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1799 Calendar medal by Peter Kempson, Birmingham. White metal, 39 mm. Choice Mint State. Fully lustrous and untoned, with reflective surfaces and ideal eye appeal. Aside from a short well hidden old scratch across the word "MAY" to beneath "JAN" on the obverse, this piece is an astoundingly preserved gem. Calendar medals were very popular in England, the Low Countries, France, and North America as early as the first decades of the 18th century, continuing through the mid 19th century. Of course, just like those little card calendars you're apt to get from your insurance agent and stick in your wallet, by the end of a year of carrying, most calendar medals were well worn. They were made cheaply, struck in cheap alloys, and carried for a solid year then, typically, disposed of. Needless to say, they are scarce in general but exceptionally rare in high grade. This one represents not just the end of the 18th century, but also the year Washington died, making it a nice association piece with a Washington Funeral medal. The man who struck this one, Peter Kempson, also struck a large number of Conder tokens, as well as a few American related issues like the Washington Liberty and Security pence and halfpence. One can easily imagine his calendar medals exported to American merchants and sold into the American marketplace.

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 # 17005

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Details

1799 Calendar medal by Peter Kempson, Birmingham. White metal, 39 mm. Choice Mint State. Fully lustrous and untoned, with reflective surfaces and ideal eye appeal. Aside from a short well hidden old scratch across the word "MAY" to beneath "JAN" on the obverse, this piece is an astoundingly preserved gem. Calendar medals were very popular in England, the Low Countries, France, and North America as early as the first decades of the 18th century, continuing through the mid 19th century. Of course, just like those little card calendars you're apt to get from your insurance agent and stick in your wallet, by the end of a year of carrying, most calendar medals were well worn. They were made cheaply, struck in cheap alloys, and carried for a solid year then, typically, disposed of. Needless to say, they are scarce in general but exceptionally rare in high grade. This one represents not just the end of the 18th century, but also the year Washington died, making it a nice association piece with a Washington Funeral medal. The man who struck this one, Peter Kempson, also struck a large number of Conder tokens, as well as a few American related issues like the Washington Liberty and Security pence and halfpence. One can easily imagine his calendar medals exported to American merchants and sold into the American marketplace.

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 # 17005

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