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1849 Salem (MA) Charitable Mechanic Association medal. Bronze, 44 mm. Julian AM-77. Mint State

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1849 Salem (MA) Charitable Mechanic Association medal. Bronze, 44 mm. Julian AM-77. Mint State

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Details

Rich mahogany surfaces are a bit lustrous on the obverse, more mattelike on the reverse. A few old spots are seen in the left obverse field, otherwise problem free. An interesting rarity, rated Rarity-8 by Carl Carlson. Two have appeared at auction in recent years, both uninscribed bronze strikes like this one. A number of silver medals were apparently struck for the first exhibition of the Salem Charitable Mechanic Association in 1849, but neither Carlson or Julian had ever seen one, nor have I. Julian notes that in 1875 the SCMA wrote the Mint about the dies but were told they didn't have them, engraver Francis Mitchell did. Julian also mentions "it is presumed that all medals were struck prior to 1854." The design is a distinctive one, showing a Hercules-like figure atop a conquered dragon while boys carry apples in the background. One boy, climbing a tree, tosses a piece of fruit down to another -- this is surely the only Mint medal depicting tree-climbing. A rare entry among US Mint agricultural medals.

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SKU or Cert # 000111

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Details

Rich mahogany surfaces are a bit lustrous on the obverse, more mattelike on the reverse. A few old spots are seen in the left obverse field, otherwise problem free. An interesting rarity, rated Rarity-8 by Carl Carlson. Two have appeared at auction in recent years, both uninscribed bronze strikes like this one. A number of silver medals were apparently struck for the first exhibition of the Salem Charitable Mechanic Association in 1849, but neither Carlson or Julian had ever seen one, nor have I. Julian notes that in 1875 the SCMA wrote the Mint about the dies but were told they didn't have them, engraver Francis Mitchell did. Julian also mentions "it is presumed that all medals were struck prior to 1854." The design is a distinctive one, showing a Hercules-like figure atop a conquered dragon while boys carry apples in the background. One boy, climbing a tree, tosses a piece of fruit down to another -- this is surely the only Mint medal depicting tree-climbing. A rare entry among US Mint agricultural medals.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 000111

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