1913 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Medal. This very rare gold medal was originally issued for the 50th“Grand Reunion of the Blue and the Gray” at Gettysburg Battlefield. The obverse features Liberty holding palm fronds and fasces with kneeling Union and Confederate soldiers, the whole enveloped in an American Flag. The Inscription FIFTIETH / ANNIVERSARY / OF THE / BATTLE OF / GETTYSBURG appears above a keystone in the right field. The reverse features clasped hands over a map of Pennsylvania inscribed REUNION / CIVIL WAR / VETERANS / 1913. The edge is inscribed with 10K 13 WHITEHEAD-HOAG.
We note warm gold tones overlain by a darker golden-brown antique finish. This rare medal is nicely housed in a new NGC holder for protection and an opinion of condition. The medals original leather and velvet presentation case is included. We’ve never seen or handled such a medal before!
Twenty-five years after the gold medal was struck, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, called the Blue and Gray Reunion of Jul 1-3, 1938 – a huge gathering of over 20,000 surviving Union and Confederate veterans, a silver commemorative half dollar was issued. Two years earlier, the Act of June 16, 1936 authorized the mintage of 50,000 silver commemorative coins. 23,100 were eventually melted down, leaving the balance of 26,928 (28 coins were used for assay purposes).
Mintage unknown. Weight: 49.25 grams. Fineness: 10 KT Gold. Diameter: 38.2 mm. Edge: Plain.