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1873 Biennial Anniversary of the Chicago Fire / Inter-State Industrial Exposition medal. White metal, 51 mm. Obverse of Julian CM-13. Crude About Uncirculated.

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1873 Biennial Anniversary of the Chicago Fire / Inter-State Industrial Exposition medal. White metal, 51 mm. Obverse of Julian CM-13. Crude About Uncirculated.

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1873 Biennial Anniversary of the Chicago Fire / Inter-State Industrial Exposition medal. White metal, 51 mm. Obverse of Julian CM-13. Crude About Uncirculated. In 1873, the rebuilding of Chicago was complete, and the Inter-State Industrial Exposition was conceived to show it off. In 1872, the US Mint had struck a relic medal from dies by William Barber, produced from the melted down courthouse bell. The obverse, depicting a winged Victory above the ruins of the courthouse, somehow made its way outside of the Philadelphia Mint to the Inter-State Exposition, where this medal was produced from a different non Mint reverse die: MADE AT THE INTER-STATE INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION OF CHICAGO, OCT 1873 / CHICAGO REBUILT, POP. 400,000 / IN 1823 POP. 50 / DEDICATED IN GRATITUDE TO THE WORLD. I've seen a couple of these, and they're always crudely struck, usually a bit doubled, and all have shown significant handling. The ANS has one struck in bronze, but I think most were struck on a drop-hammer or something similar in this white metal composition. The toning is dark gray with bright gold and pastel blue, high grade if bluntly struck, with a few minor marks on the raised rims. There were 500 examples of the 1872 relic medal struck, and this seems far rarer. This should probably be listed in Julian -- if Comitia Americana medals struck in Paris can be listed in there, so should medals struck in Chicago from a US Mint made and listed die. So it goes.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013038

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1873 Biennial Anniversary of the Chicago Fire / Inter-State Industrial Exposition medal. White metal, 51 mm. Obverse of Julian CM-13. Crude About Uncirculated. In 1873, the rebuilding of Chicago was complete, and the Inter-State Industrial Exposition was conceived to show it off. In 1872, the US Mint had struck a relic medal from dies by William Barber, produced from the melted down courthouse bell. The obverse, depicting a winged Victory above the ruins of the courthouse, somehow made its way outside of the Philadelphia Mint to the Inter-State Exposition, where this medal was produced from a different non Mint reverse die: MADE AT THE INTER-STATE INDUSTRIAL EXPOSITION OF CHICAGO, OCT 1873 / CHICAGO REBUILT, POP. 400,000 / IN 1823 POP. 50 / DEDICATED IN GRATITUDE TO THE WORLD. I've seen a couple of these, and they're always crudely struck, usually a bit doubled, and all have shown significant handling. The ANS has one struck in bronze, but I think most were struck on a drop-hammer or something similar in this white metal composition. The toning is dark gray with bright gold and pastel blue, high grade if bluntly struck, with a few minor marks on the raised rims. There were 500 examples of the 1872 relic medal struck, and this seems far rarer. This should probably be listed in Julian -- if Comitia Americana medals struck in Paris can be listed in there, so should medals struck in Chicago from a US Mint made and listed die. So it goes.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013038

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