YORK COIN CLUB MEDAL HISTORY 1965 - 1986

 

The York Coin Club began issuing annual medals in 1965 and continued to do so each year until 1986. By the mid-1980's, it simply became too expensive to continue issuing medals as not enough could be sold to members to cover the costs of minting. However, during the period that the club medals were being issued, they honored many significant local people, businesses and local moments in history. While the club does not have any of the old medals available for sale, they can be found in coin dealer stock, at flea markets and through online venues such as eBay.

The medals were struck in both bronze and .999 silver each year. The medals are 31 mm in diameter (about 1 1/4") and the silver versions contain about .70 ounce of pure silver each. See the table below for a list of what was commemorated on each medal - photos will follow soon!

 

DATE SUBJECT OF THE MEDAL
1965
First Capital of the United States - The Continental Congress meets in York's courthouse from 1777 to 1778
1966
Gates House and Golden Plough Tavern - Historic builings in downtown York from Colonial era
1967
Colonel James Smith and the Codorus Furnace - York's signer of the Declaration of Independence
1968
Thomas Paine 'These are the times that try men's souls' - In York with the Continental Congress
1969
Phineas Davis and his invention 'The York' our first coal burning locomotive
1970
York County Courthouse - view of the then current York courthouse building and the PA seal on other side
1971
Lewis Miller 1796-1882 - native Yorker and famous folk artist
1972
Pullman Six Wheeler - 1903 motor vehicle built in York
1973
General Casimir Pulaski - Revolutionary War Hero
1974
Laurel Fire Company - The fire building is shown on the obverse and York's first steamer on the reverse
1975
Canal Boom of the Early 1800's - transportation method before the railroads
1976
American Revolution Bicentennial - 'America's Birthday' on the reverse
1977
200th Anniversary of First Capital of the United States - while meeting here from 1777 to 1778, Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation
1978
George Reeser Prowell 1849-1928 - known for his 1907 work 'History of York County'
1979
John Elgar - In York, built the first metal hull vessel in America 'The Codorus' in 1825
1980
Pullman 1911 Speedster Built in York - The Pullman Motor Car Co built 20,000 vehicles from 1903 to 1917
1981
York Liberty Bell - this reverse is the first that uses the York Coin Club logo (used until end of medal series)
1982
General Jacob L. Devers 1887-1979 - York native that became 4 star general and hero in World War II
1983
Christ Lutheran Church
1984
Billmeyer and Small Freight Car
1985
York Street Railway Company
1986
Elks Monument - Penn Park