Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Triple Silver-Plated Bronze
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 159.0000g
Diameter: 67mm
Edge: Plain
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1925 NORSE AMERICAN LARGE FORMAT SILVERED MEDAL MS obverse 1925 NORSE AMERICAN LARGE FORMAT SILVERED MEDAL MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Designed by James Earle Fraser, of Buffalo nickel fame, for the centennial celebration that was held at the Minnesota State Fairground in June 1925. The obverse features a full length Viking warrior, with horned helmet, sword, and shield, landing on the American coast. The reverse exhibits a Viking longship.

Most collectors are familiar with the smaller octagonal silver and gold medals of this design, but large format examples are seldom encountered. Apparently just 75 pieces were coined to provide museums with display pieces of this issue, but only 60 were actually distributed.

The composition is "triple silvered" bronze. Often a few microscopic specks of the bronze core can be seen at the rims and edges where the plating flaked off. Untoned examples display a slightly reflective sheen, with swirling die polish lines visible on both sides.

An single example with matte finish was also graded by NGC. When applicable, this finish variety is automatically described by NGC during the grading process.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1925 NORSE AMERICAN LARGE FORMAT SILVERED MEDAL MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3492-----18
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Total-------------3492-----18
 -------------17 %22 %50 %11 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/15/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7191 $10,000.06
1/8/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5611 $12,925.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1216/Lot# 6475 $9,400.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 6117 $10,575.00
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(1), 1231/Lot# 3388 $8,812.50
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1234/Lot# 4856 $10,575.00
1/4/2017 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 6118 $16,450.00


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