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Choice Grade 1790 Manly Medal

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1790 George Washington Manly medal. Bronze, 48 mm. Baker-61B. Choice About Uncirculated. Rich chocolate brown, glossy and somewhat lustrous, with outstanding eye appeal for this rarely-choice classic. Only the barest whisper of friction is visible, and I have little doubt the grading services (and most collectors) would call this Mint State. Some hints of mint color persist in the recessed areas of the peripheries. The strike is definitively bold, not only lacking the soft spots that sometimes plague the central reverse (no great surprise considering the relief of the portrait), but also not widely double struck, thus obliterating detail. The high rims are in pretty good shape, not perfect, but only showing a few marks; we note a tiny nick at 6:00 on the obverse and a subtle bruise at 1:00 and 7:00 on the reverse. The cast planchet shows no serious pitting, and there are few post-striking defects either.

This is one of the great medals in the Washingtoniana canon, struck during Washington's lifetime and as famous in its day as it is now. Manly medals were distributed from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Savannah, Georgia, with ads appearing in newspapers up and down the Eastern Seaboard, many of which quoted local political and military celebrities waxing eloquent on what a great likeness of Washington this medal was. Hundreds, maybe thousands, were sold mostly to non-numismatists who did not handle their medals carefully. Typical specimens will show rim abuse, damage, wear, even holes; they were clearly abundantly handled and well beloved. I've only had one better specimen in the last few years (this piece was traded in towards the purchase of that piece). Aside from the nice group in the 2004 Ford sale, the best I can recall at auction in the last decade was sold in the ANR Old Colony sale of 2005 (selling for $4370).

Ranked 17th in the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014025

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1790 George Washington Manly medal. Bronze, 48 mm. Baker-61B. Choice About Uncirculated. Rich chocolate brown, glossy and somewhat lustrous, with outstanding eye appeal for this rarely-choice classic. Only the barest whisper of friction is visible, and I have little doubt the grading services (and most collectors) would call this Mint State. Some hints of mint color persist in the recessed areas of the peripheries. The strike is definitively bold, not only lacking the soft spots that sometimes plague the central reverse (no great surprise considering the relief of the portrait), but also not widely double struck, thus obliterating detail. The high rims are in pretty good shape, not perfect, but only showing a few marks; we note a tiny nick at 6:00 on the obverse and a subtle bruise at 1:00 and 7:00 on the reverse. The cast planchet shows no serious pitting, and there are few post-striking defects either.

This is one of the great medals in the Washingtoniana canon, struck during Washington's lifetime and as famous in its day as it is now. Manly medals were distributed from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Savannah, Georgia, with ads appearing in newspapers up and down the Eastern Seaboard, many of which quoted local political and military celebrities waxing eloquent on what a great likeness of Washington this medal was. Hundreds, maybe thousands, were sold mostly to non-numismatists who did not handle their medals carefully. Typical specimens will show rim abuse, damage, wear, even holes; they were clearly abundantly handled and well beloved. I've only had one better specimen in the last few years (this piece was traded in towards the purchase of that piece). Aside from the nice group in the 2004 Ford sale, the best I can recall at auction in the last decade was sold in the ANR Old Colony sale of 2005 (selling for $4370).

Ranked 17th in the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014025

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