Here are 43 of Franklin Mint's 1979 set of sterling silver "MEDALLIC REGISTER OF AMERICAN FIGHTING SHIPS". Each rectangular silver medal shows some famous American fighting ship, from the 1700's till now. There are sailing ships, steam ships, iron-clads, and modern nuclear ships. The front shows a picture of the ship, done in great detail, and the reverse gives the name of the ship and some details.. The medals are struck "deep mirror prooflike" with the design frosted, and the background surface a brilliant mirror. Each medal is 1-1/2 inches wide and 1-1/4" high, and weighs 27.5 grams. The pieces are treated with an invisible coating to stop tarnish so they can be handled.
These ship medals were sent to a subscriber one per month, so it took over 4 years to complete the set of 50. Even with silver MUCH cheaper in the early 1980s than now, they cost $29.50 each, the equivalent of about $60 in today's dollars.. Each came sealed in a protective cardboard holder which changed size and shape at some point during the release cycle. The medal could be pushed out of the holder if you wanted to, but only after breaking the cardboard seal.. The original owner of this series either did not quite complete the set or some of the ships sailed away. Unlike a set like the U.S. Presidents, or States of the USA, a few missing random warships of the hundreds we once had is not noticeable.
This is a WONDERFUL gift for someone interested in ships. and an investment in silver that is beautiful to look at. Silver has been going up in price lately, now just under $20 per ounce on the silver market. This collection of 43 ships contains just under 39 troy ounces of Sterling Silver.
CONDITION: All of the holders, as far as I can see in a fast runthrough, are unopened, so I cannot show the back side of the medal. The medals look just like they were received over 25 years ago. No tarnish, though some of the plastic covers have a dull coating from time that easily wipes off.. Some of the original paperwork is included with the set.