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By: Mike Piper
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16 days ago
Post: 311
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Inscription: Washington District of Columbia Established 1791 - Questions: Identification? Value?

This looks like a proof. It was my father's and I found it while sorting some of his things after he passed away. If he purchased it, then the newest it could be would be is 1981, when we visited Washington DC. My parents never traveled for vacations after that. But, it could be as old as 1960's.

I've searched google, and photo reverse searches trying to find a similar image. No luck. Color-wise, it looks the same as some silver proofs or silver bullion rounds I own, But some proof editions of coins look the same. So I am stumped and hoping someone can help identify this for me.

 
By: Ash Bash
16 days ago
Post: 313
If you couldn't find it through searching, then it probably is just a generic bullion round.

As for value it would be worth the metal it's made on, people seem to think that bullion rounds are collectable and in most cases they are, but they don't hold any premium value over their base value.
 
By: Mike Piper
16 days ago
Post: 314
That's where I'm confused. No where does it say a type and quality of metal (.925 Silver, .9999 Fine Silver, .999 Hold, etc.) So I don't think its a bullion round. But, that IS what it reminds me of.

My best guess is that its a souvenir. But I'm hoping someone might recognize it or be able to point me to a resource that can help. I'd like to know more about it (source, history/origin, metal content, whatever).
 
By: Ash Bash
16 days ago
Post: 317
A good place to start is to have it tested at a Jewellers. If it's not made of silver then it's most likely a souvenir.
 
By: Mike Piper
16 days ago
Post: 318
How do jewelers' test for silver? I've never had it done.
 
By: Ash Bash
15 days ago
Post: 321
I am unsure. There are ways that use certain types of acid that turn a different colour depending on the metal but jewellers probably have a way that doesn't use acid.
 
By: Mike
15 days ago
Post: 336
OK. Just did the drop dead simple magnet test. (Yeah, I should have tested that first.) So, its not silver. But that's not the real issue.

What I'd really like to do is learn more about the history of this. It might not be valuable, but I would like to know where it came from, when it was available for purchase, etc.

If anyone has any ideas, or has some suggestions on where I could look, just let me know
 
By: Mike Piper
9 days ago
Post: 513
Does anyone have any thoughts on the history of this medal.

Its really well done, and even though I doubt its worth much (since its not silver) I'd like to know more about it than just what it looks like and the fact my father bought it sometime.

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