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Rare 1857 James Buchanan Inaugural Medal by Paquet

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From an old-time Southern collection, formed in the 1950s, earlier, acquired from Fred Baldwin in England. The edge is ink-marked with an inventory number applied while still in England. More information is available upon request.

Details

1857 James Buchanan Inaugural medal. Silvered white metal, 61 mm. DeWitt JB 1856-1. About Uncirculated. While other earlier medals make reference to the year of a President's inauguration, or were distributed at the time of the inauguration, this is definitively the first American medal to make an explicit reference to Inauguration Day, in this case March 4, 1857. Known in "silvered" (i.e. tinned) white metal, as here, and in gilt white metal, this medal is almost always seen in less-than-desirable condition when it is seen at all. The present specimen shows good sharpness and lovely deep gray color that yields considerable multicolored toning highlights and good remaining lustre under raking light. The rims are a bit scuffy, pretty ordinary for this soft-metal, high-rimmed issue, and some hairlines are seen, but there are few heavy marks. A scrape in the upper right obverse field under INAUG, a smaller one on his forehead, and one to the upper left of the eagle's head at central reverse are noted. The portrait shows little to no wear, just a little nick at the tip of Buchanan's nose. The large size, rarity, and impressive portrait seen on this medal have always made it a landmark, but so too does its history. The election of Buchanan took place at a vital time, when regional tensions were already fevered; Buchanan's failures precipitated the conflict that would follow fewer than four years after his inauguration.

Engraved by Anthony Paquet outside the Mint, this medal's unique style makes it a standout in the DeWitt series and the field of inaugural medals. Specimens turn up rarely. John Ford's collection included a magnificent gilt specimen that sold too cheap at $4993.75 (it was also illustrated in a nationally distributed story). White metal specimens are a bit more common, but they are rarely pretty. This one may not be perfect, but it would be a fine addition to an advanced collection.

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 # 12025

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Details

1857 James Buchanan Inaugural medal. Silvered white metal, 61 mm. DeWitt JB 1856-1. About Uncirculated. While other earlier medals make reference to the year of a President's inauguration, or were distributed at the time of the inauguration, this is definitively the first American medal to make an explicit reference to Inauguration Day, in this case March 4, 1857. Known in "silvered" (i.e. tinned) white metal, as here, and in gilt white metal, this medal is almost always seen in less-than-desirable condition when it is seen at all. The present specimen shows good sharpness and lovely deep gray color that yields considerable multicolored toning highlights and good remaining lustre under raking light. The rims are a bit scuffy, pretty ordinary for this soft-metal, high-rimmed issue, and some hairlines are seen, but there are few heavy marks. A scrape in the upper right obverse field under INAUG, a smaller one on his forehead, and one to the upper left of the eagle's head at central reverse are noted. The portrait shows little to no wear, just a little nick at the tip of Buchanan's nose. The large size, rarity, and impressive portrait seen on this medal have always made it a landmark, but so too does its history. The election of Buchanan took place at a vital time, when regional tensions were already fevered; Buchanan's failures precipitated the conflict that would follow fewer than four years after his inauguration.

Engraved by Anthony Paquet outside the Mint, this medal's unique style makes it a standout in the DeWitt series and the field of inaugural medals. Specimens turn up rarely. John Ford's collection included a magnificent gilt specimen that sold too cheap at $4993.75 (it was also illustrated in a nationally distributed story). White metal specimens are a bit more common, but they are rarely pretty. This one may not be perfect, but it would be a fine addition to an advanced collection.

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 # 12025

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