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1842 Croton Aqueduct medal. White metal. By Robert Lovett. Superb condition.

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1842 Croton Aqueduct medal. White metal. By Robert Lovett. Superb condition.

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SKU: 147

$925.00

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1842 Croton Aqueduct Completion medal by Robert Lovett, Sr. White metal, 51 mm. Mint State. A classic American medal of its era, too little known though still appreciated by specialists. Too big to gain a place among the so-called dollars, struck outside the Mint and thus excluded from Julian, this is one of a great number of fascinating American historical medal rarities that would have a great deal to gain from an omnibus reference on American medals. The dies, by the patriarch of the famed Lovett family of engravers, depict a cross-section of the great aqueduct on one side and the Manhattan reservoir (now the location of the New York Public Library at 42nd and Fifth Avenue) on the other. The legends read like the back of a baseball card, full of statistics on the amount of water that flows through the aqueduct (60,000 gallons a day!), its slow, steady descent (13 1/4 inches every mile!), the width and depth of the pipe, and more. The alloy used in the white metal specimens of this medal (and most others) lends itself to corrosion, spotting, and other unpleasantness. This piece is superbly preserved, bright and lustrous with no unsightly spots or pest. There are some scattered marks and chatter, and two little tiny nicks on the raised obverse rim, but the quality of this piece is as good as any white metal Croton Aqueduct medal that's appeared in years.

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 # 147

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1842 Croton Aqueduct Completion medal by Robert Lovett, Sr. White metal, 51 mm. Mint State. A classic American medal of its era, too little known though still appreciated by specialists. Too big to gain a place among the so-called dollars, struck outside the Mint and thus excluded from Julian, this is one of a great number of fascinating American historical medal rarities that would have a great deal to gain from an omnibus reference on American medals. The dies, by the patriarch of the famed Lovett family of engravers, depict a cross-section of the great aqueduct on one side and the Manhattan reservoir (now the location of the New York Public Library at 42nd and Fifth Avenue) on the other. The legends read like the back of a baseball card, full of statistics on the amount of water that flows through the aqueduct (60,000 gallons a day!), its slow, steady descent (13 1/4 inches every mile!), the width and depth of the pipe, and more. The alloy used in the white metal specimens of this medal (and most others) lends itself to corrosion, spotting, and other unpleasantness. This piece is superbly preserved, bright and lustrous with no unsightly spots or pest. There are some scattered marks and chatter, and two little tiny nicks on the raised obverse rim, but the quality of this piece is as good as any white metal Croton Aqueduct medal that's appeared in years.

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 # 147

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