USA, OREGON, nickel splatter medal (1970s)


USA, OREGON, medal, no date (1970s), Obverse: beaver L, O.T., branches, Reverse: logo: H over triangle over crossed pickaxes, RIDDLE OREGON, Edge: unfinished and rough, nickel, 44mm, 52.44g, AU

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The story is that there was a guy who worked there 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.”