Gem 1836 U.S. Mint Medal “First Steam Coinage” Medal
1836-Dated U.S. Mint Medal in Bronze. Commemorating the First Steam Coinage. Struck at the United States Mint in Bronze. Gem Semi-prooflike Mint State.
28 mm. Julian MT-21 (March 23 date). This classic Medal was Struck at the United States Mint upon its freshly installed new Steam Press. An earlier version shows a date of February 22, but mechanical problems forced the Mint to host the opening ceremony in March. We had the pleasure of seeing this very same press in action (it has now been electrified) at the 2000 American Numismatic Association convention, where it again required some mechanical repairs after a short breakdown! Once it was fixed and cranked up again, it was a joy to watch as the specially designed A.N.A. medals came spilling down the coinage chute. This medal is gorgeous!
The first steam press was inaugurated at the Mint in 1836, heralding a new era in minting techniques. The first medals, struck on copper Cent blanks, were supposed to have been made on February 22nd, but mechanical problems prevented any striking until March 23, 1836.