|The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition was a World’s Fair held in Omaha, Nebraska in 1898. Official medals for the Exposition were struck by the United States Mint at the Exposition in various metal compositions. This example of the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Official Medal was struck in brass and is listed as HK-283 in the Hibler-Kappen reference on So-Called Dollars. This 1898 HK-283 medal has been certified as genuine with UNC Details by NGC and is encapsulated in a newer-style edge-view holder. The piece is clearly uncirculated and has the look of a very high grade specimen with amazing luster, minimal marks and strong prooflike fields. Gilt versions of the HK-283 medal are also known and it appears this example may be one of those given the bright golden color. Unfortunately, the right obverse fields do show some hairlines that are indicative of a past cleaning and prevented the assignment of a numerical grade by NGC. The design of the Native American riding on horseback hunting a buffalo is well-detailed and very impressive. Overall, this popular so-called dollar has tremendous overall eye appeal and is a relative bargain given the minor issues.