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Denver Mint Test Strike - HK-876

As we all know, HK-876 was reported as a medal struck to test the presses at the opening of the Denver, CO mint in 1905. The medal size (35mm) is similar to the $20 double eagle diameter of 34mm, and the history behind the founding of the Denver mint relates to the Clark Gruber & Co., a famous banking firm that thrived during the Colorado gold rush (which occurred about 10 year after the california gold rush of 1849). The 1861 $20 Clark Gruber piece is quite appealing and expensive ( In 1863 the US treasury department purchased the firm, which later became the US mint in Denver. While my HK-876 is below, I find it interesting that modern day equivalents can be found from Daniel Carr ( ) with his firm selling medals made from the Grabener Coin press, a restored Denver coin press he uses to make some interesting modern day medals (see his website). I am not advocating for anyone to purchase his creations; rather, it's interesting to see them and some of the modern day creations with many historical parallels. I also think other modern privates mints, including the Medallic Art Company (now aka the Northwest Territorial Mint) -- -- certainly have strong historical ties to So Called Dollars, as quite a fewthe pieces in the H+K book were made by the Medallic Art Company. edited by rjesinger on 11/8/2011

Saw this recently....

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Saw this recently... something of a first as I see it... HK-876 piece along with an un-struck blank from the same run. I'm not sure how one would authenticate this... but it is an interesting "set."

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The Denver pieces were also made in silver and gold-plate but are exceedingly rare.  Attached is a photo of a gold-plate.  I've seen a silver piece once at a big coin show.... and I "may" have seen a solid-gold one at the 2017 ANA in Denver.   Wild...

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