Arizona’s Phoenix Coin Club is issuing commemorative medals in honor of the state’s 100th anniversary.
Three different versions of the medal have been struck: a Proof 1-ounce .999 fine silver medal, a Proof 1-ounce .999 fine copper medal and a 1-ounce .999 fine “antiqued” copper medal.
The medals were authorized and designed by the Phoenix Coin Club and the private Arizona Territorial Mint. They were struck on vintage U.S. Mint coining presses in Arizona by the Arizona Territorial Mint, according to the coin club. Initial trial medals were made with an 1861 screw press and the rest of the pieces on an 1898, 500-pound drop hammer press.
The copper medals were struck from copper mined in Arizona, according to the club.
The shared obverse design of the medals features the mythical Phoenix rising above the flames from behind adobe buildings in old Phoenix, which is the scenic logo of the Phoenix Coin Club. The legend PHOENIX COIN CLUB is arched over the top and the legend EST. 1944 PHOENIX, ARIZONA curves under the design.
The medals’ shared reverse design commemorates the 100th anniversary of the state of Arizona. In relief, in the center of the reverse, a design taken from the middle of the Arizona state flag, with its central star and thirteen stripes radiating upward from the star, is bounded by an outline of the state.
Also on the reverse, the year 1912 appears on the left of the state and 2012 is on the right side defining the 100 years. Below the state border, the inscription reads FEBRUARY, 14TH — 48TH STATE referring to the date in 1912 that Arizona became the 48th state in the United States of America. The legend ARIZONA borders the field above the state outline, and CENTENNIAL borders the field below.
Individual silver and copper medals remain available for purchase, either by mail or at the Phoenix Coin Club show, scheduled for Oct. 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Scottsdale Elks Lodge, 6398 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Twenty-five serial-numbered single Proof silver medals remain available out of 100 minted. They will cost $41 each at the show or $45 via United States Postal Service.
A total of 155 Proof Arizona copper medals were minted. Eighty Proof Arizona copper medals remain available at $9 each at the show or $13 via USPS.
The individual antiqued copper medals are sold out.
Seventy-five serial-numbered three-medal sets were produced, each containing an example of the silver, copper and antiqued copper medals. The sets will be offered for $56 at the club’s Oct. 28 show or $63 via USPS priority mail.
Orders for the medals should be sent by mail to Phoenix Coin Club, P.O. Box 3406, Phoenix, AZ 85030-3406.
The owner of the Arizona Territorial Mint, Don Crowder, will be at the show with a live demonstration of a vintage U.S. Mint coining press every half hour. Attendees will have an opportunity to see how the Phoenix Coin Club medals were made, along with many others Crowder has produced. He will have other medals on display and for sale. ■