Souvenir Token Struck at the Canadian Court of the World's Columbian Expo, Lot #117
The Canada Court struck these medals as souvenirs and we find and purchase perhaps 3 or 4 each year if we're lucky. A similar medal at the expo was struck by New South Wales, and these are quite rare. The ones struck in the Canada Court were generally struck on brass planchets but they were also overstruck on pocket coins for fairgoers, resulting in some very rare pieces where the details of the host coin can be seen. In some cases the host coin can be determined, in most cases even seeing a small bit of the overstruck host coin is difficult. It is quite common to see just a bit of a letter here or there. Medals struck on an identifiable coin are both rare and highly sought after. This piece was struck on one of the special planchets used at the Canada Court and not overstruck.