On "Antiques Roadshow," we traveled back to 1999 to Des Moines, where a man brought in a carved medallion of George Washington that was worth some serious money.
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'Antiques Roadshow': Medallion first appraised in 1999 now worth $300,000
Leigh Keno, antiques expert known for hosting the television show Antiques Roadshow with his twin brother Leslie, looks at the walnut veneer on a lowboy in the home of a Hartford-area antiques collector, February 5, 2010, in West Hartford, Connecticut. His company Keno Auctions will be holding it's inaugural auction in Stamford in May. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
STOLEN ANTIQUES---10/26/04---Police display some of the 750,000 dollars worth of stolen antiques recovered after raids that lead to the arrests of eight people in Project Antique in Toronto, October 26, 2004. NOTE-NO ONE REALLY KNOWS THE VALUE OR HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MOST OF THE ITEMS, REALLY NEED THE STOLEN ANTIQUES ROADSHOW TO COME IN. (Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Leigh Keno, antiques expert known for hosting the television show Antiques Roadshow with his twin brother Leslie, examines furniture in the home of a Hartford-area antiques collector, February 5, 2010. His company Keno Auctions will be holding it's inaugural auction in Stamford in May. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Dan Sillaman (L) white shirt in background, brought in this 1955 Les Paul with P-90 pickups on August 21, 2010. Richard Johnston, holding the Les Paul, is the appraiser for Musical Instruments at this event. Dan and his guitar were selected to be filmed for a later airing of Antiques Roadshow. Dan inherited this Les Paul from his father. Dan said his father had played in local bands that opened for country musician Roy Clark. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Anne Kaiser (C) in white top from Silver Spring found out her antique Marquetry Chest that has been in her family for over 100 years is worth about $5,000 on August 21, 2010. J. Michael Flanigan (L) with Antiques Roadshow gave Anne the appraisal. John Sollo, (R) is also an appraiser for today's Antiques Roadshow. Filming for Antiques Roadshow is going on in background. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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APPRAISER: "There's only a handful of these known."
APPRAISER: "This is probably worth somewhere in the range of between $70,000 and probably about $90,000)
MAN: "Well, that's very interesting."
Lucky for this man (who may just be the most relaxed person we've ever seen on the show), the value for the medallion has gone up over the last 15 years. The estimated value is now closer to between $200,000 and $300,000.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the medallion was carved by Samuel McIntire, who was known as the "Architect of Salem, [Massachusetts]" in the late 1700s.
At the time, Salem was a wealthy community with a booming shipping industry. McIntire was one of the finest architects during this era. Only eight copies of the Washington carvings exist in McIntire's inventory--and the appraiser suggests that this could be one of them.
The city of Salem has several buildings that were designed by McIntire--there is even a dedicated tour for visitors to experience his work firsthand.
But, if you're itching to get your hands on your own Samuel McIntire piece, there is a chair available for auction at Christie's for one easy payment of $663,000.