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Lot:1087 1787 Columbia and Washington Medal. Silver, 39.7 mm VF Details--Damage (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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1787 Columbia and Washington Medal. Silver, 39.7 mm VF Details--Damage (PCGS).403.7 grains. Coin turn. Struck on a cast planchet. An exciting example of this notable rarity. Attractive medium silver gray with hints of green and gold. Well centered and well struck on a cast planchet, whose pits above the mainsail of the <em>Columbia Rediviva</em>, the bigger ship on left, hidden among the waves just right of center, and scattered across the upper right obverse field are remnants of the planchet production process. A rim bruise at 6 oclock on the obverse below BY, another at 6 oclock on the reverse above AMERICA, and a smaller one above BOSTON below 3 oclock on the reverse are the most notable flaws, but magnification reveals scattered light scrapes and scratches on both sides. A batch of vertical pinscratches are seen on the left side of the obverse beneath COLUMBIA, and there are some scrapes among the right obverse legends. The reverse appears a full grade higher than the obverse and is also freer of defects. The eye appeal overall is excellent, but eye appeal alone is not this medals selling point: this medal appears to have been carried and used, perhaps distributed in a manner like Indian Peace medals or like the Resolution and Adventure medals that provided the original inspiration for this issue.<p><p>Anne Bentleys 1990 census of the silver Columbia and Washington medals, published in "The Columbia-Washington Medal" <em>(Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Societ</em>y, Third Series, Vol. 101 (1989), pp. 120-127) has held up remarkably well. Bentley listed five examples, three of which were impounded in institutional collections; they are the first five listed below. Syd found only two more, including this one.<p><p>1.Massachusetts Historical Society, ex William Sumner Appleton bequest, 1905.<p>2.Oregon Historical Society, ex Captain Robert Gray, commander of the <em>Lady Washington</em>. <p>3.Winterthur Museum, ex Alexander Vietor (1914-1981).<p>4.Richard August Collection.<p>5.John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, ex Eberstadt Americana, 1962. Earlier, from the W.W.C. <p>Wilson Collection (Wayte Raymond, November 1925, lot 818).<p>6.The present example. Ex. Baldwins - Jim King - Ted Craige - John Kraljevich.<p>7.A privately owned new discovery that surfaced in 2019. Tooled but authentic.<p><p><p>Michael Hodder listed six examples known to him at the time of the 2004 Ford V sale, but the last two pieces on his list were the same, The Ford medal and the Wilson medal are readily plate matched by the image in the 1925 W.W.C. Wilson catalog.<p><p>This piece was not listed by Hodder, as Ford had once incorrectly condemned it when it was owned by his friend Ted Craige. He detailed his condemnation in the introduction to Q. David Bowers classic <em>Adventures With Rare Coins</em> as a congratulatory story of how much he knew about medals; alas, all it revealed was that he didnt understand medals that were struck on cast planchets.<p><p>The silver Columbia and Washington medals may have been struck in two batches, as word of their existence in silver had already spread in 1787, but Paul Reveres waste book includes an invoice (cited by Bentley) billing Joseph Barrell for "6 silver blanks for medals" in May 1789. As the most noble form of the medal, it is possible that when the partners needed a new presentation item, they put the dies back into use. Bentley suggests that the medals could have been struck in 1789 to replace unsatisfactory ones, as both crude planchets and poor strikes plagued the production process from the beginning.<p><p>We know of just two previous auction appearances for a silver Columbia and Washington, one in 1925 and the other in 2004, both of the same specimen. The appearance of this piece at auction is a dramatic opportunity for a new generation of collectors.<p>.PCGS# 765401.<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 ex Baldwins (London); Jim King; Ted Craige Collection; Jim King; John Kraljevich, September 2009.

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