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  1. #1
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    Aug 2010
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    1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    I found this today at a flea market for $30. How did I do? I would love to know more about this medal/token. The back says "To C. Emmerich & Co.". Im guessing this was an award medal?


  2. #2
    us
    Aug 2010
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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    Sorry for the delayed picture but my internet was being a pain.

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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    Look at Lot 97 here, a replica--what is the diameter of yours?
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

  4. #4
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    Aug 2010
    13

    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    About 1 1/2 inches.

  5. #5
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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    Scroll to #30 here:
    http://www.socalleddollar.com/abWorldsFairs.html

    OR #223 here:http://books.google.com/books?id=15A...h6PgVCRQ3xI&hl
    =en&ei=MkCVTJLSI4mksQP2roW2Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result& ct=result&resnum
    =8&ved=0CCoQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=%22C.%20Emmerich%20 %26%20Co%22&f=false

  6. #6
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    Aug 2010
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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    I only found one like mine on Ebay and the seller started the auction at $200. I sent some pics and information to Heritage Auctions so hopefully they can give me an idea of what its worth and its rarity.

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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    Quote Originally Posted by Collectingstuff
    I found this today at a flea market for $30. How did I do? I would love to know more about this medal/token. The back says "To C. Emmerich & Co.". Im guessing this was an award medal?

    Now that is interesting and talk about "timing",,,,,,

    I found this napkin ring at yesterday's garage sale, and it's from the same Exposition except it is engraved with the date, 1892.... They sold it for $1...
    Here is a link to it and some of the other items sold back then:

    http://www.goantiques.com/detail,chi...an,798303.html
    http://www.goantiques.com/scripts/images,id,798303.html

    "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind."
    Louis Pasteur

  8. #8
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    Aug 2010
    13

    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    A person at heritage auctions said it was worth around $100 or so.

    This is the message I got:

    Thanks for contacting Heritage. There is not a strong market for world's fair collectibles at present. I have seen other examples of your medal, including one presented to the famous globe-trotter Nelly Bly. I think it would have modest value... maybe $100 or so. It is not something we could use.

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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    Hey thats nice. I hope to find some Exposition stuff some day.
    The future of detecting is up you you! Do it right.

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    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    If it had said "Chas. Emmerich & Co" on the back you would have hit the jackpot as it is rarer and more valuable. Chas Emmerich & Co. were one of the largest producers of feather and down goods at the time. Still a good buy and a neat find.

  11. #11
    us
    Sep 2010
    1

    Re: 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Medal

    That looks to be so-called dollar size and the name is appropriate. It is a miniature size of the actual award that was given to Emmerich at the Columbian Expo. About 22,000 awards were given at the expo and companies used there awards in their advertisements. Emmerich had these minis made for their advertisement. It comes in 2 versions, Chas. Emmerich and Emmerich. I have also seen the Kimball company (pianos) have the same medals. I actually have this medal in bronze as issued as well as a trial piece in aluminum.

    In this condition, I'd bet this would sell at most for $50. If you get a couple of crazy bidders that haven't done their homework, you might see more for it. I can understand why Heritage would say $100 or less. Worn and corroded versions are generally available and therefore, don't carry much value. It's the really nice, unworn pieces that can bring a couple hundred bucks.

 

 

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