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Great Chicago Fire 1871

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There are a fair amount of Chicago Fire related exonumia/numismatic medals and coins.




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[TD="colspan: 2"]The Great Chicago Fire burnt a large portion of the city to the ground October 8-10, 1871. I grew up in the Chicago area so I learned a great deal of the history how this great fire, although quite tragic and a major disaster, was one of the reasons for Chicago's greatness in the years after the fire. Chicago really did rise like a phoenix from the flames.

Following the fire, the bell from the Chicago Courthouse which had burnt down was melted and turned into various relics which were sold off as souveniers. I have seen miniature bells that were produced as well as medals which were struck by the U.S. Mint. 500 medals, designed by William Barber, were struck the following year in 1872 by the Mint with metal from that Courthouse bell. The medal is approximately 51mm in diameter and is listed as CM-13 in the Julian reference. I've wanted to acquire one of those pieces for sometime and recently I picked one up. It's a beautiful design, though this example does have a few scratches on the side with the phoenix. I went for this one in particular because it has a box (original?) with it that I thought added to the coolness of it a bit.









Here's a pic of the Courthouse Bell after the fire from the Chicago Historical Society website:




Anyone else have anything cool from the Great Chicago Fire?? Or anything cool from Chicago in general???
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