Image of press, whose contour is visible in the photo above. Source: internet. On display at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
Text of a card given out at this concession:
This is the Press that Coins the Souvenir Medals
This quaint, interesting old coinage press, now on exhibition, was built in 1836 by Merrick, Agnew & Tyler, Philadelphia, and by them installed in the United States Mint in that city, where it was in continuous operation, striking gold, silver and copper coins until 1874. It was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition, at Philadelphia, in 1876, and at the World's Fair, in Chicago, in 1893, where it attracted much attention because of its historic value, representing as it does, an era in the coinage sytem of our country, being the first steam power coinage press ever used in the mint.
The souvenirs struck by this press consist of the small "Lord's Prayer" Medal, and a Pan-American Medal bearing the Electric Tower on one side, and the Beck design, representing the unity of North and South America, on the reverse side. The former is very unique and interesting, as it is the smallest reproduction of the Lord's Prayer ever struck on metal. Both of these medals are made of a fine composition of metals, plated in gold, and make a very attractive souvenir, both as a keepsake and to wear as a charm, many being used for the latter purpose.
Prices: Gold Plated $.25; Sterling Silver (Lord's Prayer only) $.35; Solid Gold (14K) $2.50
Historic Coinage Press Co.
612 Prudential Bldg., Buffalo N.Y.