bill Posted March 27, 2009 Report Share Posted March 27, 2009 Brass, 36mm R-6 A rare so-called dollar usually encountered with some kind of problem such as that visible here. The Native Sons of the Golden West (N.S.G.W.) issued the medal at the launching of the U.S.S. California in San Francisco on April 28, 1904. Hibler and Kappen note the medals were apparently distributed to members and guests and were not sold. They are listed in brass and copper and some pieces (including this one?) some some traces of gilt. While the ship saw some action, her crew was involved in a incident in Mexico when two crew members were killed during a drunken brawl while on shore leave in 1913. In 1914, she was renamed the USS San Diego. In World War I, she was sunk by a German mine off the coast of New York, the only US ship lost in the war. 1907 photograph. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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