Saturday, July 2, 2011

Salvador Dali Institute Dedication Coin / Medal / Medallion.

Salvador Dali Institute
Dedication Coin / Medal / Medallion.

It is my understanding that this particular medal was distributed at a fundraising dinner for the opening of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida back in 1982.

It is actually a coin within a bezel so that one can wear it with a ribbon.  I have yet to see one of these with the original ribbon.  The bezel can be removed by one small screw. 

The coin within the bezel is actually the same design and dimensions as its silver/rhodium counterpart.  It weighs about 23.7 g without the bezel and has a 37 mm diameter.

The only difference in the design is the presence of a small hallmark on the reverse side which reads "MET."

I am not sure what this medal/coin is made of.  It appears to be some kind of base metal plated in gold.

This medal is very rare, though a few have turned up at auction recently.  Realistically, this medal is worth about $40, but an actual sale price of more than $100 has been observed.

There does not appear to be a great demand for this medal, so if one does turn up at auction, there won't be much competition.

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