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Magnificent 1800 Washington Hero of Freedom Medal

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1800 Washington Hero of Freedom medal. Copper, 38.5 mm. Baker-79B. Choice Mint State. Coin turn. Put simply, the finest copper Hero of Freedom medal I've ever encountered. While the magnificent Ford collection of Washingtoniana (Ford II, May 2004) included two silver Hero of Freedoms (probably representing a full 1/3 of the surviving population) and a magnificent gilt bronze piece, Ford owned just two copper Hero of Freedoms: a fairly typical piece described as Extremely Fine, and another one struck over a 1797 Cartwheel penny that was graded Uncirculated. This specimen is not overstruck (though I do have an overstruck piece in stock: please inquire). Instead, it is struck on a deeply reflective, prooflikle, rich chocolate brown planchet, fully lustrous and truly impressive in hand. There are some minimal marks, but the rims are perfect. A circular area under AE in the lower right obverse looks like a flaw in the bronzing; it is neither spot, nor toning, nor post-striking flaw. A few lintmarks testify to the special polishing the dies received prior to striking this piece. While copper examples of this eulogistic Washington medal are not terribly rare, About Uncirculated is about as good as these typically come. Many are actually well worn (elsewhere on this site, you'll find one graded just Very Good). Most EF or AU pieces show normal coin-texture surfaces, not the polished and prooflike surfaces seen here, though high grade fire-gilt examples will often appear similarly prooflike. This is a special, connoisseur-quality example of one of the most important early Washington medals.

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 # 17006

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1800 Washington Hero of Freedom medal. Copper, 38.5 mm. Baker-79B. Choice Mint State. Coin turn. Put simply, the finest copper Hero of Freedom medal I've ever encountered. While the magnificent Ford collection of Washingtoniana (Ford II, May 2004) included two silver Hero of Freedoms (probably representing a full 1/3 of the surviving population) and a magnificent gilt bronze piece, Ford owned just two copper Hero of Freedoms: a fairly typical piece described as Extremely Fine, and another one struck over a 1797 Cartwheel penny that was graded Uncirculated. This specimen is not overstruck (though I do have an overstruck piece in stock: please inquire). Instead, it is struck on a deeply reflective, prooflikle, rich chocolate brown planchet, fully lustrous and truly impressive in hand. There are some minimal marks, but the rims are perfect. A circular area under AE in the lower right obverse looks like a flaw in the bronzing; it is neither spot, nor toning, nor post-striking flaw. A few lintmarks testify to the special polishing the dies received prior to striking this piece. While copper examples of this eulogistic Washington medal are not terribly rare, About Uncirculated is about as good as these typically come. Many are actually well worn (elsewhere on this site, you'll find one graded just Very Good). Most EF or AU pieces show normal coin-texture surfaces, not the polished and prooflike surfaces seen here, though high grade fire-gilt examples will often appear similarly prooflike. This is a special, connoisseur-quality example of one of the most important early Washington medals.

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 # 17006

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