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1876 U.S. Centennial Silver Medal HK-20 NGC UNC Details SOLD
1876 U.S. Centennial Silver Medal HK-20 NGC UNC Details
1876 was the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America. A great Centennial Exposition to celebrate the occasion was held in Philadelphia that year. The official medals of the Centennial Exposition were designed by William Barber and struck at the US Mint Exhibit on the fairgrounds in various metallic compositions. The version of the official medal offered here was struck in silver and was originally sold for $3.00 at the fair in 1876. The Hibler-Kappen book on So-Called Dollars reports that 10,133 of the 1876 Centennial Exposition Official Medals were made in silver. This example of the 1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition Official Silver Medal is listed as HK-20 in the Hibler-Kappen book on So-Called Dollars and has been certified as genuine with Uncirculated Details by NGC and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. Despite the cleaning mentioned on the NGC label, which is relatively minor with some light hairlines in the prooflike fields only noticeable when tilted at specific angles, the medal has really nice overall eye appeal. The piece is deeply toned on both sides in a deep blue-green color with a few small touches of other brighter colors present. I have included alternate photos of the medal tilted into bright light to better show off the color. As mentioned, the fields of the medal are very reflective and the obverse devices in particular even exhibit some light cameo frost. A very pleasing uncirculated example of the silver Centennial Exposition medal.
 
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