Gem New Medal & Leather Strap Fob from 1909 Seattle Alaska Yukon Expo
It seems ironic to me that the finest struck medal I've seen from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition was not issued as a medal, per se, but was made looped as part of a souvenir fob. Both medal and leather strap are spotless, bright and new. These must have been tucked away carefully a century ago and just recently surfaced. The obverse of the medal, which features the logo design of the fair, can be found on various AYPE medals (without a loop) and also with the same reverse. This appears not to be a solid silver, but rather silver plated as you can see the lightest bit of gold color showing through the plating. It has absolutely zero wear so the plating must have been done improperly or too thin. But the strike, design and condition of this medal is superior to most every medal I have seen from the fair, a number in the 100s over the years. While this medal is looped as made, it still was struck from the exact dies used on the loopless medals. An identical medal alone in this gem mint condition would probably sell for $100±. It would seem highly unlikely that rather than being stowed away as a souvenir that this perfect piece came from a small group of fobs never sold at the fair and likewise staying in storage for a century or more. If that were the case we surely would have seen a few others come to the marketplace and no others have turned up. A rare piece for the AYPE collector in general or soomeone specializing in medals or so-called dollars.