are my National Bicentennial Medals Gold?

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Georgia, USA

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Sep 3, 2001, 12:31:29 AM9/3/01
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Hello, I have several 1976 encapsulated gold looking coins 1-1/2" diameter
in leather case. Has the Great Seal saying American Revolution Bicentennial
and Statue of Liberty with 1776, 1976 reverse. The little pamphlet included
states that some of these are solid Gold, while some are 1-1/2"
gold-plated...to be sold for scholarships called Bicentennial Fellows.

I have several encapsulated 1975 similar in plastic *flip* case but with
Paul Revere and Lexington on reverse.

How do I determine if solid gold or plated....and Value?:?

Thank you, ~Mark W. burnedonc...@hotmail.com


RayEndo

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Sep 3, 2001, 12:48:15 AM9/3/01
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>"Georgia, USA"

The US Mint made these medals to look like gold. They aren't gold. I purchased
these medals from the US Mint back in 1975 and 1976.


DONDI3

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Sep 3, 2001, 10:48:47 AM9/3/01
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In article <20010903004815...@mb-co.aol.com>,
ray...@aol.comnoemail (RayEndo) writes:

> The little pamphlet included
>>states that some of these are solid Gold,

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>The US Mint made these medals to look like gold. They aren't gold. I
>purchased
>these medals from the US Mint back in 1975 and 1976.

Since there are laws in place that make it a crime to claim an item is solid
gold if it isn't, I'd guess that, at least the ones that claim to be solid
gold, probably are. While I'm not real real certain we're talking about the
same medallions, I do remember selling many U.S. Mint produced bicentenial
medallions for scrap gold to refineries back in the 80s. There may have been
gold plated ones produced as well, or someone may have switched "those little
pamphlets" on you, if gold plated ones WERE produced...I seem to recall a lot
of debate about whether some of mine were gold, too, at the time, but the gold
buyers always purchased them and never had a problem with any I offered.

As for there not being any indication of whether they're gold or not on the
medallion, remember that the first "post office gold", of the Arts Medallion
had no gold content or weight stamped on them, either.

I'd certainly consult an expert before disposing of them at less than gold melt
value.

dondi3

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John Baumgart

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Sep 3, 2001, 10:49:02 PM9/3/01
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Georgia, USA <burnedonc...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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Chances are they're gold plated and only worth a couple dollars. Compare
the weight to a copper-nickel coin of the same size. I think the half
dollar is close. If it is gold, you should be able to tell the difference
just by feeling them, as the gold coin will be much heavier than the
copper-nickel coin.

John Baumgart


Georgia, USA

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Sep 4, 2001, 1:54:09 AM9/4/01
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They are incapsulated, so I'd rather not bust into them just yet. I have
many St.Gaudens, but no $10 gold to compare. These seem smaller than the
$20.gold coin, at least smaller than the Ike. Guess I'll need to see one
of those Mall store guys.

Thank you anyway.
~Mark W.


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Fred A. Murphy

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Sep 4, 2001, 6:47:43 PM9/4/01
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On 3-Sep-2001, "John Baumgart" <baumgart.at.c...@bogus.domain>
wrote:

> > while some are 1-1/2"
> > gold-plated...to be sold for scholarships called Bicentennial Fellows.
> >
> > I have several encapsulated 1975 similar in plastic *flip* case but
> > with
> > Paul Revere and Lexington on reverse.
> >
> > How do I determine if solid gold or plated....and Value?:?
>
> Chances are they're gold plated and only worth a couple dollars. Compare
> the weight to a copper-nickel coin of the same size. I think the half
> dollar is close. If it is gold, you should be able to tell the difference
> just by feeling them, as the gold coin will be much heavier than the
> copper-nickel coin.

For the record, 1.5" is real close to a silver dollar. Many years ago, the
standard for a "cowboy cut" steak was that you could cut a slot in it, and
the steak was (better be) as thick as the coin was wide.

Oddly enough, a Babyback Buck or SBA is almost exactly 1", for those with
lighter appetites. :^)

--

"If life gives you a lemon, pull out a gun and start shooting."

Fred A. Murphy

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Sep 4, 2001, 6:51:13 PM9/4/01
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On 4-Sep-2001, "Georgia, USA" <burnedonc...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> They are incapsulated, so I'd rather not bust into them just yet. I have
> many St.Gaudens, but no $10 gold to compare. These seem smaller than the
> $20.gold coin, at least smaller than the Ike. Guess I'll need to see one
> of those Mall store guys.

$10 gold are almost exactly the size of SBA or Brass Bucks, and in fact $10
gold jewelry will fit most of them just fine. The gold, at 16.7g are a hair
over double the weight of the dollar, at 8.1g.

Fred A. Murphy

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Sep 7, 2001, 2:25:50 AM9/7/01
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On 3-Sep-2001, "Georgia, USA" <burnedonc...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> The little pamphlet included
> states that some of these are solid Gold, while some are 1-1/2"
> gold-plated...to be sold for scholarships called Bicentennial Fellows.
>
> I have several encapsulated 1975 similar in plastic *flip* case but with
> Paul Revere and Lexington on reverse.
>
> How do I determine if solid gold or plated....and Value?:?

IIRC, the solid gold ones were closer to the size of a quarter. In any
event, a solid gold one would weigh about twice as much as a gold plated
one of the same size.

jdpi...@gmail.com

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I HAVE A COIN THAT HAS LADY LIBERTY ON ONE SIDE AND ON BACK IS AMERICAN SEAL WITH"AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WARAND WE THE PEOPLE ON IT. Oops didn't realize all caps on....Have you seen one of these? #carolcoins #lostin coinage
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