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Superbly Toned 1782 Betts-604, As Given to John Adams

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1782 Dutch-American Treaty of Commerce medal. Silver, 45 mm. Betts-604. About Uncirculated. Deeply reflective on both sides and stunningly toned, with a wealth of pastel blue, gold, violet and rose toning, brightest around the reverse periphery. Some light evidence of handling is seen, manifesting in scattered tiny marks in the fields, but the eye appeal and originality are both superb. A well-documented and historic medal by the gifted engraver Johann Georg Holtzhey, the foremost Dutch medallist of his age, the Betts-604 was struck to commemorate a commercial treaty signed between the Netherlands and the nascent United States on October 7, 1782. Holtzhey sent a specimen of this medal to the primary American negotiator of that treaty, John Adams, in December 1782, and Adams wrote back promptly to thank him, saying "These events are worthy of your ingenuity, sir, and deserve to be remembered by posterity, not only for the blessings which will be derived to the two nations, but by the influence they have had in accelerating the disposition of Great Britain for a general peace." Adams also mentioned this medal in a letter home to Abigail, snarkily noting "Their Records are full of me, and my Veins are full of their Stagnant Water, they send me Medals too to perpetuate the Remembrance." I wrote a long colum for The Numismatist (April 2011) about this medal and a few other related medals from Adams' time in the Netherlands that would make something of a nice short set if collected together. This medal stands out among others of its era for its artistry, its history, and direct relationship to America's era of independence. 

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 # 17002

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1782 Dutch-American Treaty of Commerce medal. Silver, 45 mm. Betts-604. About Uncirculated. Deeply reflective on both sides and stunningly toned, with a wealth of pastel blue, gold, violet and rose toning, brightest around the reverse periphery. Some light evidence of handling is seen, manifesting in scattered tiny marks in the fields, but the eye appeal and originality are both superb. A well-documented and historic medal by the gifted engraver Johann Georg Holtzhey, the foremost Dutch medallist of his age, the Betts-604 was struck to commemorate a commercial treaty signed between the Netherlands and the nascent United States on October 7, 1782. Holtzhey sent a specimen of this medal to the primary American negotiator of that treaty, John Adams, in December 1782, and Adams wrote back promptly to thank him, saying "These events are worthy of your ingenuity, sir, and deserve to be remembered by posterity, not only for the blessings which will be derived to the two nations, but by the influence they have had in accelerating the disposition of Great Britain for a general peace." Adams also mentioned this medal in a letter home to Abigail, snarkily noting "Their Records are full of me, and my Veins are full of their Stagnant Water, they send me Medals too to perpetuate the Remembrance." I wrote a long colum for The Numismatist (April 2011) about this medal and a few other related medals from Adams' time in the Netherlands that would make something of a nice short set if collected together. This medal stands out among others of its era for its artistry, its history, and direct relationship to America's era of independence. 

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 # 17002

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