Pennsylvania Bicentennial Commemorative Medal
diameter: 1 in. ( 2.6 cm )
Silver struck medal with obverse showing clothed three-quarter bust of William Penn facing left with legend: "PENN/1682." Reverse contains Pennsylvania state seal at center surrounded by legend: "DISTRIBUTED BY EMPLOYERS OF U.S. MINT DURING THE CELEBRATION/OF PENNSYLVANIA'S BI-CENTENNIAL/OCT. 24, 1882."
75,000 of these medals were originally struck in brass for distribution during the parade of October 24, 1882. There was to be a wagon drawn by six horses, carrying a steam press, from which newly-struck medals would be thrown to the crowds. Considerable newspaper publicity about the medals being struck during the parade stimulated great interest amongst medal collectors thoughout the country, so it is probable that the mint started striking them for sale because of the demand.
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