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1783 Treaty of Paris Medal, Betts-610, By Johann Reich the Elder

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1783 Treaty of Paris Medal, Betts-610, By Johann Reich the Elder

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1783 Treaty of Paris medal. Betts-610. White metal with copper scavenger, 43.5 mm. About Uncirculated. A busy pastiche of imagery, accomplished by Johann Christian Reich, father of John Reich of the U.S. Mint. The obverse depicts America, holding a Liberty cap and pole and supporting a 13-striped shield at her feet, shaking hands with a laurel-holding Europe, surrounded by the shields of Germany, France, England, and Spain. In the background at 9:00 and 3:00, the sieges at Port Mahon and Gibraltar are depicted, while at 12:00 the Eye of Providence oversees the whole scene. On the reverse, Peace and Plenty puts her foot atop Mars, the warrior, while a Fame heralds "Etat Pax" or a state of peace above. This piece retains some lustre, while showing minor evidence of handling like scattered minor ticks and a few hairlines. The copper scavenger, seen in the exergue on both sides, did its job, collecting corrosion while leaving the white metal surfaces free of any roughness or oxidation. This inexpensively-made medal was clearly distributed mainly to non-numismatists, and many surviving examples show significant wear and handling. While not Mint State, this piece offers strong appeal.

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 # 16004

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1783 Treaty of Paris medal. Betts-610. White metal with copper scavenger, 43.5 mm. About Uncirculated. A busy pastiche of imagery, accomplished by Johann Christian Reich, father of John Reich of the U.S. Mint. The obverse depicts America, holding a Liberty cap and pole and supporting a 13-striped shield at her feet, shaking hands with a laurel-holding Europe, surrounded by the shields of Germany, France, England, and Spain. In the background at 9:00 and 3:00, the sieges at Port Mahon and Gibraltar are depicted, while at 12:00 the Eye of Providence oversees the whole scene. On the reverse, Peace and Plenty puts her foot atop Mars, the warrior, while a Fame heralds "Etat Pax" or a state of peace above. This piece retains some lustre, while showing minor evidence of handling like scattered minor ticks and a few hairlines. The copper scavenger, seen in the exergue on both sides, did its job, collecting corrosion while leaving the white metal surfaces free of any roughness or oxidation. This inexpensively-made medal was clearly distributed mainly to non-numismatists, and many surviving examples show significant wear and handling. While not Mint State, this piece offers strong appeal.

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 # 16004

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