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Fine Early Die State 1836 First Steam Coinage Medal

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1836 First Steam Coinage medal. Julian MT-21. Bronze. SP-63 (PCGS). March 23 reverse. A very pretty example of the very first medal ever struck by steam power at the US Mint, coined from dies by Christian Gobrecht. Due to a technical issue, the first reverse Steam Coinage tokens (dated Feb. 22) were struck by hand on the steam press, but the March 23 pieces were actually struck from steam power. This one is struck from a fairly early die state, with no crumbling or cud on the obverse at 6:00. Slight double striking is clear on the obverse but not the reverse. The surfaces show good lustre on chocolate brown surfaces with hints of mint color remaining. Only light evidence of handling is seen. Later specimens are typically struck on a thicker planchet, with bronzed patina, and showing the cud at the base of the obverse. This example, showing none of that, is likely a very early one. PCGS's assignment of "SP" is the grade prefix they now use for nearly all medals, so it's not indicative of some sort of specimen status. Long sought after by coin collectors, particularly large cent enthusiasts, the First Steam Coinage medal is a beautiful and historic relic of the Mint's biggest technological leap forward in the 19th century.

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade SP63
Designation BN
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 30500001

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1836 First Steam Coinage medal. Julian MT-21. Bronze. SP-63 (PCGS). March 23 reverse. A very pretty example of the very first medal ever struck by steam power at the US Mint, coined from dies by Christian Gobrecht. Due to a technical issue, the first reverse Steam Coinage tokens (dated Feb. 22) were struck by hand on the steam press, but the March 23 pieces were actually struck from steam power. This one is struck from a fairly early die state, with no crumbling or cud on the obverse at 6:00. Slight double striking is clear on the obverse but not the reverse. The surfaces show good lustre on chocolate brown surfaces with hints of mint color remaining. Only light evidence of handling is seen. Later specimens are typically struck on a thicker planchet, with bronzed patina, and showing the cud at the base of the obverse. This example, showing none of that, is likely a very early one. PCGS's assignment of "SP" is the grade prefix they now use for nearly all medals, so it's not indicative of some sort of specimen status. Long sought after by coin collectors, particularly large cent enthusiasts, the First Steam Coinage medal is a beautiful and historic relic of the Mint's biggest technological leap forward in the 19th century.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade SP63
Designation BN
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 30500001

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