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An Engineering Marvel Celebrated: the 1842 Croton Aqueduct Medal

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An Engineering Marvel Celebrated: the 1842 Croton Aqueduct Medal

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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 surfaces are bright and lustrous, barely mellowed in the fields, with just very minor evidence of handling. The reverse (the side with the reservoir) show a few harmless, shallow toning spots, neither corroded nor a serious impingement on the excellent eye appeal. The rims and edges are perfect. A small number of silver medals were struck, now great rarities. Bronze examples seem to turn up slightly more often than white metal ones. This medal features plenty of things that people collect: a New York City skyline, a July 4th date (think of all the great medals with that date on them!), an engineering and architectural masterwork. It's been a few years since a decent example has turned up at auction.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14002

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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 surfaces are bright and lustrous, barely mellowed in the fields, with just very minor evidence of handling. The reverse (the side with the reservoir) show a few harmless, shallow toning spots, neither corroded nor a serious impingement on the excellent eye appeal. The rims and edges are perfect. A small number of silver medals were struck, now great rarities. Bronze examples seem to turn up slightly more often than white metal ones. This medal features plenty of things that people collect: a New York City skyline, a July 4th date (think of all the great medals with that date on them!), an engineering and architectural masterwork. It's been a few years since a decent example has turned up at auction.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14002

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