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(1766) William Pitt medalet. Brass, 31 mm. Betts-514. Fine.

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(1766) William Pitt medalet. Brass, 31 mm. Betts-514. Fine.

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(1766) William Pitt medalet. Brass, 31 mm. Betts-514. Fine. A very rare little medalet, one that almost always comes well worn. The more common Pitt commemorative medals of this era (like the famed "Pitt token" and Betts-516) are seen dozens of times more often than this medalet of the era. Its design is clearly patterned after Betts-516 (which thereafter inspired the copycat Betts-515 and 517 varieties). The obverse legend reads RIGHT HONORABLE WILL PITT ESQ., while the reverse parrots that of Betts-516: THE MAN WHO HAVING SAVED THE PARENT PLEADED WITH SUCCESS FOR HER CHILDREN. Ford owned two of these, one sharp but corroded, the other pleasing but worn and once cleaned. This one is likewise worn, with golden brown surfaces showing some old hairlines from non-numismatic handling. There are some small areas of shallow surface corrosion, like inside the obverse rim above 9:00 and atop the reverse, but its stable and comes with the territory on this cheap brass alloy. The apparently fingerprint visible in the image is not present on the medal. Laurence Brown called this medal RRRR (of the highest rarity) in British Historical Medals. It is telling that the specimens in Norweb (Part I, sold alongside her Pitt Token and Pitt farthing) and LaRiviere were not much nicer than this one.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014003

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(1766) William Pitt medalet. Brass, 31 mm. Betts-514. Fine. A very rare little medalet, one that almost always comes well worn. The more common Pitt commemorative medals of this era (like the famed "Pitt token" and Betts-516) are seen dozens of times more often than this medalet of the era. Its design is clearly patterned after Betts-516 (which thereafter inspired the copycat Betts-515 and 517 varieties). The obverse legend reads RIGHT HONORABLE WILL PITT ESQ., while the reverse parrots that of Betts-516: THE MAN WHO HAVING SAVED THE PARENT PLEADED WITH SUCCESS FOR HER CHILDREN. Ford owned two of these, one sharp but corroded, the other pleasing but worn and once cleaned. This one is likewise worn, with golden brown surfaces showing some old hairlines from non-numismatic handling. There are some small areas of shallow surface corrosion, like inside the obverse rim above 9:00 and atop the reverse, but its stable and comes with the territory on this cheap brass alloy. The apparently fingerprint visible in the image is not present on the medal. Laurence Brown called this medal RRRR (of the highest rarity) in British Historical Medals. It is telling that the specimens in Norweb (Part I, sold alongside her Pitt Token and Pitt farthing) and LaRiviere were not much nicer than this one.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014003

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