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Rare James K. Polk / George A. Dallas 1844 Campaign Medal. DeWitt JP 1844-2. MS-61 (NGC).

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Rare James K. Polk / George A. Dallas 1844 Campaign Medal. DeWitt JP 1844-2. MS-61 (NGC).

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(1844) James K. Polk / George A. Dallas campaign medal. DeWitt JP-1844-2. White metal, 41 mm. MS-61 (NGC). Am impressively large medal from the campaign of 1844, depicting Presidential candidate Polk on the obverse and Vice Presidential candidate Dallas on the reverse. Both portraits are well executed, if a bit folksy, in the distinctive style of Boston engraver Allen Leonard. Polk campaign items are very scarce in a general sense, and this medal is no exception. This medal is one of the classics of its period, with auction records approaching $1000 10 years ago and occasionally surpassing $1500, which among U.S. coins would not mean too much but among political medalets is evidence of status as a classic rarity. These are always holed for suspenion and occasionally appear quite worn indeed. This one was worn briefly and gracefully, with little if any wear on the hole and surfaces that retain full bright lustre. Only a hint of mellowing is seen in the fields, with none but the most microscopic spotting and a single shallow abrasion in front of Dallas' profile. If you were wondering if this Dallas, a Pennsylvanian who served as Senator as well as in a couple high profile diplomatic roles, was the fellow the Texas city was named after he, the answer is a definite "maybe." Other towns named Dallas, including ones in Pennsylvania (Dallastown) and North Carolina, definitely were though. For his part, Polk remains one of the most underrated Presidents in U.S. history, a man who managed to complete the goals of "Manifest Destiny" in a single term. He successfully added Texas, Oregon, and California through a blend of force and diplomacy. For those who might seek to collect campaign medals of each of the collectible Presidents, this silver-dollar sized portrait piece would be an unbeatable addition. This example is pedigreed to the collection of John J. Ford, Jr. Earlier, it is from either Wayte Raymond or F.C.C. Boyd (though likely not both, despite the provenance published in the Ford catalogue).

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS61
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2604032019

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(1844) James K. Polk / George A. Dallas campaign medal. DeWitt JP-1844-2. White metal, 41 mm. MS-61 (NGC). Am impressively large medal from the campaign of 1844, depicting Presidential candidate Polk on the obverse and Vice Presidential candidate Dallas on the reverse. Both portraits are well executed, if a bit folksy, in the distinctive style of Boston engraver Allen Leonard. Polk campaign items are very scarce in a general sense, and this medal is no exception. This medal is one of the classics of its period, with auction records approaching $1000 10 years ago and occasionally surpassing $1500, which among U.S. coins would not mean too much but among political medalets is evidence of status as a classic rarity. These are always holed for suspenion and occasionally appear quite worn indeed. This one was worn briefly and gracefully, with little if any wear on the hole and surfaces that retain full bright lustre. Only a hint of mellowing is seen in the fields, with none but the most microscopic spotting and a single shallow abrasion in front of Dallas' profile. If you were wondering if this Dallas, a Pennsylvanian who served as Senator as well as in a couple high profile diplomatic roles, was the fellow the Texas city was named after he, the answer is a definite "maybe." Other towns named Dallas, including ones in Pennsylvania (Dallastown) and North Carolina, definitely were though. For his part, Polk remains one of the most underrated Presidents in U.S. history, a man who managed to complete the goals of "Manifest Destiny" in a single term. He successfully added Texas, Oregon, and California through a blend of force and diplomacy. For those who might seek to collect campaign medals of each of the collectible Presidents, this silver-dollar sized portrait piece would be an unbeatable addition. This example is pedigreed to the collection of John J. Ford, Jr. Earlier, it is from either Wayte Raymond or F.C.C. Boyd (though likely not both, despite the provenance published in the Ford catalogue).

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Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS61
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2604032019

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