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1779 DeFleury at Stony Point Medal, US Mint Dies, Ca. 1880

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1779 DeFleury at Stony Point Medal, US Mint Dies, Ca. 1880

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1779 (i.e. 1880) Col. DeFleury at Stony Point medal. US Mint copy dies. Bronze, 46 mm. Julian MI-4, as Betts-566. Choice Mint State. A beautiful example, essentially gem quality, of this very rare US Mint produced version of an even rarer Comitia Americana medal. Just 47 specimens of this medal were struck between 1882 and 1904, all in bronze, from dies marked REPRODUCTION 1880 at the base of the reverse. The obverse is fine ruddy mahogany with deeply reflective fields showing multicolored pastel hues under raking light. The reverse is more glossy and lustrous, the fields not produced with the same reflective sheen as those on the obverse, the patina closer to chocolate. Free of problems, just a light dusting of old surface verdigris around the obverse peripheries, doing no harm at all. As described under the electrotype of the DeFleury medal currently in inventory, there are very few ways to represent this rarity in a Comitia Americana collection. Most in the 19th century satisfied themselves with an electrotype, and surely pent-up demand from their collector-customers convinced the US Mint to undergo the time and expense of creating these dies. With its tiny mintage, this remains a very rare medal, copy though it may be; it would be interesting to know if the Mint even made its initial investment into these dies back. Today, examples of this US Mint copy are avidly sought, but rarely are they found in such superb condition.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 16002

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1779 (i.e. 1880) Col. DeFleury at Stony Point medal. US Mint copy dies. Bronze, 46 mm. Julian MI-4, as Betts-566. Choice Mint State. A beautiful example, essentially gem quality, of this very rare US Mint produced version of an even rarer Comitia Americana medal. Just 47 specimens of this medal were struck between 1882 and 1904, all in bronze, from dies marked REPRODUCTION 1880 at the base of the reverse. The obverse is fine ruddy mahogany with deeply reflective fields showing multicolored pastel hues under raking light. The reverse is more glossy and lustrous, the fields not produced with the same reflective sheen as those on the obverse, the patina closer to chocolate. Free of problems, just a light dusting of old surface verdigris around the obverse peripheries, doing no harm at all. As described under the electrotype of the DeFleury medal currently in inventory, there are very few ways to represent this rarity in a Comitia Americana collection. Most in the 19th century satisfied themselves with an electrotype, and surely pent-up demand from their collector-customers convinced the US Mint to undergo the time and expense of creating these dies. With its tiny mintage, this remains a very rare medal, copy though it may be; it would be interesting to know if the Mint even made its initial investment into these dies back. Today, examples of this US Mint copy are avidly sought, but rarely are they found in such superb condition.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 16002

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