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#1 movieman

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:01 PM

I found in a box of stuff at an auction a newyork 1964/65 world fair cold coin can anyone tell me more about its worth

#2 Bill Cotter

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:13 PM

Can you post a picture of it?

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 02:45 PM

Yes, a picture please. And gold-colored versus real gold makes quite a difference too. :)

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:01 PM

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:08 PM

Yes, ok.

The size is 32 millimeters, right?

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:14 PM

Yes, ok.

The size is 32 millimeters, right?


yes it is

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:11 AM

I haven't seen this medallion very often, but every now and then.

If it had been a VIP presentation item, we'd probably only see it once every ten years, not as often as it pops up on places like eBay. So I presume it was sold in the Vatican Pavilion's Gift Shop.
I'd put the value between $5 and $10. Probably closer to the $10 level, because there are other Vatican Pavilion medallions that are much more common than this one.

If it's real gold, the price will be higher.
Look it over very carefully, includes looking at the edge with a magnifying glass. Do you see any mint marks for gold content such as 12K or 14K, or some such indicator? The higher the K number, the more pure the gold content and it will have a higher value.

But more than likely this is just a highly polished alloy in gold color.

P.S.- all the ones I've seen- and I have .jpg pictures of several of them- have the same mirror-like polished surface.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 11:14 PM

<br />I haven't seen this medallion very often, but every now and then.<br /><br />If it had been a VIP presentation item, we'd probably only see it once every ten years, not as often as it pops up on places like eBay.  So I presume it was sold in the Vatican Pavilion's Gift Shop.<br />I'd put the value between $5 and $10.  Probably closer to the $10 level, because there are other Vatican Pavilion medallions that are much more common than this one.<br /><br />If it's real gold, the price will be higher.<br />Look it over very carefully, includes looking at the edge with a magnifying glass.  Do you see any mint marks for gold content such as 12K or 14K, or some such indicator?  The higher the K number, the more pure the gold content and it will have a higher value.<br /><br />But more than likely this is just a highly polished alloy in gold color.<br /><br />P.S.- all the ones I've seen- and I have .jpg pictures of several of them- have the same mirror-like polished surface.<br />

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yes I had it checked by a jeweler and its 24k

#9 Randy Treadway

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:27 AM

Well, it's worth some bucks then.

Maybe that's why I don't have it in my collection. LOL

I've seen it offered for sale several times and grabbed .jpg pictures at the time. One time it was shown in one of those flip top jewelry boxes, where there is what looks like a made-to-order indentation in the felt that the medallion fits into perfectly. (which makes one think this might be the original box that it came in).
This box has the initials "NI" on it. Don't know what that means, but maybe somebody can figure it out.
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Other jewelry boxes from the Vatican Pavilion gift shop (such as for sterling silver charms) had the papal keys in that same location on the inside of the lid.
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Unfortunately, when I saw it offered for sale I didn't note what price was being asked.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:10 AM

<br />Well, it's worth some bucks then.<br /><br />Maybe that's why I don't have it in <i>my</i> collection. LOL<br /><br />I've seen it offered for sale several times and grabbed .jpg pictures at the time.  One time it was shown in one of those flip top jewelry boxes, where there is what looks like a made-to-order indentation in the felt that the medallion fits into perfectly.  (which makes one think this might be the original box that it came in).<br />This box has the initials &quot;NI&quot; on it.  Don't know what that means, but maybe somebody can figure it out.<br /><img src="http://randytreadway...old-in_box.jpg" /><br /><br /><br />Other jewelry boxes from the Vatican Pavilion gift shop (such as for sterling silver charms) had the papal keys in that same location on the inside of the lid.<br /><img src="http://randytreadway...box_detail.jpg" /><br /><br />Unfortunately, when I saw it offered for sale I didn't note what price was being asked.<br />

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the one I have is in a black box with ni on it

#11 Randy Treadway

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:53 AM

ahhh..... so we're consistent with the NI. That points to the box probably being original, having come with the medallion itself at the original sale point.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 11:04 AM

For whatever it's worth, here is one being offered for sale at $650. But this seller says theirs is just 24mm and 18k gold.
Of course just because this seller is asking $650 doesn't mean that's what anybody is willing to pay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...499003254315427

All the ones I'd seen before were described as being 32mm in size, like yours.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:19 PM

I just joined this Site for the purpose of providing some Additional Info. & a Link that Users may find Helpful. We deal in U.S. Coins, so I may be able to shed some light on a few of the Comments I've read. Let me say first that I own one of these Medals. It was purchased at the Fair by my Uncle for my Aunt. He was an Italian-American Laborer & I have found that the Majority of the People who Purchased this Medal were also in that Catagory. If you look on the Reverse to the Left of the Dome you will find just about all the Info. about the Medal that you need (except the Wgt). You should find the Gold Symbol "AU" stamped in a Rectangle along the Rim of the Medal to the left & slightly above the Designer's Initials "M.G.M." The Purity of the Gold in the Medal is also stamped in a Rectangle below the Designer's Initials, listed as ".900" which is 90% Gold, NOT 24KT. As far as the Initials "NI" that I have read about here, those are also along the Rim to the left of the Dome, I would say that they are most likely those of the Company that Produced the Medal, since the Designer's Initials are clearly shown aside from the "NI" & there are No Periods between the letters. As to the Weight I have confirmed it to be a 1/2 Ounce. On occasion I bring items in to Local Coin Dealers to check their honesty & I received a Quote just last Week of $381 from a Very Reputable Fellow. Gold is trading TODAY at $1,225.66 an Ounce, making a 1/2 Ounce Piece worth $502.78 (TODAY), leaving ample room for his profit. Of course the Rarity of the Medallion itself could add Additional Value, although you'd likely only recover that from Consignment to a Reputable Auction House, because Most Dealers are primarily interested in the Melt Value of the Metal, that's all their going to do with it most of the time. Here is a Link to an ONLINE PRECIOUS METAL CALCULATOR that Everyone might find useful from time to time: GO TO: www.dendritics.com/scales/default.asp, at the top of the Screen above the (Changing) Scales Photos, CLICK ON "Automated Calculations" and CHOOSE "Precious Metal Value Calculator" from the Options. Input the Weight, Purity & Type of Precious Metal and the Calculator will use the Current Trading Quotes to give you an Up To The Minute VALUE. Any Questions, Please feel free to Ask, I'm happy to help if I can. MARK

#14 Randy Treadway

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 01:58 PM

Thanks Mark, appreciate the info!
Your link didn't come through--- can you post it again?

#15 AuctionRarities

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:53 PM

Randy (& Other Interested Parties), TRY THIS LINK FOR THE FREE ONLINE PRECIOUS METALS CALCULATOR: www.dendritics.com/scales/default.asp THAT SHOULD BRING YOU TO THE HOME PAGE & THEN YOU CAN FOLLOW MY DIRECTIONS FROM MY 8/17/10 POST FROM THERE. Mark




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