World's Columbian Expo Souvenir Stick Pin with Libbey Decorative Spun Glass
This is a llittle souvenir stickpin that you may have seen over the years looking for Columbian Expo items. I generally evaluate rarity by what I've seen in the last 40 years, what shows up on ebay and what rarities come to market in major auctions. I've only owned a few of these over all those years and frankly, I've hardly ever seen them for sale say on ebay, which is so huge that it can be a barometer for many areas of collectibles. This coin-like small medal of Columbus (blank reverse) is a good example how moisture over decades can provide a lovely, albeit unwanted, turquoise color to some copper. It should be easy to clean and you wouldn't need to worry about damaging the "coin." It's logical NEVER to mess with a numismatic item, coin or medal, but you could clean this item and it would display better. Or you could leave it exactly as it is, indicative of its journey through 127 years. And it's awfully inexpensive. Personally, I think the spun glass is what makes this pin interesting. And despite its low cost I suspect that a great many Columbian collections lack this item.