100545 | UNITED STATES. Commodore Hotel bronze Medal.
100545 | UNITED STATES. Commodore Hotel bronze Medal. Issued 1950. Commemorating the Historic Edifice (76mm, 200.43 g, 12h). By R. Chambellan.
Façade view from the corner of 42nd Street; HOTEL / COMMODORE / NEW YORK CITY in three lines in exergue / Neoclassical doorway, with lighted torches and shrubbery to left and right; in three lines in exergue, "Happy is the house / that shelters a friend" / Emerson; all within wreath. Edge: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE.
Choice Mint State. Warm yellow-brown surfaces; a few light marks on the obverse.
Opened in January 1919, the Commodore was constructed as a part of Terminal City, a network of grand hotels and offices located near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Though operating as an opulent lodging destination for the first half of her life, the 1970s were rough on the hotel, with severely negative earnings in 1976. The Trumps, both father Fred and son Donald, entered the picture, pulling political strings and invoking dubious means by which to obtain the property and convince Hyatt to partner with them. After her acquisition, the younger Trump commissioned a rebranding of the hotel, encasing her exterior in glass–a glitzy yet see-through façade which would define the Donald to this very day. Numismatically, the Commodore–now the Grand Hyatt New York–is the current home to the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), having replaced the Waldorf-Astoria in 2018. This year's show in 2019 will be the landmark centennial of the hotel.