Rutherford B. Hayes Token

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  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Another nice token that I recently picked up. The 19th President of the United States. He was inaugurated on March 5, 1877.
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  3. yakpoo

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  4. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    This small medal or "medalet" is part of the "United States Mint Medals of the Presidents" set. They are reduced sized copies of the large presidential medals that have been issued since the 19th century. The diameter is 33 mm. The full sized medals were 3 inches in diameter.

    The mint sold the entire set of these medals in the 1980s. The marked holes in my album end with Ronald Reagan. Since then the mint has offered the subsequent presidents, with the Trump pieces unveiled recently. Most of the earlier presidential medals cannot be acquired from the mint now.

    Here is the front of the album and one of the pages.

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  5. cpm9ball

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    The Mint continued to sell these sets into the 21st century. I bought the complete set (through Clinton) about 2005, but the smaller medals are listed as 1-5/16". - Edited -
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  6. yakpoo

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    That's what I was thinking...I have a number of these, too (large and small), but never completed the set...Congrats! I think time will show that edited
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  7. cpm9ball

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    Nope, not me! edited
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  8. johnmilton

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    Here is an 1876 presidential election medalet from the Hays campaign. This piece is scarce. The country was sill feeling the effects of the Panic of 1873 and the economy was weak. Hays' running mate, William Wheeler, is on the reverse.

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  9. 2x2 $averKrazy

    2x2 $averKrazy Hopelessly coined in

    Man those are really nice looking , I like,em alot
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  10. johnmilton

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    Some are nicer than others. The mint didn't pay attention to die wear when they were making these pieces, and they were not careful when the handled them after striking. Marks and weak spots in the designs are not unusual.

    Here is a late 19th century 3 inch medal with the mahogany finish for Benjamin Harrison. These 19th century strikes are really beautiful, and I have thought about putting together a set of them. The trouble is only a few dealers and auction houses handle them, and the prices have gone up in recent years.

    I should also add that the mintages for the 19th century mahogany often fall below 200 pieces. The modern "yellow bronze" medals are more common and not nearly as nice.

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    Here is the small sized version.

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  11. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    No completionist would have any gaps!
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  12. cpm9ball

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    We often hear it said on these forums that one should collect any way that they wish. So, this is my wish.
  13. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    As much as I loathe certain politicians from the past and present (you can figure out who I'm referring to yourself), I cannot leave an album slot unfilled, especially if it's a common piece.
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  14. johnmilton

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    I have a collection of inaugural medals that runs from 1892 to 1964. After that it gets spotty. There are some presidents, Democrat and Republican, I don’t want. Therefore they are not in the collection and probably will never get there.
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  15. Rushmore

    Rushmore Coin Addict

    I have the Lincoln one. I bought the FDR one just the other day waiting for it to ship. I also have a Bobby Kennedy medal.
  16. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    edited George Washington was right.
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  18. Collecting Nut

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    It's original and I do have a complete set of the Presidental medals as well.
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  19. cpm9ball

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    I already have that figured out. One of the other 1-5/16" bronze medals that I have is the White House. - Edited -
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  20. yakpoo

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    Please keep politics out of the discussion. @desertgem
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  21. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I fail to understand how a person can call themselves a collector and then be selective in what to add to that collection just because of how they fell about someone. If you don't collect every coin, medal or whatever that goes with that series, it's incomplete as a collect goes.
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