Mega Red Book 7th Edition to showcase the 1876 Centennial Exposition So-Called Dollars

Jeff Shevlin · January 27, 2021

This year so-called dollars from the 1876 Centennial Exposition will be included in the Mega Red Book 7th edition which will go on sale in early 2021. There were over 90 different so-called dollars struck for the Centennial Exposition. Their images and descriptions can be viewed on my website along with images of dozens of other exposition related so-called dollars at the following link: 1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition.

At the invitation of Whitman Publisher Dennis Tucker, I collaborated with the editors on a 26-page appendix detailing so-called dollars, with more than 180 full-color images. Says Tucker, “The reference provides a history of so-called dollars, advice on collecting them, a study of rarity and a discussion of today’s market.” Ninety different types of medals will be showcased in the Red Book, including photographs, values in six grades from Very Fine through Mint State-65 and fascinating descriptions of each piece.

The so-called dollars from the Centennial Exposition were produced at a time when the art of medal production was at its apex in America. The designs are diverse and well executed; they depict significant events and icons in the United States history, as well as being struck in a wide range of metal compositions. William Barber, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, created the Official Medal for the Centennial Exposition SH 2-1, as well as the Centennial Nevada medal SH 2-2.

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