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1844 Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association medal. Silver, 38 mm. Julian AM-33. Dies by Christian Gobrecht. About Uncirculated. Awarded to Mrs. Coindreau "for a specimen of Embroidery" at the Exhibition of 1844. While I had a gold specimen of this medal in stock a few years ago, it's been awhile since a silver one has come across my desk. Nicely reflective fields remain, lightly polished to brilliant silver, while the rims have gathered deep and attractive toning over the years. A few marks are seen atop the seated figure's head on the reverse, the usual hairlines are present (as essentially always seen on this non-numismatically distributed prize medals), a few shallow reverse scrapes, good sound rims. Unfortunately, the official tally of awards distributed at this Fourth Exhibition doesn't give us much more information about Mrs. Coindreau and her embroidery than the medal does, though a bit more poking around reveals that Mrs. Coindreau also won a medal in 1839 for her embroidery work. A bit more research revealed that Mrs. Coindreau was actually Ann Elizabeth (Brown) Coindreau, wife of Alphonse Coindreau, a merchant with a store on India Wharf in Boston. He may be the same Alphonse Coindreau who turns up in Stockton, CA in 1850; one wonders if his talented wife went to the gold fields with him. An Alfonso Coindreau ended up in Tucson, AZ in 1871 as a stagecoach operator, quite possibly the same guy. Surely this family has a story. Who said prize medals for embroidery were boring? Ranked 171st in the 100 Greatest American Tokens and Medals.

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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 # 14005

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1844 Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association medal. Silver, 38 mm. Julian AM-33. Dies by Christian Gobrecht. About Uncirculated. Awarded to Mrs. Coindreau "for a specimen of Embroidery" at the Exhibition of 1844. While I had a gold specimen of this medal in stock a few years ago, it's been awhile since a silver one has come across my desk. Nicely reflective fields remain, lightly polished to brilliant silver, while the rims have gathered deep and attractive toning over the years. A few marks are seen atop the seated figure's head on the reverse, the usual hairlines are present (as essentially always seen on this non-numismatically distributed prize medals), a few shallow reverse scrapes, good sound rims. Unfortunately, the official tally of awards distributed at this Fourth Exhibition doesn't give us much more information about Mrs. Coindreau and her embroidery than the medal does, though a bit more poking around reveals that Mrs. Coindreau also won a medal in 1839 for her embroidery work. A bit more research revealed that Mrs. Coindreau was actually Ann Elizabeth (Brown) Coindreau, wife of Alphonse Coindreau, a merchant with a store on India Wharf in Boston. He may be the same Alphonse Coindreau who turns up in Stockton, CA in 1850; one wonders if his talented wife went to the gold fields with him. An Alfonso Coindreau ended up in Tucson, AZ in 1871 as a stagecoach operator, quite possibly the same guy. Surely this family has a story. Who said prize medals for embroidery were boring? Ranked 171st in the 100 Greatest American Tokens and Medals.

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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 # 14005

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