USA OREGON nickel medal (1970s)


USA, OREGON, medal, no date (1970s), Obverse: spread eagle, Reverse: logo: H over triangle between branches on exergue, Edge: unfinished and rough, nickel, 45mm, 38.83g, AU

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The story is that there was a guy who worked at the nickel foundry who gathered up some of the splatter that was lying around and cast a series of crude medals. Did he piggyback on the day’s output? Did he stay late? Interesting what people do to amuse themselves.

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.