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ANA Centennial Silver Medal. Image: CoinWeek.

American Numismatic Association Centennial Medal (1991) : A Collector’s Guide

The American Numismatic Association Centennial Medal was issued in 1991 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). The medal's obverse was...
Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace Medal, in Bronze. Image: John Kraljevich Americana.

Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace Medal (1862) – A Collector’s Guide

The Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace medal was designed by engraver by Salathiel Ellis Julian and is cataloged as Julian IP-39. As struck in silver, the...
Figure 4: Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten, Slag bij Ter Heijde (Battle of Scheveningen), oil on canvas, ca. 1660 (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).

Naufraga Reperta: Shipwreck Medals in the 17th Century

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   As long as there have been shipwrecks, there have been attempts to salvage the cargo...
Screen shot from The Medal Maker.

The Medal Maker (Film) : See Laura Gardin Fraser at Work

  * * * Originally produced in 1929 by the Medallic Art Company, The Medal Maker documents the creation of the prestigious Medal of Honor for...
Vintage illustration of 1834 Hard Times Token. "A Plain System, Void of Pomp" refers to a Jacksonian letter.

A Plain System, Void of Pomp : Hard Times Token Inscription

“A Plain System, Void of Pomp” is an inscription found on an 1834-dated Hard Times Token. It satirizes the seventh president Andrew Jackson and...
Padre Junipero Serra 250th Anniversary Medal in Silver. Image: CoinWeek.

Padre Junipero Serra 250th Anniversary Medal (1963) : A Collector’s Guide

Authorized by an Act of Congress and designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro, the Padre Junipero Serra 250th Anniversary Medal was struck...
Aaron White Medal. Image: Stack's Bowers.

Aaron White Calendar Medal : A Collector’s Guide

The Aaron White Calendar Medal is a brass calendar medal issued by Aaron White, a New Boston, Connecticut attorney and "hard money" advocate. The obverse...
1904 World's Fair Collecting.

1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Coins and Medals Struck by the U.S. Mint

By Vic Bozarth for PCGS ......   In part four of this series, we arrive at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, for which...
United States Marine Corps Bronze Medal. Image: U.S. Mint / CoinWeek.

U.S. Marines Bronze Medal on Sale December 14

The U.S. Marines Bronze Medal, part of the Armed Forces Medals Program, will be available for direct purchase from the United States Mint starting...
1901 Pan-American Exposition Medals and Tokens.

1901 Pan-American Exposition Medals From the U.S. Mint

By Vic Bozarth for PCGS ......   This entry in my series of articles about the World’s Fair expositions held between 1876 and 1926 details the...
Solomon Caralho Medal.

Jewish-American Hall of Fame Issues Solomon Carvalho Medals

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has announced that its newest medal (the 54th in its series) commemorates the life, legacy, and achievements of artist,...
An 1876 Nevada So-Called Dollar struck for the 1876 U.S. World’s Fair in Philadelphia. Courtesy of PCGS TrueView.

1876 Centennial Exposition Medals Struck by the U.S. Mint

By Vic Bozarth for PCGS ...... Regardless of what you like to collect, knowing the particulars about your collectibles is often beneficial in terms of...
U.S. Grant Silver Presidential Medal. Image: U.S. Mint / CoinWeek.

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Silver Medal Available Oct. 2

The United States Mint Presidential Silver Medal featuring 18th president Ulysses S. Grant (in office 1869-77) will be available at noon Eastern on October...
American Numismatic Society's Paul Revere Medal.

The ANS’s Paul Revere Medal

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ...... From the late 19th into the early 20th century, the American Numismatic Society (ANS) had a...
2023 United States Marines Silver Medal. Image: U.S. Mint / CoinWeek.

U.S. Marines 1oz Silver Medal Available September 11

The United States Mint will open sales for the U.S. Marines One Ounce Silver Medal on September 11 at noon EDT. The medal is...
PCGS World's Columbian Exposition Elongated Coin. Image: PCGS.

PCGS Unveils Grading of Classic Elongated Coins

Professional Coin Grading Service expands elongated coin grading to include pieces cataloged in seminal subject-area book   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced it will...
1874 United States Assay Medal; Assay Commission Medals – Insights Into the 1874 Issue

Assay Commission Medals – Insights Into the 1874 Issue

By Roger W. Burdette, special to CoinWeek .....   The Mint Act of 1792 established the United States Assay Commission to test and verify weight and...

The 1920 Wilson Dollar: A Counterfeited Rarity

An elusive Wilson Dollar medal represents a challenge for collectors of higher grades   The Wilson Dollar by Numismatic Guaranty Company ...... The Wilson dollar was struck...

Andrew Johnson Presidential Silver Medal Available August 14

The Andrew Johnson Presidential Silver Medal will be available for purchase directly from the United States Mint on August 14 at noon EDT. Johnson...
2023 United States Navy Bronze Medal. Image: CoinWeek.

U.S. Navy Bronze Medal Avail. From United States Mint August 8

The United States Mint will open sales for the U.S. Navy Bronze Medal on Tuesday, August 8 at noon EDT. This is the bronze...
United States Navy Medal. Image: United States Mint.

U.S. Navy One Ounce Silver Medal Available July 17

The United States Mint will open sales for the U.S. Navy One Ounce Silver Medal on July 17 at noon EDT. The medal is...
United States Mint Employee Allegiance Medal.

The United States Mint Employee Allegiance Medal

By Roger W. Burdette, special to CoinWeek .....   On September 2, 1861, officers and workmen/women of the various facilities of the United States Mint took...
The Curious Case of the Mystery Mule Tokens

The Curious Case of the Mystery Mule Tokens

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ...... With a collection as large as the American Numismatic Society’s, those of us who work with...
Coast Guard Bronze Medal. Image: United States Mint.

Coast Guard Bronze Medal Avail. From United States Mint May 11

The United States Mint will open sales for the U.S. Coast Guard 1.5-inch Bronze Medal on May 11 at noon EDT. This is the...
Abraham Lincoln Silver Medal. Image: United States Mint.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Silver Medal Available May 1

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Silver Medal will be available for purchase directly from the United States Mint on May 1 at noon EDT. Lincoln...

New Book on So-Called Dollars From US Expos Now Available

So-Called Dollars by Jeff Shevlin - So-CalledDollar.com ......   A new standard reference book for So-Called Dollars, which are a type of historical U.S. medal, has...

PCGS Now Certifying and Grading Franklin Mint Medals

By Jay Turner for PCGS ...... The Franklin Mint, founded in 1964 by the late Joseph H. Segel and named after founding father Benjamin Franklin,...

The John S. White Medal and the Rise and Fall of Berkeley School for...

By Jesse Kraft for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ...... Medals help tell a story, but they rarely tell the entire story. The medallic arts are...
Jewish-American Hall of Fame Commemorates Israel's 75th Anniversary of Independence with David Ben-Gurion Medal.

Jewish-American Hall of Fame Commemorates Israel Independence on Medal

No More Than 75 Impressive Medals Will be Made Commemorating Israel’s 75th Anniversary of Independence Featuring a Remarkable Portrait of “The Father of Modern...
US Mint Releases U.S. Army 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal March 6

US Mint Releases U.S. Army 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal March 6

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2.5 ounce Armed Forces Silver Medal honoring the U.S. Army beginning on March 6 at...