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1808 Benjamin Rush Sydenham medal. Bronze, 42 mm. Julian PE-30, Neuzil 47. Extremely Fine.

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1808 Benjamin Rush Sydenham medal. Bronze, 42 mm. Julian PE-30, Neuzil 47. Extremely Fine.

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1808 Benjamin Rush Sydenham medal. Bronze, 42 mm. Julian PE-30, Neuzil 47. Extremely Fine. A great rarity among US Mint medals, struck shortly after Moritz Furst's arrival in the US in 1807 and apparently never restruck. In 1889, Horatio Storer, the great documenter of all medals related to medicine, noted "I have this medal of Dr. Rush both in bronze and lead. It is also at the Surgeon- General's Office at Washington, from the Lee Collection, in the former of these metals. It is very rare, and seems unknown to all numismatic writers." The reason why this medal was never restruck after its initial 1808 production run is obvious: the dies were given to the family, where they remained until 1869, when descendants donated them to the Library Company of Philadelphia. In bronze, it appears just a handful exist, almost certainly fewer than 10. Carlson found just 14 records between 1855 and 1986 in both auction and private transactions. While the Ford Collection included two in silver, that appears to be 66% of the entire known mintage! Notably, he did not own a specimen in bronze; surely had Ford had the chance to acquire one, he would have, and the same could be said for F.C.C. Boyd, whose medal cabinet made up the vast bulk of Ford's. The only choice example of this medal I've ever seen in bronze is in the ANS. I've owned one other, and it was remarkably similar to this one: pleasing medium brown with smooth surfaces and bold detail, but with some rim flaws. This one has a rather heavy nick at 3:00 and a small bruise just left of 12:00 on the obverse; the reverse shows a little abrasion at 6:00, a small nick at 10:00, and a few more minor issues. The legend "Read, Think, Observe," a quote from one of Rush's lectures, is still legible. Sydenham is as well, referring to Rush's home outside of Philadelphia, now in the middle of North Philly. Rush was one of the best connected of the Founding Fathers, a renowned physician, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who continued to be an important national force for decades afterwards. This medal was likely the property of one of his contemporary admirers, and its rarity even then undoubtedly made this medal an object of admiration as well.

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1808 Benjamin Rush Sydenham medal. Bronze, 42 mm. Julian PE-30, Neuzil 47. Extremely Fine. A great rarity among US Mint medals, struck shortly after Moritz Furst's arrival in the US in 1807 and apparently never restruck. In 1889, Horatio Storer, the great documenter of all medals related to medicine, noted "I have this medal of Dr. Rush both in bronze and lead. It is also at the Surgeon- General's Office at Washington, from the Lee Collection, in the former of these metals. It is very rare, and seems unknown to all numismatic writers." The reason why this medal was never restruck after its initial 1808 production run is obvious: the dies were given to the family, where they remained until 1869, when descendants donated them to the Library Company of Philadelphia. In bronze, it appears just a handful exist, almost certainly fewer than 10. Carlson found just 14 records between 1855 and 1986 in both auction and private transactions. While the Ford Collection included two in silver, that appears to be 66% of the entire known mintage! Notably, he did not own a specimen in bronze; surely had Ford had the chance to acquire one, he would have, and the same could be said for F.C.C. Boyd, whose medal cabinet made up the vast bulk of Ford's. The only choice example of this medal I've ever seen in bronze is in the ANS. I've owned one other, and it was remarkably similar to this one: pleasing medium brown with smooth surfaces and bold detail, but with some rim flaws. This one has a rather heavy nick at 3:00 and a small bruise just left of 12:00 on the obverse; the reverse shows a little abrasion at 6:00, a small nick at 10:00, and a few more minor issues. The legend "Read, Think, Observe," a quote from one of Rush's lectures, is still legible. Sydenham is as well, referring to Rush's home outside of Philadelphia, now in the middle of North Philly. Rush was one of the best connected of the Founding Fathers, a renowned physician, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who continued to be an important national force for decades afterwards. This medal was likely the property of one of his contemporary admirers, and its rarity even then undoubtedly made this medal an object of admiration as well.

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Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 50012003

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