This coin was almost certainly prooflike at one point in time. The detail is identical to those strikes and the 1 in "19 08" is reengraved just as it is in those strikes. This piece however saw some light handling and improper storage. It still presents quite nicely and it has developed a lovely tone.
These medals commemorate the visit to San Diego of United States Battle Fleet on its voyage around world under command of Admiral Robley D. Evans. Evans (1846-1912), known as "Fighting Bob," was Captain of first ship firing first gun against Spaniards at Santiago 1898.
Obv. Male military bust facing part r.; to l. 19, to r. 08; above bust Rear Admiral Evans; below bust "Fighting Bob"; upper border legend Souvenir Visit of U.S. Naval Fleet; lower border legend To Pacific Coast; beaded border.
Rev. Three battleships, setting sun with rays in background; beaded border.