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    Default The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens

    I am currently conducting research on the Elgin Medals issued with movements sold by Elgin in the late 1870s. These token-like medals were announced in the 1875 Elgin Almanac, urging customers to only purchase movements accompanied with "The Elgin Medal."

    The reverse of the token features the grade and serial number matching the movement.

    I have already compiled observations from images available online and would now like to make a request for examples that might be in private collections. Please post an image of the back, if possible. Otherwise, the grade name and serial number would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    I saw one of these for sale a short while back.
    Elgin Medal

    Rob

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: musicguy)

    Rob - Thanks. I got that one on my list. In fact, it is in my hand.

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    cool



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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    I will have to see if I have others, but here's one for a C.M. Wheeler.
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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens

    That's a G not a C



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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: musicguy)

    oops! Thanks!

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: PatH)

    Common mistake to make on the G.M. Wheeler medal. Even the most popular token classification system has it designated as "C.M. Wheeler"

    Thanks for posting the image!

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    Just curious - how long were these tokens used? I have Elgin ads from the late 1800s and subsequent, but they don't mention the tokens. Looking forward to hearing your findings and seeing other examples.

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens

    They are mentioned in the 1876 Elgin Almanac, which was the last year the almanac was published. Based on my current observations, the medals may have been issued as late as 1881.

    (The highest serial number recorded is 860200).
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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    its interesting that the Medal above has the No. for number
    like some of the movements had.

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: musicguy)

    Does anyone have an example of the Elgin Medal marked with the "B.W. Raymond" grade? I have yet to record a single observation yet.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    I just saw one of these from 1873(Dated from the serial number on back)


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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: musicguy)

    Quote Originally Posted by musicguy View Post
    I just saw one of these from 1873(Dated from the serial number on back)
    Did you happen to record the serial number?

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    Default Re: The Elgin Medal: Request for Known Specimens (By: TimeAntiquarian)

    Gail Borden #207336


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