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1859 Elisha Kent Kane Masonic medal. Bronze. By George H. Lovett.

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1859 Elisha Kent Kane Masonic medal. Bronze. By George H. Lovett.

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1859 Elisha Kent Kane Masonic medal. Bronze, 51 mm. By George H. Lovett. Choice Mint State. An important rarity among Lovett medals and Polar numismatica. Rich glossy chocolate brown with fine, deep bronzing and exquisite detail on both sides. The bronzed patina is a bit uneven on the neck of Kane and in a small area left of the star at left central reverse, otherwise this piece is essentially flawless. The obverse depicts Kane, "the Great Arctic Navigator" as noted in the obverse legend, above a panel showing his ship Advance trapped in Arctic ice. The reverse is the same as Baker-290, the Non Nobis Solum Washington Masonic medal. While that Washington Masonic medal is quite rare, this seems even rarer. Dave Bowers wrote extensively about this medal in his American Numismatics Before the Civil War, pp. 158-163, saying "the sales of the medal must have been small, for today such pieces are rarities, as they have been for several generations. Such pieces are conspicuously lacking from catalogues of nearly all great cabinets of American medals formed since 1858, among with can be counted the 1882 presentation of the Bushnell Collection, an offering which contained many other Sage-related pieces." Kane was a rock-star type celebrity after his Arctic explorations, dying at just 36 years old.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014012

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1859 Elisha Kent Kane Masonic medal. Bronze, 51 mm. By George H. Lovett. Choice Mint State. An important rarity among Lovett medals and Polar numismatica. Rich glossy chocolate brown with fine, deep bronzing and exquisite detail on both sides. The bronzed patina is a bit uneven on the neck of Kane and in a small area left of the star at left central reverse, otherwise this piece is essentially flawless. The obverse depicts Kane, "the Great Arctic Navigator" as noted in the obverse legend, above a panel showing his ship Advance trapped in Arctic ice. The reverse is the same as Baker-290, the Non Nobis Solum Washington Masonic medal. While that Washington Masonic medal is quite rare, this seems even rarer. Dave Bowers wrote extensively about this medal in his American Numismatics Before the Civil War, pp. 158-163, saying "the sales of the medal must have been small, for today such pieces are rarities, as they have been for several generations. Such pieces are conspicuously lacking from catalogues of nearly all great cabinets of American medals formed since 1858, among with can be counted the 1882 presentation of the Bushnell Collection, an offering which contained many other Sage-related pieces." Kane was a rock-star type celebrity after his Arctic explorations, dying at just 36 years old.

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Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014012

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