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Lot:40370 1954年美国准将马修佩里美日条约银章 PCGS SP 62 C. Perry Treaty with Japan Silver Medal

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1954年美国准将马修佩里美日条约银章。费城造币厂。"直径63 mm。由Francis N. Mitchell铸造。正面佩里头像向左;反面:14行铭文,禾穗围绕。原厂币面,锡灰色泽,币缘及设计的凹入部分透现深橄榄赤褐色及钴蓝色泽。半镜面底板在灯光下转动可见粼粼光泽,缎面图文,细节完整。此评分而言品相极佳,值得更高评分。

此版仅有一枚金铸,当时颁予准将佩里本人。 及后此金章了行踪成谜。曾被误以为已被熔毁,直至在2007年公开拍卖中重现,方才解开谜团。连原盒的金章当时在缅因州的拍卖以165,000美元成交。另有二十枚同款的银章,有数枚颁予给佩里的上司,另外107枚铜章则颁予给佩里的下属及进行公开销售。通过炮舰外交,准将佩里成功鬆绑日本的锁国政策。当时佩里率舰队驶入日本海域,并带著美国总统米勒德-菲尔莫尔的国书向江户幕府致意,史称黑船事件,及后黑船亦泛指外交的威吓手段。这次亦是最后一次有历史记录日本派出忍者参与军事行动。

当时,日本忍者泽村康介奉命登上佩里的军舰,意在搜集情报,揭露佩里的意图。忍者虽成功登船,但只成功蒐集到一些文件及了解到军舰的内部结构;基于语言障碍,他在搜集有战略价值的情报时遇上困难。翻译情报时,文字描述如:"在床上颂扬法国女性的欢乐"及"厨房有英国女性",都是船员的信件描述如何剥削女性及食谱,军事价值成疑。二十枚的银章中,有些已纳入博物馆藏,另一些亦曾经修複,此枚银章历史价值丰富,品相首屈一指,是千载难逢的竞投机会。"

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Commodore Matthew C. Perry Treaty with Japan Silver Medal, 1854 (1856). Philadelphia Mint. PCGS SPECIMEN-62.Julian PE-26. Diameter: 63 mm. By Francis N. Mitchell. Obverse: Bust of Perry left; Reverse: 14-line inscription within wreath. Richly original surfaces are bathed in warm pewter gray patina, the protected areas around the rims and design elements with deeper olive-russet and cobalt blue highlights. Semi-reflective fields shine forth nicely as the surfaces dip into a light, the devices satiny in texture with sharp to full striking detail. Smoother in hand than one might expect at the assigned grade level, this premium quality specimen is nearly in the Choice category.Of this medal, only one example was struck in gold, which was awarded to Commodore Perry himself. The gold medal was thought to have been lost and possibly melted until it appeared at auction in 2007. Accompanied with its original box the gold medal sold for $165,000 at auction in Rockland, Maine. Another 20 examples were struck in silver, several of which were awarded to Perrys higher ranking officers, and 107 examples were struck in bronze for award to lower ranking officers and sale to the public.Through "battleship diplomacy" Commodore Perry was able to negotiate the opening of the then-closed Japan to foreign trade. By anchoring a group of warships in Japanese waters, Perry was able to force negotiations with Japan, demanding permission to deliver a letter from President Millard Fillmore. The boats were referred to by the Japanese as "Black Ships," a term that later became synonymous with threatening foreign powers. The final recorded military mission in Japan that involved ninja activity was during this event. The Japanese sent ninja Sawamura Yasusuke to board Perrys ship with instructions to gather information that would reveal the commodores intentions. While the ninja was successful in boarding the commodores ship, the success of the mission is questionable. Sawamura Yasusuke was able to gather some paper documents as well as make detailed descriptions of the ships. However the linguistics barrier hindered him from gathering documents that were of any strategic value. When translated, the documents showed to be letters describing, "extolling the delights of French women in bed," and "British women in kitchens." Essentially letters from sailors describing exploits with women and cooking recipes.Of the 20 examples struck in silver, some are impounded in institutional and museum collections, and several others are impaired, these facts confirming the fleeting bidding opportunity represented in our offering of this handsome piece.