a well-crafted and well- preserved specimen at that, obviously intended to be mounted.

    I don’t know why the engraving space is blank though.

    Super cool pair!

  • dcarrdcarr Posts: 7,661 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't necessarily subscribe to this theory, but based on the picture of the back side I wonder if they are electrotypes (which are typically a copper electroplated shell filled with lead). So this could be two halves of such a shell.

  • 1946Hamm1946Hamm Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the comments. I don't know what they are either. It's all speculation as to when they were made and for what purpose. Here are real Pan-Am medals I have to add to this.

    Have a good day, Gary
  • 1946Hamm1946Hamm Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Added some photos

    Have a good day, Gary
  • GoldenEggGoldenEgg Posts: 1,903 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Something about this medal in bronze is super eye appealing! Nice specimens!

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