Lot 6466
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New York 2011 Americana Sale - 1/26/2011
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1858 New York Chamber of Commerce Atlantic Cable Completion Medal. Gold, 59.2mm, 93.9 grams. By Tiffany & Co. Choice About Uncirculated.


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$14,950.00
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1858 New York Chamber of Commerce Atlantic Cable Completion Medal. Gold, 59.2mm, 93.9 grams. By Tiffany & Co. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. British and American sailing ships laying cable on the open sea, inscription is engraved to Saml. Clements/ Asst. Engineer, R.N. (Royal Navy), COMMEMORATIVE OF THE PART TAKEN/ BY HIM/ IN LAYING THE/ FIRST/ TELEGRAPHIC CABLE/ BETWEEN/ EUROPE AND AMERICA, IN AUGUST A.D. 1858. Rev. Tiny Dove of Peace hovers over sailor and maiden string cable around the globe, tiny U.S. and British Arms, Chamber of Commerce emblem below. Prooflike surfaces bear some very light hairlines but no serious marks, making this the second finest of the five or six Gold examples known today.

The cable between Newfoundland and Ireland was the project of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, native Cyrus West Field (1819-1892), backed by Peter Cooper, Matthew Fontaine Maury and S.F.B. Morse. The 1858 celebration was short-lived, as the newly completed cable failed after a brief time but was restored in 1866.

From the Q. David Bowers Collection.

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1858 New York Chamber of Commerce Atlantic Cable Completion Medal. Gold, 59.2mm, 93.9 grams. By Tiffany & Co.  Choice About Uncirculated.
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1858 New York Chamber of Commerce Atlantic Cable Completion Medal. Gold, 59.2mm, 93.9 grams. By Tiffany & Co.  Choice About Uncirculated.
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