Huge Augustus St. Gaudens Silver Commemorative Medal/Columbian Expo+His Studio
This massive silver medal was issued to honor St. Gaudens, one of the finest artists and medallic designers. His $20 U.S. gold piece is generally regarded as the most beautiful of all U.S. coin issues. He also designed the obvere of the World's Columbian Expo award medal. His design for the reverse was rejected as inappropriate and it was redesigned by the U.S. Mint chief engraver C.E. (Charles) Barber. The obverse of this medal is a very close facsimile of St. Gaudens' original Columbian award medal, probably the best known world's fair medal produced in the 170 years of world's fairs. This huge silver piece weighs more than 6 1/2 ounces, comes in its original plush-line box box of issue and generally retails at anywhere from $250-$500. The melt value of the silver alone is $150+. I don't think it's ever been offered as a piece of silver to be melted, and as with many medals (especially modern ones) there is considerable variation in the pricing. This medal was struck in limited quantities to honor St. Gaudens and his Columbian Expo work. Just scanning the marketplace in recent weeks I've found only a few for sale (one can go months without ever finding a single example for sale) and none was less than $400. The low-end number of $250 we cited would be very, very difficult to find. One would need to be very patient and could quite possibly NEVER find one at $250±. We would offer this at $250 or a bit more if we were able to find another. For this sale we are offering it at only $220.