Lot 6710
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The Americana Sale - 1/16/2007
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1799 George Washington Funeral Urn Medal.


Price Realized:
$27,600.00
Item Description

1799 George Washington Funeral Urn Medal. Small bust obverse type, GW initials on base of urn reverse type. Of exceptional rarity: new dies unlisted by Baker or Fuld, this obverse/reverse type combination also unlisted by Baker or Fuld. Plain edge. White metal. 26.7 mm. 85.8 gns. Reverse struck medal turn. Very Fine or very nearly so and of exceptional quality for the GW on base type. As Fuld notes in his cataloguing of the type: "It is certainly a mystery why no well preserved specimens of [the type] have been noted." The GW initials on the base of the urn on the reverse are very bold, more so than on most others seen of this type. The presently offered piece is a nice, fairly even medium pewter gray in color. The obverse surface still shows some of the gloss from its initial striking while the reverse is a trifle rougher. There are no dents, nicks, or scratches that mar the piece. The hole was put through at the top of the obverse just to the lower right of E in THE but only just touches the end of the lowest bar of the letter. Washington's portrait is clear despite the short flaw on his head. The legend on the obverse is marred at the upper left by horizontal lines that are as made while that on the reverse is very soft around the upper right. The piece seems to be a little dished. Struck from unrecorded dies in an unrecorded type marriage and showing significantly different legends on both sides. Obverse: two berries under W, two under L, two under second N, no IS legend HE IN GLORY, THE WORLD IN TEARS. Without the word IS this is the legend found on the gold oval uniface shells that were made into mourning lockets and other framed items sold to the public when Washington died. It is not found on the solid struck medals of the Skull and Crossbones or Funeral urn types and is here reported as the first time this cataloguer has seen it so. Reverse U.S. to left of tip of urn, U.S.A. The legend around, B.F.II.1732.G.A.ARM.75.R.83.P.U.S.A.89.R.96.G.ARM.U.S.98.OB.DI.4.1799, is of the type found on the funeral urn medals without GW on the base but until now not on those with GW on the base (the former have P. U.S.A., as here, while the latter usually have P.U.A.). Of exceptional rarity not only for the new dies but even for the reverse type with GW initials on the urn. The celebrated Ford Collection, that had six silver skull and crossbones medals and four gold funeral urn medals actually lacked one of the G.W. initials on urn type.



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