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The First Washington Medal ... Ever. The 1778 Voltaire Washington Medal

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From Presidential Coin and Antique's Sale 45, December 1988.

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1778 Washington Voltaire medal. Bronze, 40 mm. Betts-544, Baker-78. Extremely Fine. Glossy dark chocolate brown with smooth surfaces and very nice eye appeal. Some wear is seen, which is not entirely surprising; some medals were distributed exclusively to numismatists and are almost always seen in Mint State, while others like this saw a non-numismatic distribution and are often seen worn, damaged, or mishandled. This one shows a very old dull scratch behind Washington's head, a mark almost as old as the medal itself, and a few minor marks here and there. A glass reveals some old buildup in the intricacies of the devices. The detail is excellent, the edges and rims are well preserved, and the color is ideal. This is the only Washington medal actually struck during the American Revolution, in fact, it is the earliest medal ever struck to honor Washington. Two specimens of the GW Indian Peace medal (which was engraved, not struck) are known and are thought to have been produced in 1776; neither will ever be available for sale, as one is in the British Museum and the other is owned by the Micmac Tribe of Nova Scotia. The Voltaire medal, whose French reverse translates to "Washington combines the rare blend of a warrior's talents and a sage's virtues," is thought to have been produced in France through the agency of the author Voltaire, who saw Washington as an ideal leader in the age of the Enlightenment. Of course, he'd never met the man, and he thus had no idea what he looked like. Important to both Betts and Baker collectors, this Revolutionary War-age medal would be worth a fortune if it was just a little smaller, small enough to be called a "token" and put in the Red Book. Alas, it's a nice medal-size, and thus still trades at levels that should be considered a bargain.

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 # 18002

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Details

1778 Washington Voltaire medal. Bronze, 40 mm. Betts-544, Baker-78. Extremely Fine. Glossy dark chocolate brown with smooth surfaces and very nice eye appeal. Some wear is seen, which is not entirely surprising; some medals were distributed exclusively to numismatists and are almost always seen in Mint State, while others like this saw a non-numismatic distribution and are often seen worn, damaged, or mishandled. This one shows a very old dull scratch behind Washington's head, a mark almost as old as the medal itself, and a few minor marks here and there. A glass reveals some old buildup in the intricacies of the devices. The detail is excellent, the edges and rims are well preserved, and the color is ideal. This is the only Washington medal actually struck during the American Revolution, in fact, it is the earliest medal ever struck to honor Washington. Two specimens of the GW Indian Peace medal (which was engraved, not struck) are known and are thought to have been produced in 1776; neither will ever be available for sale, as one is in the British Museum and the other is owned by the Micmac Tribe of Nova Scotia. The Voltaire medal, whose French reverse translates to "Washington combines the rare blend of a warrior's talents and a sage's virtues," is thought to have been produced in France through the agency of the author Voltaire, who saw Washington as an ideal leader in the age of the Enlightenment. Of course, he'd never met the man, and he thus had no idea what he looked like. Important to both Betts and Baker collectors, this Revolutionary War-age medal would be worth a fortune if it was just a little smaller, small enough to be called a "token" and put in the Red Book. Alas, it's a nice medal-size, and thus still trades at levels that should be considered a bargain.

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 # 18002

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