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2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern Brass Medal GEM BU

2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern Brass Medal GEM BU
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Why add the Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern Brass Medal GEM BU to your collection?

This issue was minted by the Shanghai Mint through a special arrangement with the Smithsonian Institution and ModernCoinMart. The medal was struck to exacting standards on a 29 gram brass blank. These coins have an amazing story to tell: the Chinese province of Szechuan needed to mint some new coinage around the turn of the 20th century. They contracted for superior "Western" minting presses with a New Jersey company and contracted with the U.S. Mint's Charles Barber to create dies. Only a handful of pattern coins were struck with the original dies. These examples now reside in the Smithsonian and the Shanghai Mint's Museum. The presses and dies were damaged in a flood shortly after they were installed in China. The machines were repaired but the dies didn't fare as well. The medal on offer here is an authorized, faithful reproduction of the Barber issue and was struck by the world famous Shanghai Mint.

Barber's Classic Dragon Design

The obverse of the medal features the mythic Chinese Dragon, as sculpted by Charles Barber based on the popular Chinese Kwangtung dollar. The reverse features denomination and year information in Chinese.


GEM BU examples are uncirculated or "mint state" coins or medals which would achieve the solidly collectible MS65 grade or better on the Sheldon Scale.

Order your stunning Charles Barber Dragon Pattern Brass Medal in GEM BU condition from ModernCoinMart today.

Year of Issue:2018
Mint:Shanghai Mint
Grading Service:Uncertified
Grade:GEM BU
Finish:Mint State
Display Weight:29 g
Weight in Grams:29 g
Weight in Ounces:0.9324 oz
Obverse Design:Barber's Dragon Pattern
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Barber's Brass Dragon
The details and history in this medal are superb! From a ho-hum design on late 19th-early 20th designed coins to this, a vast improvement on eye appeal. Love it!