So-Called Dollars

DENVER MINT OPENING
1905
DENVER, CO

This medal actually was the first product of the Denver Mint, struck in 1905 to test new machinery and, some believe, new dies for a $20 gold piece. Piece is about the size of a double eagle and was issued as a souvenir at official opening ceremonies of the Mint in early 1906. Despite the statement that "thousands were struck," the medal was unobtainable at the Mint following the ceremonies and was "decidedly scarce" in Denver.


Photos courtesy of Stack's Rare Coins, New York, NY

Obv. Denver / 1905; beaded border.
Rev. Blank; beaded border.

HK-876 Bronze, reeded edge. 35mm.
HK-876a Silver.

HK-874 to HK-875a