|Here is a very impressive octagonal example of the Souvenir Coin of Admission from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. This piece is listed as HK-306 in the Hibler-Kappen reference on So-Called Dollars which also indicates that it is of brass composition. This 1904 HK-306 medal has been graded MS65DPL by NGC and is encapsulated in a newer-style edge-view holder. These souvenir coins were also individually numbered on the reverse; this coin is number 28213. Although the reference books state the HK-306 so-called dollars are made of brass, this example certainly appears to be gold plated. The coin is a beautiful bright gold color that is quite lustrous and very impressive in hand. The fields are deeply mirrored and the devices are frosty. A few light marks show on the high points of the piece and a few scuffs and light scratches show in the prooflike fields. None of those issues is overly distracting nor do they take away from the amazing eye appeal of this medal. Only two (2) examples of the HK-306 have graded higher at NGC in MS66DPL, but I cannot imagine them being significantly nicer than the piece offered here. An amazing specimen of the souvenir coin of admission from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair that is likely one of the finest known survivors.
Because of the difficulty in capturing the overall look of the coin in a single image, I have also included a short high-definition video of the coin towards the bottom of this listing in an attempt to give you a better idea of what this coin will look like in hand. Please note that you may need to adjust the video quality to 1080p and may need to increase the size of the video to full screen in order to see the coin in maximum detail.