Local Medals and Commemoratives 4


I found this in a drawer about a week ago and thought it would be interesting to speak about. My mom bought both my brother and I one of these medals. I vaguely remember Westerly’s Tercentenary Celebration in 1969 as I was only 3 at the time. There was a parade and there was a capsule buried in Wilcox Park that will be opened in 2019 when Westerly turns 350.

The coin is still packaged in its original plastic with its original pamphlet.  This is the bronze metal that they sold for $2.50. They also sold a silver medal for $10. The obverse of the coin had three things that represent Westerly. On the top right of the coin is a display of one of the granite mills in Westerly. Granite mills began before the Civil War and ended around 1965. Westerly Granite has been used locally, nationally as in Gettysburg, PA and Antietam in Maryland, and globally including Italy. On the top left is a statue of Chief Ninigret which you can find near Watch Hill Harbor. On the bottom is Westerly Town Hall and Court House which was constructed of Westerly Granite.  The reverse has the seal of the Town of Westerly.

Many cities and towns across the country have had celebrations that have included a medal or commemorative. Do you have one from where you live or lived at one time? I’d like to hear about it.


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4 thoughts on “Local Medals and Commemoratives

  • Hal Cohen

    I never have purchased a commemorative medal from a local fair. If I have, it’s in a box somewhere in the basement waiting to be discovered when I unpack or go rummaging through it. However, you did remind me of the souvenir penny press at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA which we I often toured during class outings when I was a kid. The steam press was an invention of Benjamin Franklin, and they had a souvenir machine based on the his invention that pressed pennies.

    You would put in a penny, and the machine would spit it out flattened and repressed into a Frankln Institute commemorative coin.

    I haven’t been to the Franklin Institute in many years, but I’ll bet it’s still there. I think I still have my coin somewhere in drawer, but I doubt it’s worth anything. I’m still a fan of Ben Franklin, though!

    • Kevin Post author

      Hey Hal! I remember seeing those souvenir machines in the past. I wonder if I still have any of those flattened pennies. Ben Franklin was a popular figure when it came to US coins. Not only was he remembered in commemoratives, but we had a Ben Franklin Half Dollar before Kennedy between 1948 and 1963. It shows how popular he was as all of the other coins at the time had Presidents on them.

  • Richard U.

    I have never taken a keen interest in coins collection until i have red through your article today to be honest.

    The chronology and the date timing are amazing. I think you have got a great thing going here and i knew a group or two in England who will love to read this and be part of what you done here.

    I will continue to read and come back for me post should you have one in the near future.

    Thanks and well done.

    • Kevin Post author

      Thank you for the comment Richard! Please forward this to your friends in England and hope that you will continue to view my posts as well.