1883 Maris Family Bicentennial Reunion Medal. Julian CM-27. Bronze. MS-63 (PCGS).38 mm. A handsome piece with flashy mahogany-brown surfaces and colorful iridescence. Some light hairlines, mostly on the reverse, limit the grade somewhat. According to the Mint records cited by Julian, the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia struck two gold and one aluminum medal from these dies in October 1883, but bronze examples like this were apparently struck by a private minter in the Philadelphia area. Several hundred were issued at a cost of 75 cents each for a large family reunion in August 1883. This one is accompanied by a light blue paperboard round lidded box, presumably its box of issue. More information about the reunion and this medal is included in Roger Moores excellent article about Maris in <em style=box-sizing:border-box;>Colonial Newsletter</em> 106, December 1997.<p>PCGS# 899580.From the Sydney F. Martin Collection.