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    Washington Medallion?

    Got this in a storage locker auction I won.

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    It is the size of a silver dollar.
    It is non-magnetic.
    It weighs 19.25 gms.
    It has a thin gold plating that I believe was deposited by the ENIG (electroless nickel immersion gold) process. The same process used on electronic PCBs, etc.
    The base metal is some copper/nickel alloy.
    The medallion has a date of 1789 - the date of Washington's first election as POTUS.
    It is obviously not made in 1789.


    Has anyone ever seen a commemorative Washington medallion like this? Any history you can share?

    Thanks,
    James

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    Nice find.

    I'm curious....have you/anyone you know ever found anything valuable in one of those lockers?

    To me shows like Storage Wars seems incredibly fake and staged but I was just wondering if you ever come across anything remotely similar to the kind of things they find.

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    I went to a couple and each and every locker had been gone through, even to the extent of ripping apart bags of clothes. At one place the owner even had a little store selling the stuff.

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    Thanks for the replies, everyone!

    Sorry I didn't do a Google search on it. But, the medals shown on the U.S. Mint website don't have a gold finish and this one definitely does.

    I'm going to contact the mint and ask if they ever offered these medals with an ENIG gold surface.

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshopper View Post
    Nice find.

    I'm curious....have you/anyone you know ever found anything valuable in one of those lockers?

    To me shows like Storage Wars seems incredibly fake and staged but I was just wondering if you ever come across anything remotely similar to the kind of things they find.
    This was my first auction and it definitely was a winner for me.

    I got the 10' x 20' locker for $5.00! It was full of old electronics, laptops, towers, PCB boards, etc. Still sorting through the stash . . .

    I do PM recovery and refining from eWaste and this locker doubled my inventory of recyclables.

    James

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