The 1881 Atlanta International Cotton Exposition was a significant event in the history of the American South, and the medals that were awarded during the exposition were intended to commemorate the occasion. However, despite extensive research and numerous excavations, no actual medals from the event have ever been found. In this blog post, we explore the fascinating story of the medals of the 1881 Atlanta International Cotton Exposition and examine the silver commemorative medal and advertising trade token that have been discovered. Through examining these two examples, we’ll gain insights into the significance of the event, the design and production of the medals, and the lasting impact that the exposition had on the region. Join us as we delve into the history and mystery of the medals of the 1881 Atlanta International Cotton Exposition.