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Medal: US Andrew Johnson Indian Peace  1865
Medal: US Andrew Johnson Indian Peace 1865

With a frozen date of 1865, these medals were 'struck during the 19th century in very small numbers each year, perhaps in groups of 3 or 4 or even one at a time. The US mint employees striking the medals obviously experimented to create various unusual finishes on these medals. I read one formula that included using sulphur, sawdust and other chemicals in a tumbler to create a specific bronze finish.'

'The medal has an extremely thick edge [... and] was struck using an extremely thick planchet/flan. The thickness of the medal measures 8.4 mm, in part due to the high rims. Still this is much thicker than 20th century strikes of the large US Mint medals which are generally 4.5-5.5 mm.'

The quoted text comes from eBay seller Jennichar and describes a 'largest size' medal with a diameter of 3 inches, or 76 mm. The medal sold for $150 US dollars in december 2015.

Another smaller, but still large type of these medals measures 63 mm in diameter. They are also original 19th century strikes and similarly valuable.

Requester Heather's version is a much smaller, modern token strike by the commercial Franklin Mint. It doesn't have the massive, imposing look of the originals, and the details are much less impressive, having been smushed together to fit on the small flan.

In summary:

ORIGINAL MEDALS STRUCK IN 1865
circulated: $1000 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $3000

A silver version of an original medal sold recently for $30000.

3 INCH MEDALS WITH THICK (~8 mm) RIM
circulated: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $500

2.5 INCH MEDALS WITH THICK (~8 mm) RIM
circulated: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $500

3 INCH MEDALS WITH THIN (~4 mm) RIM
circulated: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $50

1 1/4 INCH MEDALS
circulated: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $1

Coin: 20623 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Heather, Fri, 29-Jan-2016 05:28:45 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 30-Jan-2016 15:50:21 GMT
Requester description: 1865 (FRONT) THE FACE OF ANDREW JOHNSON
(BACK) TWO INDIVIDUALS SHAKING HAND IN FRONT OF A STATUE THAT APPEARS TO BE ANDREW JOHNSON. ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS IS HOLDINS IN ITS LEFT ARM A FLAG.
Tags: medal andrew johnson indian peace medallion medals medalion badge medallic medaille medallions two individuals individual shaking hand statue one arm shield flag handshake hands ones arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon people banner pedestal wheel gear person peoples peple persons colours blanket flags colors banners bannered petestal bench platform spokes spoke spoked

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