USA PENNSYLVANIA medal 1906

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USA, PENNSYLVANIA, medal, 1906, Obverse: building, IN COMMEMORATION OF THE DEDICATION OF THE NEW CAPITOL OCT. 4, A.D. 1906 OF PENNSYLVANIA AT HARRISBURG, Reverse: building, THEODORE ROOSEVELT PRES. SAMUEL W. PENNYPACKER GOV. EDWARD Z. GROSS MAYOR DEDICATED JAN. 2, 1822 BURNED FEB. 2, 1897, Edge: reeded, hole at top, aluminum, 49mm, 6.69g, XF-AU

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The old Capitol building caught fire during a blizzard, while the legislature was in session. The new building was dedicated in 1906.

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.