This is a gold commemorative minted for two years: 1916 and 1917. The 1917 is the rarer example. Most of these come in very good condition, usually in MS64 or better. We do not collect the Gold Commemoratives, but are very interested in the memorabilia.

All memorabilia from the McKinley Birthplace Memorial is rare; however, if you are patient, you will occasionally find items that may result in a nice collection after 20 years or so. There is a 1917 leatherette holder, or wallet, with a picture of McKinley, the coin, and a short history of the Memorial in Niles, Ohio, McKinley's birthplace. This shows up about every 10 years or so. Another holder is an eight-sided box with a depression inside which held one 1917 coin. Please, see the picture above. In my experience, I have seen only this example, so from that, I would say this is rarer than the wallet. Another holder is cardboard with a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 sized envelope glued to the cardboard which forms a holder for the coin, and says, "A Merry Christmas." These are rare as well, but do surface from time to time. Other memorabilia are medals, watch fobs, pin backs, brochures, books, and postcards. There is an ornate certificate given to those who contributed to the McKinley Memorial. None of these are common.

- J & L

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