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Extremely Rare Silver 1852 Henry Clay Memorial Medal

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1852 Henry Clay memorial medal. Silver, 43 mm. Satterlee-126. Obverse by Francis Mitchell of Boston, reverse by George H. Lovett of New York. Choice About Uncirculated. An extremely rare medal in silver, unlisted in any reference or major catalogue. While Satterlee (1862), A. Ramsey McCoy (1918), and John J. Ford Jr. (2013) all owned white metal specimens of this medal, none of them had a silver striking. The obverse is the same die as DeWitt HC 1844-5, which is the twin of HC 1844-4 but lacks the MITCHELL BOSTON signature under the bust. The reverse, according to DeWitt, was "cut by George Lovett, commemorating Clay's death," though it is unsigned.

Acquired in an NGC MS-63 slab, this piece was liberated and the edge turned up something interesting: very careful engraving near 11:00 that spells out LIZ or, perhaps, L 12 in a careful, steady hand. Near 6:00, a similar engraving is present though I'm not able to make sense of it. The high relief devices show some very light cabinet friction, but the deeply toned gray and slate blue fields retain a good deal of reflectivity. Some scattered marks are seen, none especially serious. The reverse periphery shows profound double striking, unsurprising as the very high relief portrait could not possibly have been executed in a single blow. Despite not being a perfect gem, the eye appeal is excellent.

While it's tough to prove that another specimen doesn't exist, I can say that I've never seen or heard of another, and the usual places one would look for a medal such as this in a nobel, unlisted composition don't include one. It would not surprise me in the least if this were unique, and I'd be astounded if more than two or three exist. This medal hasn't been listed and described in a standard reference since the 1862 Satterlee Arrangement of Medals and Tokens,  which keeps it from turning up on many want lists. Not a campaign piece and thus not listed in DeWitt (though related pieces are), not a US Mint piece and thus not listed in Julian, this is a very rare orphan with a powerful portrait and a fine if typical reverse memorial allegory, commemorating one of the greatest statesmen of the 19th century. It may well be induplicable.

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 # 43008

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1852 Henry Clay memorial medal. Silver, 43 mm. Satterlee-126. Obverse by Francis Mitchell of Boston, reverse by George H. Lovett of New York. Choice About Uncirculated. An extremely rare medal in silver, unlisted in any reference or major catalogue. While Satterlee (1862), A. Ramsey McCoy (1918), and John J. Ford Jr. (2013) all owned white metal specimens of this medal, none of them had a silver striking. The obverse is the same die as DeWitt HC 1844-5, which is the twin of HC 1844-4 but lacks the MITCHELL BOSTON signature under the bust. The reverse, according to DeWitt, was "cut by George Lovett, commemorating Clay's death," though it is unsigned.

Acquired in an NGC MS-63 slab, this piece was liberated and the edge turned up something interesting: very careful engraving near 11:00 that spells out LIZ or, perhaps, L 12 in a careful, steady hand. Near 6:00, a similar engraving is present though I'm not able to make sense of it. The high relief devices show some very light cabinet friction, but the deeply toned gray and slate blue fields retain a good deal of reflectivity. Some scattered marks are seen, none especially serious. The reverse periphery shows profound double striking, unsurprising as the very high relief portrait could not possibly have been executed in a single blow. Despite not being a perfect gem, the eye appeal is excellent.

While it's tough to prove that another specimen doesn't exist, I can say that I've never seen or heard of another, and the usual places one would look for a medal such as this in a nobel, unlisted composition don't include one. It would not surprise me in the least if this were unique, and I'd be astounded if more than two or three exist. This medal hasn't been listed and described in a standard reference since the 1862 Satterlee Arrangement of Medals and Tokens,  which keeps it from turning up on many want lists. Not a campaign piece and thus not listed in DeWitt (though related pieces are), not a US Mint piece and thus not listed in Julian, this is a very rare orphan with a powerful portrait and a fine if typical reverse memorial allegory, commemorating one of the greatest statesmen of the 19th century. It may well be induplicable.

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 # 43008

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