1851 Crystal Palace -Very Scarce Small Bronze Medal, Queen Victoria & Palace #917
Very scarce small bronze about the size of a nickel, circulated in VF+ condition but highly desirable. Should one do an exhaustive hunt for 1851 Crystal Palace medals there are a nice group from which to choose from. Virtually all would be classified as “scarce,” and while others may use the term “rare” quite liberally, I do not. To me, a rarity is one that would be very difficult to find—ever. I spent most of 2021 searching for 1851 Crystal Palace medals and the result is the ones you see here. If I found ONLY two of a particular medal I purchased it (within reason, price and condition being important); if I found but a single example, again considering price and condition, IT IS HERE!
You will find two small bronzes from 1851 in this sale. I found two others over the first half of 2021 but they were in poor condition. If you were judging based solely on my own results from a quite extensive search of available medals in the marketplace, many could be deemed rare. In all my descriptions I will provide my best analysis of rarity. So here you have a very inexpensive, lovely medal with Queen Victoria and the Crystal Palace. We’ll call it “very scarce.”