WOW! A Proof-Like, Frosted & Cameo Commemorative Medal from the US Centennial #526
I consider February to have been an exceptional month for new acquisitions. We're always looking for individual pieces and collections we can afford to purchase or sell for collectors on consignment. One area I've always gravitated toward are commemorative coins and medals. This white metal 1876 US Centennial piece is simply immaculate. The frosted and contrasting surfaces on the eagle, for example, are an example of numismatics as art. Because of the radiance and color one would assume this medal is silver but while I am not positive, I do not think it is preious metal. Regardless, it is both beautiful and a great commemorative and world's fair piece if you collect in this area. The US Centennial celebration in Philadelphia was not responsible for a particularly large number of medals, but the themes of many if not most are patriotism and US history. No single figure on US coins is more iconic than our national bird, the bald eagle. Just think if Benjamin Franklin had gotten his way and our national bird would have been the turkey! Somehow our coins and medals would have been a little less elegant.