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首席收藏网 > 数据中心 > Stack's Bowers and Ponterio > SBP2023年11月加州#1-Sydney F. Martin集藏

Lot:1029 1780 Treaty of Armed Neutrality Medal. Betts-571. Silver, 49.4 mm. MS-60 (PCGS).

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SBP2023年11月加州#1-Sydney F. Martin集藏

2023-11-14 01:00:00

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1780 Treaty of Armed Neutrality Medal. Betts-571. Silver, 49.4 mm. MS-60 (PCGS).An elusive and impressive medal showcasing the work of masterful Dutch engraver John Georg Holtzhey. Nicely reflective silver gray with subtle golden toning and deeper tones at the peripheries. Scattered marks and hairlines are seen on both sides, typical of the issue; for some reason, aside from Fords primary piece, every one weve seen has endured significant handling. A few nicks are seen in the right obverse field, but the diagonal scratches from the lower left reverse field to the upper right are probably the issue of greatest visual consequence. The toning is attractive and the designs are nicely detailed. John Ford did not acquire an example of this medal until 1978, meaning that none were included in the Boyd or Raymond holdings (and that he had no luck finding one through other contacts for his first 40 years in the business). We have not offered a specimen since 2016.<p>Struck to commemorate the Russian entry into the League of Armed Neutrality, this medal depicts Catherine the Great on the obverse and a triumphant Poseidon on the reverse, celebrating MARE LIBERVM or "a free ocean" with Mercury, signifying commerce, and a Dutch trader. The shields of the four members of the League are depicted at the center: Russia, Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands.<p>The Betts medal series is the longest and broadest of any numismatic specialty that can call itself "American," ranging from just decades after the voyages of Christopher Columbus until well into the 19th century. Its geographic span is no less impressive, encompassing medals depicting people and places associated with no fewer than four continents (five if the Resolution and Adventure medal is counted for its Australian history). Among the more than 600 listings in the Betts work, this is the only medal that depicts a Russian monarch. This medal is very scarce, but its ability to place the American Revolution in a more global context makes it quite important.<p><p>.PCGS# 926049.<strong>To view supplemental information and all items from the Sydney F. Martin Collection, click<a href="https://stacksbowers.com/sydney-f-martin-collection/"target=’_blank’> here.</a></strong>.From the Sydney F. Martin Collection. Earlier from Presidential Coin and Antique Companys Auction 80, June 2010, lot 371.

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