USA silver Pony Express medal 1960


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, medal, 1960, Obverse: rider galloping R, PONY EXPRESS CENTENNIAL 1960, Reverse: saddle, SACRAMENTO – ST. LOUIS 1966 MI. 10 DAYS, .925 silver, 30mm, 2mm thick, 16.7g, 0.4967 ozT. by Heraldic Art Company, with original envelope, Unc

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The Heraldic Art Company was a competitor with the larger Medallic Art Company. Medals were a business from the mid-19th century until the 1990s. Now not so much. These medals were basically half dollars. You could make them for about $1.00, sell them for $2.00.

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.