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This Trial of Peter Zenger medal is 35th in the series, The Official History of Colonial America by the Franklin Mint. The collection started in 1976 and was meant to commemorate the Bicentennial of the 13 original states. The entire set contains 50 medals along with an information card for each.


Each medal in the collection has a picture on the front and a brief history on the back. Around the rim it reads, “The Official History of Colonial America” on the top rim, and the bottom rim reads, “Fine Pewter” copyright symbol, the Franklin Mint Hallmark, and the year it was minted.

The 35th medal in the series, Trial of Peter Zenger, commemorates the historic trial of journalist/newspaper editor, Peter Zenger. Though ratified in 1791, the First Amendment of the Constitution that guarantees freedom of the press was first proclaimed in America in 1735.

It measures 2” (5.1 cm) in diameter and is made of fine pewter.

This medal pictures the trial of Peter Zenger.

The medal is in pristine condition and is still in its original sealed card. The card is showing slight signs of wear along the left edge.

The information cards go into a bit more detail on the topic of the medal with the history on both sides. These cards measure 7 1/4" x 3 1/2” (18.4 cm x 8.9 cm). This card has a slight bend on the top corner.

My mom was fascinated with and loved items regarding Colonial America. This collection, a surprise to me, is yet one more (well…50 more) of many Colonial America items she had. I had no idea this collection even existed – I found these in her attic.

These medals are wonderful Colonial America collectibles that any history buff would love.

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The Trial of Peter Zenger - 1735 - Official History of Colonial America Pewter Medal by The Franklin Mint

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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Material: pewter
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