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1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition award medal. Silver, 54 mm. By Stief, Nashville. Gem Mint State

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1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition award medal. Silver, 54 mm. By Stief, Nashville. Gem Mint State

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Edge marked STERLING with rampant lion, anchor, and Gothic G. With original silk-lined leather box, stamped inside lid in gilt B.H. STIEF / Jewelry Co. / Nashville, Tenn. Beautiful pastel blue swirls over medium silver-gray surfaces, highly lustrous and with a distinctive surface finish. The central reverse shows blushes of gold and violet. The box is somewhat split and damaged on the lid, otherwise intact. Though unengraved, it is likely this piece was awarded, but engraving was left to the recipient to handle themselves; such was de rigeur for many prize medals of this era. Clearly a rare medal, the ANS holdings include only a bronze specimen, despite the fact that they actively sought out medals like this when new. The obverse depicts the Parthenon, which was rebuilt in Nashville (aka "The Athens of the South") for the exposition. The US Mint had a booth set up and produced a popularly collected so-called dollar at the event. This is far rarer, though admittedly less well known.

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SKU or Cert # 0000101

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Edge marked STERLING with rampant lion, anchor, and Gothic G. With original silk-lined leather box, stamped inside lid in gilt B.H. STIEF / Jewelry Co. / Nashville, Tenn. Beautiful pastel blue swirls over medium silver-gray surfaces, highly lustrous and with a distinctive surface finish. The central reverse shows blushes of gold and violet. The box is somewhat split and damaged on the lid, otherwise intact. Though unengraved, it is likely this piece was awarded, but engraving was left to the recipient to handle themselves; such was de rigeur for many prize medals of this era. Clearly a rare medal, the ANS holdings include only a bronze specimen, despite the fact that they actively sought out medals like this when new. The obverse depicts the Parthenon, which was rebuilt in Nashville (aka "The Athens of the South") for the exposition. The US Mint had a booth set up and produced a popularly collected so-called dollar at the event. This is far rarer, though admittedly less well known.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 0000101

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