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Lot:44 Washington Before Boston medal. Third Paris Mint issue. First Issued “Original” Obverse / Second Iss

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Washington Before Boston medal. Third Paris Mint issue. First Issued “Original” Obverse / Second Issued Reverse with Corrected Date. Musante GW-09-P2A, Baker-48. Bronze. Plain Edge. About Uncirculated.<p>68.3 mm, 2286.4 grains. Attractive medium brown with nuances of pale mahogany in the fields and slightly olive brown color on the reliefs. Scattered flecks of darker patina are distributed through the right obverse field. Gentle traces of reflectivity remain in the obverse fields, while the reverse is a bit more satiny in appearance due to the die alterations accomplished before this rare variant was produced, discussed later. A few small marks are noted on the obverse, the most notable a short nick in the field right of Washington’s neck, and a some very light but fresher abrasions right of his nose and forehead. Traces of light and regular filing on the rims to smooth out the wires left from the multiple impressions of the dies, as is frequently seen and part of the original finishing. Slight evidence of double striking is noted in the lower reverse, but some of the outlines are undoubtedly from reworking of the die. <strong><p></strong><p><p> <p>This “corrected die” variant is a fascinating piece in the story of the Washington Before Boston medals. It speaks to the value of a finished medallic die, and the relative difficulty (and cost) involved in preparing a new one—even for the Paris Mint. Once the erroneously entered date was discovered, as seen in the preceding lot, the reverse die was pulled from service and steps were taken to correct the error. Rather than replacing the die with a new one, as might be done today, this die was extensively reworked. The fields have been heavily ground down, and numerous pronounced and long file marks are seen throughout. It does not seem that the die was ground enough to completely efface the exergual inscription, but this would not be necessary given the correction to be made. The surface of the die was probably taken down only to the point that the serifs of the misplaced M were removed or weakened. What is clear, however, is that this entire inscription was repunched, and some of the letter punches used were different than those originally employed. The shapes of the Cs, for example, are slightly different than those originally used. The primary inscription around the upper portion of the die was also seemingly sharpened, but more carefully so. It is notable that the letter I punch in the error reverse is defective at its base, while it is corrected on this die. Additionally, it is worth noting two areas of die damage that occurred, apparently during the refurbishing process. A small raised lump is seen among the horse hooves, and a small raised mound is noted by the second X of the date, this defect expanded in size with later strikes (as seen here, when compared to the John W. Adams specimen, which is in an earlier state).<p><p><p> <p>It is possible that an attempt at softening the die steel was made in advance of the extensive reworking to be done. This would have made the repair work easier to accomplish, but it would have also weakened the overall integrity of the die steel going forward, rendering it much more susceptible to chipping and other failures. Interestingly, this die did indeed fail, and seemingly soon after it was returned to use. The large arcing die break extending from Washington’s hat across the field began as a bulge and quickly formed the long break seen here. And, this is not simply a crack, but rather a significant break with sinking on one side, forming a shallow, ragged ledge. This points to a more severe internal die failure than simply a thin separation of the steel, as are most cracks. In addition, there is a secondary bulge arcing across the upper reverse. This is one of just nine examples known to us of this Third Paris Mint issue. <p>From the Collection of Marc McDonald. Earlier ex Dan Hanson Collection, Presidential Coin and Antique, November 2002, lot 123; Presidential Coin and Antique, December 2004, lot 226.<p>