USA, medal, Bicentennial of Albany, NY, 1886


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NEW YORK, medal, 1886, Obverse: 3 people at document signing, PETER SCHUYLER RECEIVING THE CHARTER FROM GOVERNOR DONGAN JULY 22, 1686, Reverse: arms, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CITY OF ALBANY N.Y. 1886 G.M. LOVETT N.Y., gilt white metal, 50mm, small gash, tiny pit, XF

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Medals of civic commemoration were popular in 19th century America.

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.