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1836 Benjamin Franklin Boston School Medal. Silver. Greenslet GM-354, Fuld FR.M.BO.4. By Wright and Bale.

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1836 Benjamin Franklin Boston School Medal. Silver. Greenslet GM-354, Fuld FR.M.BO.4. By Wright and Bale.

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1836 Benjamin Franklin Boston School Medal. Silver, 32 mm. Greenslet GM-354, Fuld FR.M.BO.4. Choice About Uncirculated. Holed for suspension, as issued. Engraved to E.C. Crosby, 1836. Light golden toning graces lustrous and reflective silver gray surfaces, while violet and blue tones gather at the rims. A really beautiful specimen, not polished to death like most school medals, but retaining much of its original surfaces with just some minor hairlines on each side. Rims are intact, no bad marks, very choice overall. While the later type of Boston School medal (Julian SC-11) is extremely common, and an earlier type featuring crossed quills and a book but no Franklin portrait is occasionally encountered, this type is very elusive. The obverse depicts a fine portrait of Franklin to left and the signature of Wright and Bale beneath. The reverse is signed STIMPSON for George Stimpson, a little-known Boston die sinker of the early 19th century. Interestingly, he had sons named Washington and Jefferson, but none were named Franklin. (He also had another son George and a daughter named Martha.) The Crosby name, of course, has a great deal of meaning in numismatics, and Sylvester S. Crosby was from the Boston area, but I couldn't say that E.C. Crosby was necessarily a relative. In the world of Franklin portrait medals, this has the advantages of being signed, being rare, being attractive, and being early. This is the first I've owned. Ex Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Stack's, January 2005, Lot 2292).

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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 # 10013004

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1836 Benjamin Franklin Boston School Medal. Silver, 32 mm. Greenslet GM-354, Fuld FR.M.BO.4. Choice About Uncirculated. Holed for suspension, as issued. Engraved to E.C. Crosby, 1836. Light golden toning graces lustrous and reflective silver gray surfaces, while violet and blue tones gather at the rims. A really beautiful specimen, not polished to death like most school medals, but retaining much of its original surfaces with just some minor hairlines on each side. Rims are intact, no bad marks, very choice overall. While the later type of Boston School medal (Julian SC-11) is extremely common, and an earlier type featuring crossed quills and a book but no Franklin portrait is occasionally encountered, this type is very elusive. The obverse depicts a fine portrait of Franklin to left and the signature of Wright and Bale beneath. The reverse is signed STIMPSON for George Stimpson, a little-known Boston die sinker of the early 19th century. Interestingly, he had sons named Washington and Jefferson, but none were named Franklin. (He also had another son George and a daughter named Martha.) The Crosby name, of course, has a great deal of meaning in numismatics, and Sylvester S. Crosby was from the Boston area, but I couldn't say that E.C. Crosby was necessarily a relative. In the world of Franklin portrait medals, this has the advantages of being signed, being rare, being attractive, and being early. This is the first I've owned. Ex Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Stack's, January 2005, Lot 2292).

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 # 10013004

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