VERY SCARCE 1853 NEW YORK CRYSTAL PALACE WORLD'S FAIR MEDAL HK6 #ON0303
This is a very difficult to find, seldom seen So-Called Dollar, HK6. The 1853 New York Crystal Palace was a rather obvious copy of London's 1851 Crystal Palace but still, a building somewhat ahead of its time.
This medal is uncirculated but has a few (to me) quite insignificant small spots and a tiny ding in the rim. All of these would certainly lower the price, but the second edition of the HK book cites uncirculated examples of this medal at $500-$1000, which seems very accurate due to its rarity.
How much do these minor faults reduce the price? I would say this could easily fit the bill as a $600 BU medal per this guide and I am asking dramatically less. This is the first example of this particular medal I've ever had to offer. I find the first two world's fairs—1851 London and 1853 New York—especially intriguing considering all the fairs that followed. I also have other very scarce Crystal Palace medals and a group of rare porcelain pices from 1851 listed here as well.