1891 Mineral and Industrial Exposition

Ottumwa, Iowa

The Iowa Coal Palace was built in Ottawa, Iowa in 1890 to showcase the local coal industry. Although better known for its agricultural products, extensive coal deposits were found in southern Iowa. President Benjamin Harrison visited the Coal Palace on October 9. He said the lesson of the Coal Palace was its illustration of the artistry and grace to be found in the common things of life. Two so-called dollars were struck in various compositions for this exposition. The details are cataloged in my 2023 book So-Called Dollars Volume I: United States Expositions. Click on the “View All” link below to see them.

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So-Called Dollars Category SH 5-101:

Mineral and Industrial Exposition Official Medal

1891 · SH 5-81 CU · Copper

The Iowa Coal Palace adorns the obverse, micro signature Childs Chicago below the edifice. Legend…

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