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Legendary 1779 John Paul Jones Comitia Americana Medal

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1779 John Paul Jones Comitia Americana medal. Bronze, 56 mm. Betts-568, Julian NA-1. Paris Mint, original strike. About Uncirculated, once mounted. Plain edge, beveled in the manner of 18th century originals. A very early strike from Dupre's original dies, boasting strong reflectivity in both obverse and reverse fields. Both sides are medium brown with very attractive olive green toning blended with more subtle rose and gold. A trace of old verdigris is present inside Jones' ear and atop his head, along with a small patch above VL of PAVLO. The devices show very little friction on either side. No heavy nicks are present, though we note a little pit under Jones' bust and some very minor old hairline scratches, mostly confined to the upper left obverse. The medal was once deftly mounted at 12:00, with a light channel on the edge and traces of remaining silver around the very top of the obverse and reverse where the mount was once attached. I've seen another copper John Paul Jones medal with a nearly identical mounting, offered a decade ago in an English auction; it's possible some group of these was mounted soon after its production in 1789 for distribution as a military decoration. This one does not show the sort of damage usually associated with mounted medals, with no rim bruises, heavy nicks, nasty scratches, or the like. Were this not mounted, it would sell for vastly more than the offer price. To me, the idea that some veteran of the battle -- or someone else of historical import -- might have worn this as a decoration makes it a more interesting piece than one that sat in a medal cabinet since 1790. Either way, this is a rare original 18th century Comitia Americana medal, the only one awarded for a naval engagement, a legendary early American medal ranked as #35 in the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.

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 # 210017

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1779 John Paul Jones Comitia Americana medal. Bronze, 56 mm. Betts-568, Julian NA-1. Paris Mint, original strike. About Uncirculated, once mounted. Plain edge, beveled in the manner of 18th century originals. A very early strike from Dupre's original dies, boasting strong reflectivity in both obverse and reverse fields. Both sides are medium brown with very attractive olive green toning blended with more subtle rose and gold. A trace of old verdigris is present inside Jones' ear and atop his head, along with a small patch above VL of PAVLO. The devices show very little friction on either side. No heavy nicks are present, though we note a little pit under Jones' bust and some very minor old hairline scratches, mostly confined to the upper left obverse. The medal was once deftly mounted at 12:00, with a light channel on the edge and traces of remaining silver around the very top of the obverse and reverse where the mount was once attached. I've seen another copper John Paul Jones medal with a nearly identical mounting, offered a decade ago in an English auction; it's possible some group of these was mounted soon after its production in 1789 for distribution as a military decoration. This one does not show the sort of damage usually associated with mounted medals, with no rim bruises, heavy nicks, nasty scratches, or the like. Were this not mounted, it would sell for vastly more than the offer price. To me, the idea that some veteran of the battle -- or someone else of historical import -- might have worn this as a decoration makes it a more interesting piece than one that sat in a medal cabinet since 1790. Either way, this is a rare original 18th century Comitia Americana medal, the only one awarded for a naval engagement, a legendary early American medal ranked as #35 in the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.

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 # 210017

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