SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Extensive research fails to establish origin of these issues. Some feel they were produced and sold to assist in defraying portion of giant cost of catastrophe but any revenue derived would have been insignificant. More creditable is statement of San Francisco Public Library that "reliable local opinion is that production of such medals probably was a transitory commercial venture with no official connection."
This was most severe earthquake in history of United States; affected area 150 miles both north and south of city, east to Nevada and west to Honolulu. Starting about 5 A.M., April 18, 1906, series of 2 main shocks and 25 additional ones shook San Francisco alone; resulting fires raged 3 days, destroyed 500 city blocks, over 28,000 buildings; almost 500 people killed, 2,500 seriously injured. San Francisco loss estimated at $250,000,000; total $350,000,000. One of "wonders of conflagration" was saving of U.S. Mint Building, "where fire was fiercest," by 250 employees and soldiers.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Brecher
Obv. Street and buildings in ruins; below small California Street; above all April 18, 1906; below all San Francisco, Cal.; beaded border.
Rev. Edifice; below Ruins of City Hall; above all, around San Francisco Earthquake & Fire; below all Souvenir; beaded border.
HK-340 Silver, reeded edge. 36mm.
Photos courtesy of Tom Hoffman
Obv. Edifice; above Cliff House; below edifice San Francisco
Rev. Within open wreath, across Souvenir / San Francisco / Earthquake / & Fire / San Francisco, California
HK-343 Brass, reeded edge. 36mm.
Photos courtesy of John Raymond
Obv. Same as obverse of No. 343 [Cliff House].
Rev. Edifice; above, around, Souvenir; beneath horizontal line below edifice, Post Office; below all, around, San Francisco; beaded border.
HK-343a Gilt Brass, reeded edge. 36mm.HK-335 to HK-339 HK-344 to HK-349b