Silver Pony Express Medal by Longines/Wittnauer

This sterling silver medal is part of the 60 piece Longines Symphonette Great American Events Medal set. It shows two men on horseback exchanging a mailbag in front of a tiny building with the a sign that reads “Station N:3“. The Pony Express is a strange event to commemorate in this series – while it has left a huge mark in our collective memory, the Express only ran for about19 months before going bust. The legend reads “The Pony Express / 1860″ and the initials JDL are raised at about 4:00.

Longines Medal for the Pony Express Obverse

Longines Medal for the Pony Express Obverse

The reverse is covered in boring font, apparently written by someone who was unaware that their caps lock key was on. It reads ” In it’s brief romantic history from April 3, 1860 until October 24, 1861, the Pony Express carried the mail from coast to coast faster than any previous means of transportation.” Below that, there’s a dyspeptic eagle at 6:00 on the medal, with an olive branch in its talons and its wings raised over its body.

Longines Medal for the Pony Express Reverse

Longines Medal for the Pony Express Reverse

Identification code: unknown

Date: 1972

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 5,000 (this one is from set P #4,224, which is stamped on the edge)

Country of origin: United States of America

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% silver)

Size: 39 mm – it is slightly larger than a Morgan silver dollar, but this is not a coin.

Weight: 34 grams (1.109 ounces of ASW)

Other details: Longines is a watchmaker that sponsored a classical orchestra radio show in the 1940s called the Longines Symphonette. There were several different collections of silver medals made in the 1970’s to cross-promote the radio show and the Longines watch brand – this collection was produced along with Wittnauer Precious Metals Guild.

This medal comes from the Great American Triumphs series of 60 medals. These were sold in complete sets, or in little red boxes that held two medals each. The boxes were labeled “The Wittnauer Precious Metal Guild / Symphonette Square, Larchmont, N.Y. 10538 / Makers of Fine Medallic Art”.

These medals were produced in 92.5% silver and 99.99% silver. The edge of each medal is labeled with the composition (inscribed after “Longines Symphonette”). This one is labeled “Sterling”.

I recently purchased 48 of these medals, but have compiled a list of the full set with links to the medals that I own:

1775: Battle of Concord Bridge

(1775 – no date): Patrick Henry: “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” Speech

1775: Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

1775: Founding Of Boonesborough, Kentucky

1776: Declaration Of Independence

1776: Betsy Ross

1783: Washington’s Farewell

1785-1851: James Audubon

1779: John Paul Jones – I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight

1794: Eli Whitney And His Cotton Gin

1803: Lewis & Clark Expedition

1807: Fulton’s Folly

1811-1825: Overland Trail (one that I do not have)

1812: Old Ironsides

1814: Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key

1815: Battle Of New Orleans

1819-1892: Walt Whitman (one that I do not have)

1835-1910: Mark Twain

1836: The Alamo

1836: Samuel B. Morse, Telegraph

1846: Fifty-Four Forty or Fight (one that I do not have)

1847: Brigham Young

1848: Gold At Sutter’s Mill

1851: Clipper Ship Flying Cloud

1851: “Go West, Young Man” (one that I do not have)

1860: Pony Express

(undated: 1961-1909): Frederic Remington (one that I do not have)

1862: Robert E. Lee

1863: Gettysburg Address

1863: The Flight of the Nez Perce (one that I do not have)

1869: Transcontinental Railroad

1872: National Parks Yellowstone

1876: Telephone – AG Bell

1876: Little Big Horn (one that I do not have – and, well, I guess it was a ‘Great American Triumph’ for the Native Americans)

1879-1935: Will Rogers

1879-1955: Albert Einstein (one that I do not have)

1886: Statue Of Liberty

1886: Samuel Gompers – AFL

1895-1948: Babe Ruth

1895-1972: J. Edgar Hoover (one that I do not have)

1898: Battle Of San Juan Hill

1898-1937: George Gershwin

1898-1961: Ernest Hemingway (one that I do not have)

(undated: 1899): Log Float (one that I do not have)

1901: Walter Reed

1909: Model T Ford

1903: The First Flight

1904: Panama Canal

1909: Perry Finds North Pole

1918: The Doughboys

1920: Women’s Suffrage

1927: Lindbergh Flies the Atlantic (one that I do not have)

1929-1968: Reverend Martin Luther King (one that I do not have)

1931-1933: The Macon & Akron

1933: Inauguration Of President Roosevelt

1935: Flight of the China Clipper Seaplane

1941: Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

1945: V.J. Day (one that I do not have)

1954: Salk Polio Vaccine

1959: Dawn Of The Jet Age

1961: Kennedy’s Inauguration (one that I do not have)

1909: Purchase Of Alaska

1976: 2 Centuries of Liberty, Peace, and Progress (one that I do not have)

Estimated Value: Approximately $45-55 with silver at $42/ounce

6 responses to “Silver Pony Express Medal by Longines/Wittnauer

  1. George Aredes

    I have two sets of these collector series.How do I find out their value?

  2. George –

    I would estimate the cost at melt plus about 5% (current melt values can be found at ). Unfortunately, this isn’t a series that has a lot of collectors, so the premium over bullion is slight.

    I have some duplicates in my set, but I bought them when silver was around $40 and am waiting for it to go back above that point before I sell. It could be a long wait, or silver might spike next week. You never know.

    I hope that helps.

    Another George

  3. I love these longines medals. They have such great detail and I like the short story on the reverse. I started buying silver over a year ago for investment reasons but now I’m tired of hiding it away! With these medals I can set them out for display and have fun collecting them in the process! I only have 18 of these so far but I’m still looking for ones of interest. Question, how many different series did longines make? Thanks, Brian

  4. That’s a good question, but I don’t have a good answer. I know Longines made at least one Wildlife series (maybe two or more?) and another series on the American West. I’m going to approve your comment and hope that another reader here has a better answer to share…

  5. Jay Goodman

    I have 20 of these coins in very good condition. I have seen them sell for $15 to $48 . What is the deciding factor on the price.

  6. Well, silver has swung around quite a bit in the last couple of years. As the underlying metallic value changes, that can have a huge effect on the sales price. Also, the “nicer” (higher grade) coins are rarer than ones that have been scuffed, stained, or otherwise worn from handling or poor storage. Those often carry a premium.

    Finally, when looking at auction prices, the biggest X factor is often what the two highest bidders each felt the coin was worth. If you only have one person with deep pockets shows up to a bidding war, it can often end at a far lower point than it would have with tough competition to set the price.

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