Rare Complete 1946 U.N. Monetary Pattern Set in NGC MS63
This three-coin U.N. Monetary Set contains all three patterns made in 1946; Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
The idea for an international coinage was conceived by Messrs. A. Kosoff and Hans M. F. Schulman in 1945 when the United Nations came into being, their thought being that if all nations had a common currency in addition to a common language (a subject then being discussed), they could work together in greater harmony.
Karl Gruppe designed a pattern, using Kosoff's suggestion of a Four Freedoms reverse. In 1946, Medallic Art Co., NY, struck 314 specimens in .900 fine gold and 1,000 total in silver and bronze.
A gold piece was to have been presented to Trygve Lie, then U.N. secretary-general, on steps of City Hall, New York City. It was hoped that after the New York presentation, the matter would be referred to an appropriate U.N. committee or to the World Bank and some action, leading to an interchangeable coinage, taken. The presentation, however, was not made.
A specimen had been sent to the Director of the Mint, who opposed its use, stating that it was Treasury Department policy to discourage manufacture of any item which looked so much like a coin. The plan was dropped while in its embryonic stage and dies were destroyed, according to Kosoff. The issuers had in mind a 1-ducat size coin. The pattern struck was not necessarily to be considered as a standard.
* Certified NGC MS63.
* Struck from 99.9% pure Silver and 90% Pure Gold
* All three coins struck for the U.N. Monetary Pattern Set
* The 1946 U.N. Monetary Pattern Set has a very limited mintage. Only 314 Gold, 750 Silver, and 250 Bronze patterns were struck in 1946!
The obverse design features flags left to right, of France, England, United States, U.S.S.R., and National China (the Big Five); above, MONETARY UNITY / WORLD PEACE; below, UNITED NATIONS / ESSAI * DUCATON / 1946. At the base of each flag is written the nation with China being written in Chinese characters.
The reverse design features four allegorical figures around (at positions of 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock) representing the Four Freedoms; above, FREEDOM, in center, around, RELIGION * WANT * SPEECH * FEAR *
Call 1-888-726-5558 to place your order by phone and receive discounts when you pay by check or bank wire.