USA pure nickel medal 1933 for Nellie Ross first female Governor of Wyoming and first female mint director


USA, medal, 1933, Philadelphia Mint, Obverse: head R, NELLIE TAYLOE ROSS DIRECTOR OF THE MINT OF THE UNITED STATES 1933 J.R. SINNOCK F. AD. VNVM, Reverse: Mrs. Ross seated L on bench before table on which scales and coins, small stamping machine behind, Treasury shield above, MELTING REFINING COINING ASSAYING ENGRAVING, Edge: plain, pure nickel, 70mm, 202.8g, an uncommon but cheap medal in bronze, supposedly 8 were struck in nickel in 1938 for presentation, this one had not been in the market since 1976, on 26/3/2023 there is one on ebay asking $1125.00, this one in the original leatherette case, Unc

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Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first female Governor of Wyoming, 1927 to 1927, and Director of the Mint from 1933 to 1953.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending 3. other things that we are interested in.