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Spencer Collection Norse American Commemorative Set - 14th

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Spencer Collection Norse American Commemorative Set

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade Pop Pop Higher Comments
Norse Medal Thick 9450 Norse Medal MS65 229 53
Medal, 1925 (ND), AR, NORSE COMMEMORATIVE, Variety: Thick, U.S.A. Mint but with no denomination, hence a Medal. PCGS MS65 GEM. History: The Norse American medal was proposed by Congressman O. J. Kvale of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Authorized by Congress on March 2, 1925, these medals commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first organized arrival of Norse immigrants in the United States. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the sloop Restaurationen, these Scandinavians had arrived in Orleans County, New York on October 9, 1825. Kvale petitioned for a medal instead of a coin because Congress had authorized four Commemorative coins earlier in 1925: the Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial, Fort Vancouver Centennial, California Diamond Jubilee, and Vermont or Battle of Bennington Half Dollars. The controversy surrounding the Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary Half Dollar of 1924 also helped to convince Congressman Kvale that a proposal for a medal stood a better chance of acceptance by the federal government at that time. In addition to 33,750 medals on thick silver planchets and 6,000 medals on thin silver planchets, the Philadelphia Mint delivered 100 medals on gold planchets. All of these pieces were probably struck in early May 1925. The gold medals were produced as matte proofs and sold to the public at a price of $20 each. Today, specimens are rare, and advanced collectors traditionally include them in sets of U.S. Commemorative coins.
Norse Medal Thin 9451 Norse Medal
Norse Medal Gold PR 9452 Norse Medal