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FRATERNAL and RELATED

The medals below commemorate various men's organizations, usually fraternal, including Grand Army of the Republic encampment and Militia medals. HK includes six similar types: HK593(Militia), HK874(Political), HK908-HK909(KKK), HK37(GAR) and HK46(IOOF). Why the authors of HK included these medals but no others is a bit of a mystery to me. Fraternal medals are not even mentioned in the book's introduction.

Also included here are one YMCA medal, and three Boy Scout jamboree/round-up tokens. The authors of HK included the Boy Scout 50 year anniversary medal(HK577), but no Jamboree medals.

Fraternal medals usually commemorated events that were exclusive to their respective organizations. Although some of the larger GAR events may have been an exception, the majority were usually not open to the general public. From that standpoint, such pieces may be a bit on the fringes of traditional so called dollar collecting. Another reason for their exclusion might be that many fraternal commemoratives were made in the form of a badge or fob. Never the less, those that are so called dollar-like are often rare and well executed, and their sometimes arcane and unusual designs can make them interesting.

ROYAL ARCH MASONIC

Philanthropic Lodge Marblehead Massachusetts 1890 Mason Medal

1) Philanthropic Lodge. F. & A.M. / Marblehead, Mass. / 1890 / Philanthropic Lodge. F. & A.M. / Chartered March 25 / 1760 / Marblehead, Mass.; Bronze, 35.1mm

Hiram Lodge Arlington Massachusetts 1797 1897 Mason Medal

2) Centenary Medal / Munroe Tavern Birthplace of Hiram Lodge / 1797 1897 / Hiram Lodge A.F. & A.M. Arlington, Massachusetts / Instituted Dec 12, 1797; tiny "H.M." initials; Bronze, 40.8mm

Baker N-297 Washington Lodge of A.F. & A.M. Centenary 1896 Medal

3) Washington Lodge Of A.F. & A.M. / Centenary 1896 / Hope Faith Charity / Holy Bible; tiny "H.M." initials at base of bust, Baker N-297; Bronze, 40.9mm

Rhode Island Royal Arch Masons Hundredth Anniversary 1898 Medal

4) One Hundredth Anniversary / March 12, 1898 / M.E. Grand Royal Arch Chapter Of Rhode Island 1798. Engraved on the edge: "M. E. Arthur H. Armington, Grand High Priest." 10 K Gold, probably unique in gold, 33.5mm

General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons Centennial Baltimore 1897 medal

5) General Grand Chapter Of Royal Arch Masons U.S.A. / Centennial / E. Kirby G. L. McCahan / Boston Oct, 24. 1797 / Hartford Jan. 24, 1798 / Baltimore Oct. 12, 1897, Bronze, 41.9mm

Landmark Lodge Semi Centennial Anniversary A.L. 5850 medal

6) Landmark Lodge No. 76. A.F.M.S.C. / A.L. 5850. / To Commemorate Our Semi-Centennial Anniversary December 11, A.L. 5900; Bronze, 37.9mm

Death Of Washington Masonic Celebration 1899 Mount Vernon medal

7) Masonic Celebration In Commemoration Of The Centennial / Of The Death Of Washington Mount Vernon, Va. / December 14. / 1899 / George Washington Master Of Alexandria, Va. / Lodge No 22 / 1788 / A.F. / A.M., Bronze, 37.6mm

6th Annual Meeting General Masonic Relief Association 1891 medal

8) 6th Annual Meeting Gen’l Masonic Relief Assoc’n / United States And Canada / Sep. 23. 25. 1891 / United States Capitol; White Metal, 37.8mm

Green Dragon Tavern First Meeting Grand Royal Arch Masons 1798 medal

9) First Meeting Held In "Masons Hall" Boston / Centennial / Green Dragon Tavern / Grand Royal Arch Chapter Of Massachusetts / March 13, 1798; Bronze, 40.9mm

Bay City Masonic Temple Destroyed by fire Copper salvage medal 1893 1903

10) Masonic Temple / Bay City, Mich. / Dedicated May 10th 1898 / Destroyed By Fire May 19th 1903 / Made From Copper Taken From The Ruins Of The Temple; Bronze, 33.3mm

St Andrews Royal Arch Masons Boston 125th Anniversary 1769 1894 medal

11) St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter / Boston Mass. / August 12 1769 / 125th Anniversary / 1769 1894. Stacks sold one of these in silver with hanger March 2019 lot#10144; Bronze; 37.3mm

Semi Centennial Saginaw Michigan Lodge Masonic Temple medal

12) The Masonic Temple Saginaw Michigan / 5893-5905 / To Commemorate The Semi-Centennial / Of Saginaw Lodge No. 77 F. & A.M. Saginaw Michigan / June 23rd A.L. 5855 / June 23rd A.L. 5905, In small lettering below edifice "D. Child & Co" Gilt, 40.0mm

Grand Lodge Iowa Library Building Corner Stone 1884 medal

13) Labor Omnia Superat / G. B. Van Saun. Gr. Master, T.S. Marvin, Gr. Sec. / Grand Lodge Of Iowa A.F & A.M. / Constituted January 8. 1844. / Library Building Corner Stone May 7. 1884. / Quid Utilius; Bronze, 35mm

