This wonderful silver Franklin Mint medal collection consists of 50 famous historic sites, one from each state. Each site has been reproduced in wonderful detail on 39 mm sterling silver "medals" with info about the site on the reverse of the medal. Each medal was placed in an envelope with a front and back window so both sides of the medal could be seen, the envelope bearing a cachet just like on First Day and Event covers. A 6c US stamp was affixed to the envelope and the stamp was officially cancelled at the post office nearest to the historic site commemorated on the coin on the day the new site medal was "released". There was no address on the envelope, and it was never actually mailed.
This was a Franklin "series" with 2 states per month having their "Greatest Historical Site" medal and cover issued. Thus it took 25 months for the full set to be issued and collected. It started in December of 1970 with The First Confederate Capitol in Alabama and ended with Ft. Laramie in Wyoming in December of 1972. Eacl medal is 39 mm in diameter- just a hair larger than our old Morgan silver dollars. Most sources give the weight of each medal as 27 troy grams; if so, this would give a total weight of the 50 sterling medals of 43 troy ounces. To remove a coin to weigh it exactly would destroy the value of the sealed envelope and also expose the medal to the air and tarnishing.
The designs on each medal are extremely detailed and well done, a true collectible piece. Due to the size, cost and length of time to assemble a full set, relatively few of these were ever produced and sold and unlike many Franklin sets carry a substantial premium over melt value.
Each state/envelope/coin came with a printed card giving full details about the site reproduced on the medal. This set for sale consists of the 2 official Franklin albums, each with 25 states/medals. The pair of albums is remarkably heavy, around 10 pounds!. .