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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 4, January 27, 2008, Article 17

ON THE RARITY OF THE ADAMS ACADEMY MINT MEDAL

Alan V. Weinberg writes: "The Adams Academy medal bought
by jonathanb is .900 fine gold as are all gold medals
struck at the U.S. Mint. This fact was not mentioned in
the Coin World coverage of the eBay find and so most readers
may have assumed the medal was 14kt or less as are the vast
majority of gold school medals.

"As to the medal's rarity: In 50 yrs of collecting medals,
I've never seen another Adams Academy medal, and it is not
represented in the John Sallay  collection of American school
and academic awards. John Sallay (of Weston, Mass) has been
the #1 collector and researcher/author on American school
medals ever since he was a Harvard student many decades ago.
I've known him since then. John was not aware of the eBay
sale and was beside himself for missing it. I can say that
had John been aware of the medal's eBay sale, it would not
have gone to anyone else, plain and simple."

 ADAMS ACADEMY U.S. MINT MEDAL DISCOVERY
 esylum_v11n03a13.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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