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    1925 Norse-American Brass Pattern, MS64
    Oversize Round Planchet
    Possibly the First Norse Medal Struck

    1925 Norse Medal -- Oversize Brass Pattern -- MS64 NGC. 89.2% CU, 10.5% ZN. 17.3 grams. Approximately 38 mm. in diameter. At the January 2009 FUN auction, we offered a brass pattern of the Norse-American medal, produced on a standard octagonal blank. That brass pattern, along with a copper die trial and a uniface silver die trial, were the only known preliminary trials preceding the regular medallic issue of the Norse-American pieces. The present piece is new to the numismatic community, and we believe that it was the first Norse trial piece. We examined the probable chronology of Norse-American medals in our 2009 catalog, and offer the following revision:
    Early in 1925, the initial trials, such as the present piece, were struck on oversize round planchets. A round planchet was far easier to manipulate during the striking process than an octagonal planchet, and was the logical choice within the Mint prior to Congressional approval of the Norse-American commemorative program. Following approval, eight-sided pieces (such as the piece in our 2009 FUN sale) were minted to test the dies and coinage procedures. Once all was ready, the thin planchet silver pieces were struck on May 21-23. Thick planchet pieces were struck in late May and June, along with the smaller size gold medals and the large size silver-plated medals. This sharply defined piece has satin luster with olive-brown surfaces that exhibit glimpses of original red-gold color with hints of pale blue overtones.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    18th-21st Thursday-Sunday
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