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A Relic of Washington's 1800 Boston Funeral Procession: the Funeral Urn Medal in Silver

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A Relic of Washington's 1800 Boston Funeral Procession: the Funeral Urn Medal in Silver

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1799 (i.e. February 1800) Washington Funeral Urn medal. Silver. Baker-166A. Fine Details, Obverse Scratched (NGC). One of the all-time classics in the Washington medal series, the Washington Funeral Urn medal is beloved by early numismatic Americana enthusiasts. These were produced by Jacob Perkins of Newburyport for distribution to those marching in the Boston civic procession of February 22, 1800, an enormous parade held two months after Washington's death to mark his passing and his 68th birthday. Coined in gold, silver, and white metal, most survivors show abundant wear, reflecting the fact that these medals were worn long after -- even decades after -- Washington's passing. This one shows nice even wear, along with several old scratches on the obverse that are worn themselves, blending into the deep antique gray patina. The scratches in the obverse fields do not affect the design elements, though the heavier scrapes on Washington's bust are more notable. The reverse is lovely and the GW initials on the urn remain crisp. While not perfect, this example remains a very presentable example of this famous early American medal, priced at an affordable level that allows most collectors to have the opportunity to acquire one of the most famous of all Washington pieces.

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Grading Service NGC Details
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Mint Location N/A
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SKU or Cert # 2576976004

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1799 (i.e. February 1800) Washington Funeral Urn medal. Silver. Baker-166A. Fine Details, Obverse Scratched (NGC). One of the all-time classics in the Washington medal series, the Washington Funeral Urn medal is beloved by early numismatic Americana enthusiasts. These were produced by Jacob Perkins of Newburyport for distribution to those marching in the Boston civic procession of February 22, 1800, an enormous parade held two months after Washington's death to mark his passing and his 68th birthday. Coined in gold, silver, and white metal, most survivors show abundant wear, reflecting the fact that these medals were worn long after -- even decades after -- Washington's passing. This one shows nice even wear, along with several old scratches on the obverse that are worn themselves, blending into the deep antique gray patina. The scratches in the obverse fields do not affect the design elements, though the heavier scrapes on Washington's bust are more notable. The reverse is lovely and the GW initials on the urn remain crisp. While not perfect, this example remains a very presentable example of this famous early American medal, priced at an affordable level that allows most collectors to have the opportunity to acquire one of the most famous of all Washington pieces.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC Details
Grade No
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2576976004

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