SCOTISH RITE MASONIC

Silver Jubilee February 1903 Grand Rapids 1878 Clinton Consistory Medal

14) Silver Jubilee / February 24th 25th & 26th 1903 / DeWitt Clinton Consistory S.P.R.S. / Grand Rapids, A.D. 1878. "Childs Chicago" in tiny lettering; Silver, 38.2mm

Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Oriental Consistory Chicago 1801 1901 medal

15) Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite / 1801 Centennial 1901 Henry L. Palmer / Oriental Consistory S.P.R.S. / Chicago, A.D. 1856; In small lettering " Childs Chicago" Bronze, 38.6mm

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

1889 Triennial Conclave Washington DC City Mexico Club medal

16) City Of Mexico Club, K.T. Of Phila, Pa. / Triennial Conclave At Washington D.C. 1889 / Philadelphia, St. Johns, Mary, St Alban & Corinthian Commanders Phila, Pa.; Found in bronze and white metal; Bronze, 37.9mm

24th Triennial Conclave Knights Templar United States Capitol

17) 24th Triennial Conclave Knights Templar / Washington, D.C. Oct. 1889 / United States Capitol; Bronze, 37.8mm

Annual Conclave Knights Templar May 1887 In Hoc Signo Vinces Medal

18) In Hoc Signo Vinces / Annual Conclave Masonic Knights Templar Philadelphia, Pa. May 23-25, 1889; Found in bronze and white metal, Bronze, 37.9mm

Denver August 1892 Twenty Fifth Triennial Conclave Knights Templar Medal

19) Twenty Fifth Triennial Conclave Knights Templar / 5892 / Denver Colorado / Masonic Temple / August 6-18, 1892; Aluminum, 38mm

GRAND ARMY of the REPUBLIC

Milwaukee Wisconsin 1889 23rd Annual Encampment GAR Medal

20) Twenty Third Annual Encampment G.A.R. / Milwaukee, Wis. Aug. 1889 / Fraternity Charity Loyalty / 1861 Veteran 1899; Bronze, 37.6mm

B. F. Stephenson Founder Grand Army of the Republic Decatur 1891 Medal

21) Dr. B.F. Stephenson Founder Of The Grand Army Of The Republic / 25th Anniversary Of The G.A.R. / Decatur, Ill. April 6. 1891.; Bronze, 37.7mm

Camp Winfield Grand Army Of The Republic 1887 medal

22) Camp Winfield Scott Hancock / N.G.P. Gretna, Aug. 6-13, 1887; White Metal, 35.2mm

Reunion of the Army of the Tennessee Detroit 1887 medal

23) Reunion Of The Army Of The Tennessee / Detroit. Mich. Sep. 14 & 15 1887.; Bronze, 35mm

Dedication Monuments 1886 Gettysburg Grand Army Republic medal

24) Grand Army Of The Republic Veterans 1866 / G.A.R. Encampment / At Gettysburg Pa. / Dedication Of Monuments In July 1886; White Metal, 37.9mm

Washington DC Grand Army Republic Encampment 1902 medal

25) 36th Annual Encampment 1902 / Fraternity Charity Loyalty / 1861 1865; White Metal, 37.9mm

41st GAR Encampment Soldiers Sailors Monument Easton Pennsylvania Medal

26) 41st Annual Encampment Dept. Of Pa. G.A.R. / Soldiers And Sailors Monument Easton Pa.; Bronze, 35.2mm

Army Of The Potomac Reunion Saratoga 1887 Monument Medal

27) Army Of The Potomac Reunion Saratoga June 22. 23. 1887.; White Metal, 38mm, Image courtesy Randy Dobler

Citizens Of Rochester Grand Army Of The Republic 1901 Medal

28) Compliments Of The Citizens Of Rochester / 1901 / Grand Army Of The Republic / Dept. N. Y.; White Metal, 35.1mm

UNION VETERAN LEGION

General Hancock Union Veteran Legion 1901 Gettysburg Medal

29) Maj. Gen’l W.S. Hancock / Gettysburg 1863 / Union Veteran Legion / Gettysburg. Oct. 9-10. 1901; White Metal, 35mm, Image courtesy of Randy Dobler

ORDER of LOYAL LEGION

25th Anniversary Of Order Of Loyal Legion 1890 Philadelphia Medal

30) 25th Anniversary Of The Order Of Loyal Legion / Held At Philad’a, Pa April 15-17 1890; White Metal, 37.6mm, Image courtesy of Randy Dobler

SONS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Sons Of The American Revolution National Convention April 1902 Medal

31) National Congress / Sons Of The / American Revolution / Welcome To Washington / April 30. May 2. 1902; Bronze, 40.7mm

IMPROVED ORDER of HEPTASOPHS

Heptasophs New Haven IOH Connecticut Souvenir 1895 medal

32) Instituted / Aug. 28. 1878 / Souvenir / 12th Regular Session / I.O.H. / May 21. 1895 / New Haven, Conn.; Aluminum, 38mm

