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The E-Sylum: Volume 21, Number 1, January 7, 2018, Article 10


Query: 1893 Columbian Exhibition Medal Winners Sought

1893 World's Columbian Exposition Medal DUNKELD ESTATE

Geoff Bell writes:

Could any of our readers tell me where I can locate a list of people/businesses/others who were awarded medals at the 1893 Columbian exhibition? Thank you.

Well, I know there were a number of books written by and about the Expo, and I have seen coffee-table size works that are quite elaborate. Some of these, if they were published afterwards, may contain rosters of medal winners. I would check Google Books, Internet Archive ( and Hathi Trust (

Can anyone suggest a particular title or report that might include this information? Another source would be contemporary newspapers - no doubt there were daily accounts of the announced winners, but of course it would be easier if there were a post-event report listing them all together.

Above is an image of a large bronze Columbian Exposition medal by Augustus Saint Gaudens (obverse) and Charles Barber (reverse). -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
COINS, MEDALS AND TOKENS: JANUARY 8, 2017 : 1893 World's Columbian Exposition Medal: DUNKELD ESTATE (

On Naming Pattern Coin Designs

Saul Teichman submittted these notes on pattern coin names. Thanks! -Editor

School Girl pattern obverse With regard to the Schoolgirl dollar, the following is what I placed years ago on the website.

The "Schoolgirl" dollar considered to be one of the most beautiful designs ever. The schoolgirl name dates back to the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp sale auction of the F.W. Doughty collection and was apparently given by David Proskey. This is noted by Edgar Adams on page 367 of the October 1911 edition of The Numismatist.

Regarding the Doughty coin, it was purchased by Clay (H.P. Smith) and is apparently the piece sold in the 1906 Chapman brothers sale of his collection and was purchased there by John Story Jenks. From there it was purchased by J. H. Clapp according to a named copy of the Jenks sale which was offered in a Kolbe book auction over a decade ago. From there it went to Eliasberg and was sold in the Bowers & Merena sale.

As for the other “named” patterns, the Doughty sale was the first to use the term Amazonian for the 1872 silver patterns and Wash-lady for the 1879 silver patterns.

It is believed that Proskey is the source for all of these “names”.

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To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Model Crowns and Model Coinage
David Powell writes:

Victoria Model Crown obverse I believe that "Model Crowns", and other designated "Model Coinage", are essentially toy money, typically British and from the mid-late 19th century, sometimes combined with a hint of what a revised coinage might look like. From the late 1840s onwards Britain was contemplating both (i) revising the format of its low-value coinage and (ii) going decimal.

The replacement of the British copper coinage by bronze in 1860 is well known, but for 15 years before various people, some of them interested in going decimal at the same time, were pumping their ideas out. Model coins, doubling up as children's toy money, were part of the publicity for this and, the idea of toy money as a children's plaything having been established, continued with various imaginative designs long after the original decisions regarding the main issues had been made.

Pieces of this type, not all of which incorporate the word "Model", are mostly quite common and appear fairly regularly on eBay. They are mostly small or very small, a few of them down to about 7mm diameter, which explains why the word is often omitted, except on the larger values. The reputed denominations cover the whole normal range and beyond, descending as far as a sixteenth of a farthing.

Thank you! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: DECEMBER 31, 2017 : Victoria Model Crown (

More on Dealer Ken Nichols
Regarding coin dealer Ken Nichols, an E-Sylum reader writes:

I’ve always wondered who Ken Nichols was, and now I know the rest of the story. I attended college in Southern California, 1963-1967. I can’t remember how I was aware of Ken Nichols - perhaps an ad. I bought from him an 1875-S trade dollar for $65.00. That was a lot of money for a college student! He described it along the lines “as nice as I have seen” or something like that. It was later slabbed...MS65. Along came the boom in silver prices and boom in coin prices...around 1980 I sold the coin for $16,000.00!!!!

I also went to Abner Kreisberg’s store in L.A. He was always in the back. I’d buy coins from Jerry Cohen. I remember buying an Indian $10 from Jerry.

Great story! Those were the days, eh? -Editor

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