USA MISSOURI St. Louis Expo nickel medal 1904

$35.00

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, MISSOURI, medal, 1904, Obverse: bust R, MALLEABLE NICKEL FIRST PRODUCED IN 1865 BY JOSEPH WHARTON, S.D. L.L.D., Reverse: AMERICAN MALLEABLE NICKEL INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY 1904 ST. LOUIS EXPOSITION, nickel, 34mm, edge bumps, VF

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The turn of the 20th century was something of a golden age of commemorative souvenir medals.

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.