IMPROVED ORDER of RED MEN

Improved Order Of Red Men G. S. D. 405 Totemic Bond Medal

33) Freedom Friendship Charity / G.S.D. 405 / Our Totemic Bond / G.S.D. 405.; Bronze, 38.1mm

Improved Order Red Men Grand Council Milwaukee Bay Cream City medal

34) Grand Council United States / Improved Order Of Red Men / A Souvenir Of The Cream City. / Milwaukee Bay; Bronze, 38.5mm

WOODMEN of the WORLD

Woodmen Of The World Omaha Nebraska Fraser Medal

35) Sovereign Commander / W.A. Fraser / Woodmen Of The World / Omaha, Neb.; Aluminum, 37 x 28.5mm

ODD FELLOWS

Dedication of the Odd Fellows Temple Philadelphia 1895 Medal

36) Odd Fellows Temple / Philadelphia / Dedicated 1895 / Official Medal Commemorating The Dedication Of The Odd Fellows Temple; Bronze, 37.9mm

Odd Fellows Home Connecticut Purchased Opened Dedicated medal

37) The Odd Fellows’ Home Of Connecticut / "Fairview" / Purchased July 21st 1982 / Opened Dec. 1st 1892 / April 26th 1893 Dedicated / Grand master Charles B. Ware / Deputy Grand Master Wm. H. Marigold / Grand Warden Leopold De Leeuw / Grand Secretary Fred. Botsford / Grand Treasurer John W. Smith; a tiny "C" at the bottom. Aluminum, 39.7mm

First Odd Fellows Home Of Pennsylvania 1874 1875 Medal

38) The Odd Fellows Home Of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia / The First Home In The World Organized By Any Fraternal Organization / Instituted November 1874 / Incorporated July 10th 1875; White Metal, 38.1mm

Odd Fellows Home New Jersey 1885 1888 medal

39) Odd Fellows Home / Of New Jersey. / Organized Aug. 8th 1885 Dedicated June 14th 1888; in tiny lettering split to the left and right: Bechtel Trenton; White Metal, 37.9mm

Odd Fellows Hall Waterbury Dedication 1895 50th Anniversary Medal

40) Odd Fellows Hall Waterbury. / Conn. / Dedication Of Odd Fellows Hall Oct 15th 1895 / Nosanogam And Townsend Lodges The 50th Anniversary. / 1845 / 1895; Aluminum, 44.5mm

Chicago Cantonment August 1890 IOOF Souvenir Medal

41) Chicago Cantonment / August 3-10 1890 / IOOF Souvenir; White Metal, 40.1mm

NATIVE SONS of the GOLDEN WEST

50th Grand Parlor Native Sons Golden West Sepulveda San Pedro Medal

42) 50th Grand Parlor N.S.G.W. San Pedro / Sepulveda Parlor No 263 / 1927 / "50" /J.A. Meyers & Co. Los Angeles; Gilt, 33mm, Image courtesy of Randy Dobler

ELKS

BPO Elks One Buck Grand Lodge Los Angeles 1915 Bear medal

43) Grand Lodge Reunion / Los Angeles / California 1915 / B.P.O. Elks / One Buck; Copper, 38.4mm

EAGLES

Fraternal Order Eagles Kansas City Aerie 1898 1904 Souvenir medal

44) Dedicated Oct. 26, 1904. / Souvenir / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / Organized Feb. 6, 1898 / Kansas City Aerie No. 47.; Aluminum, 38.4mm

TROY CITIZENS CORP

Fiftieth Anniversary Troy New York Citizens Corps September 1885

45) Fiftieth Anniversary / September 23, 1885. / Troy Citizens Corps. / Organized September 23, 1885; White Metal, 36mm. Image courtesy of Randy Dobler.

ANCIENT and HONORABLE ARTILLERY of MASSACHUSETTS

 1638 Baltimore October 1896 Ancient And Honorable Artillery Massachusetts Medal

46) Ancient And Honorable Artillery Co. / Massachusetts / 1638 / Souvenir / engraved: Baltimore Oct. 96; Aluminum, 34mm

YMCA

YMCA The field is the world medal

47) Young Men’s Christian Association / YMCA Social Spiritual Intellectual Physical / The Field Is The World Matt. XIII 38; Aluminum, 35.5mm

BOY SCOUTS

Boy Scouts National Jamboree Valley Forge Hallowed Ground 1950 medal

48) National Jamboree Vally Forge 1950 / BSA / On This Hallowed Ground Where Washington And His Army Spent The Bitter Winter Of 1777-78 The Boy Scouts Of America Rededicate Themselves To The American Ideals Of Democracy With A Firm Resolution To Strengthen The Arm Of Liberty; Gilt, 36.7mm

Boy Scouts America Centennial Roundup Cleveland 1957 medal

49) 1857 / Baden-Powell / 1857 / 1957 / 1957 Centennial Round-Up Greater Cleveland Council Boy Scouts Of America; Gilt, 36.5mm

Boy Scouts America 1953 Jamboree Irvine California 1953 medal

50) National Jamboree Irvine Ranch Calif. / Boy Scouts Of America / 1953; Copper Nickel, 38.8mm

 

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