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1758 Louisbourg Taken medal. Bronze, 44 mm. Betts-410. Choice Mint State. An exceptional quality specimen of one of the keystone medallic productions of the French and Indian War era. Exquisitely preserved, far better than most, with rich chocolate brown surfaces showing thorough lustre, attractive reflectivity, and a halo of faded original color around the upper reverse. The devices show three discrete strikes on the reverse. Only microscopic marks are seen, aside from an old and well hidden scrape within the skyline of the town of Louisbourg at the right side of the reverse, extending to the last two digits of the date. Notably, this appears to be struck from the very earliest state of the reverse on record. The gold and silver medals seem to have been struck first, as all (or at least the great majority) are struck from a perfect reverse die state. The copper pieces, though, often show a crack near 4:00 on the reverse. The unfortunately cleaned Adams piece was a relatively early die state, while the nice quality Newman piece was about the latest state seen. The Ford examples (three of them!) were all intermediate states, and the ANS example is nearly as late as Newman's. None of the notable Betts collections have included a perfect state copper specimen like this one. Even LaRiviere's, which was holed for contemporary display as a decoration, showed the crack.

While there are a goodly number of commemorative medals from the French and Indian War, the Louisbourg Taken medal stands astride the divide between commemorative medal and military decoration. Gold specimens with hangers were officially distributed to admirals and generals who took part in the action, while other officers wore silver examples on hangers; most silver specimens seen today are quite worn. The reverse design is far from fanciful, and it actually depicts Louisbourg and her harbor in accurate detail. The moment seen here, showing the French ships Prudent and Bienfaisant, is likewise shown in a contemporary painting with many of the same details. The battle for Louisbourg included thousands of American troops, and its capure was one of the signal British victories that allowed for the conquest of the entire continent.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 120026

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1758 Louisbourg Taken medal. Bronze, 44 mm. Betts-410. Choice Mint State. An exceptional quality specimen of one of the keystone medallic productions of the French and Indian War era. Exquisitely preserved, far better than most, with rich chocolate brown surfaces showing thorough lustre, attractive reflectivity, and a halo of faded original color around the upper reverse. The devices show three discrete strikes on the reverse. Only microscopic marks are seen, aside from an old and well hidden scrape within the skyline of the town of Louisbourg at the right side of the reverse, extending to the last two digits of the date. Notably, this appears to be struck from the very earliest state of the reverse on record. The gold and silver medals seem to have been struck first, as all (or at least the great majority) are struck from a perfect reverse die state. The copper pieces, though, often show a crack near 4:00 on the reverse. The unfortunately cleaned Adams piece was a relatively early die state, while the nice quality Newman piece was about the latest state seen. The Ford examples (three of them!) were all intermediate states, and the ANS example is nearly as late as Newman's. None of the notable Betts collections have included a perfect state copper specimen like this one. Even LaRiviere's, which was holed for contemporary display as a decoration, showed the crack.

While there are a goodly number of commemorative medals from the French and Indian War, the Louisbourg Taken medal stands astride the divide between commemorative medal and military decoration. Gold specimens with hangers were officially distributed to admirals and generals who took part in the action, while other officers wore silver examples on hangers; most silver specimens seen today are quite worn. The reverse design is far from fanciful, and it actually depicts Louisbourg and her harbor in accurate detail. The moment seen here, showing the French ships Prudent and Bienfaisant, is likewise shown in a contemporary painting with many of the same details. The battle for Louisbourg included thousands of American troops, and its capure was one of the signal British victories that allowed for the conquest of the entire continent.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 120026

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