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1920 Wilson Dollar Manila Mint Silver HK-449 PCGS AU58 SOLD
1920 Wilson Dollar Manila Mint Silver HK-449 PCGS AU58
In 1920 an official medal was struck at the newly opened branch mint of the United States in Manila, Philippines. The medals commemorated the opening of the first branch mint outside of the continental United States. The obverse has a well-done portrait of President Woodrow Wilson and accordingly these medals are often called "Wilson Dollars." The reverse is beautiful with a representation of Justice overwatching a nude youth who is operating a coning press. The amazing design was executed by George Morgan who designed the popular Morgan Dollars. The Hibler-Kappen book on So-Called Dollars mentions that the Wilson Dollars were produced in three metals; Silver (HK-449), Bronze (HK-450) and Gilt (HK-1031). Only 2,200 of these medals were struck in silver and some of them were part of the group of silver coin intentionally damaged by the Mint by throwing them into Manila Bay to avoid seizure by the Japanese during World War II. This example of the 1920 Wilson Dollar in Silver listed as HK-449 in the Hibler-Kappen book on So-Called Dollars has been graded AU58 by PCGS and is encapsulated in a Secure Plus edge-view holder. The medal has superb eye appeal and is one of the best looking examples of the piece I have seen. The obverse is beautifully toned with golden and red with a touch of bright blue and purple near the rims. The reverse is bright white and very lustrous. Just a touch of wear on the high points and some light circulation marks scattered about limit the grade to AU58. A very light scratch on Wilson's cheek is also noted, but is well-hidden in the eye appealing toning. Undoubtedly, one of the nicest circulated examples of the Wilson Dollar that has survived.
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