United States Assay Commission medals are a popular collectible and
mementos of a tradition that spanned from 1797 to 1977. The Assay
Commission’s role was to provide a check on the purity of gold and
silver coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint and the participants in
later years included many of the top numismatists of the day. The
commission was eliminated as a cost-cutting measure by President
Carter in 1976, but the medals remain to document the commission and
often serve as beautiful examples of medallic art.
Here is one of three Assay Commission medals we're profiling in this
week's Market Analysis:
1967 Assay Commission medal, Mint State 66
1977 marked the final year that Assay Commission medals were
produced, and in 1980 the commission was disbanded. In its final
decades, the duties of the commission were considered redundant, since
other federal entities were responsible for assaying U.S. coinage.
The obverse of the 1967 Assay Commission medal by Frank Gasparro
depicts Mint Director Eva Adams with a mining scene in the background.
Michael Iacocca’s reverse depicts the fourth U.S. Mint, which was
under construction in Philadelphia at the time. This bronze medal,
graded MS-66 by NGC, sold for $1,821.25.
Former members formed the Old Time Assay Commissioners Society,
which would produce medals of its own. The group had its final meeting
in 2012 in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s
convention in Philadelphia.
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