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Early and Rare 1860 Abraham Lincoln "Progress" Railsplitter Medal

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Ex. John J. Ford Jr. Collection. Earlier, from F.C.C. Boyd.

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1860 Abraham Lincoln campaign medal. Bronze, 38 mm. DeWitt AL 1860-10. MS-64 (NGC). A distinctive, elusive variety among the 1860 Lincoln campaign medals and medalets. DeWitt notes that this type "must have been struck early in the campaign, probably right after the Republican Convention in Chicago" and states that the somewhat unusual obverse portrait "was based upon the profile photograph of Lincoln made by Alexander Hesler in Chicago on February 28, 1857." The reverse is dated 1830, the year Lincoln moved to Illinois from Indiana, and depicts him in the famed guise of The Railsplitter, with exceptional detail seen in the somewhat crude image of the very long, tall Lincoln. Double striking is seen on both sides, a necessity considering the high relief of the portrait. The surfaces are bronzed to a ruddy brown, even and attractive. A little speck of verdigris is seen left of the date, a smaller speck just within the rim under 1830 on the reverse, otherwise free of issues.

Aside from being a very early Lincoln piece, it is also a very rare one. DeWitt illustrates a not-very-nice holed white metal example. A similar holed white metal specimen of this type graded MS-62 by NGC recently sold on eBay for $565. Ford owned just two specimens: this copper piece, and lower grade holed white metal specimen that closely resembles (but isn't) the DeWitt plate piece. The last copper offering I can trace was in the 1999 Zabriskie sale, conducted by Sotheby's of a collection that was literally assembled during Lincoln's campaigns. (Zabriskie's coins were sold by Henry Chapman in 1909, but his Lincoln material remained in the family.) His copper specimen brought $2,475 15 years ago. Given the long intervals between offerings of any specimen of this type, but copper or unholed ones in particular, this represents an unusual opportunity.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS64
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2604220010

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Details

1860 Abraham Lincoln campaign medal. Bronze, 38 mm. DeWitt AL 1860-10. MS-64 (NGC). A distinctive, elusive variety among the 1860 Lincoln campaign medals and medalets. DeWitt notes that this type "must have been struck early in the campaign, probably right after the Republican Convention in Chicago" and states that the somewhat unusual obverse portrait "was based upon the profile photograph of Lincoln made by Alexander Hesler in Chicago on February 28, 1857." The reverse is dated 1830, the year Lincoln moved to Illinois from Indiana, and depicts him in the famed guise of The Railsplitter, with exceptional detail seen in the somewhat crude image of the very long, tall Lincoln. Double striking is seen on both sides, a necessity considering the high relief of the portrait. The surfaces are bronzed to a ruddy brown, even and attractive. A little speck of verdigris is seen left of the date, a smaller speck just within the rim under 1830 on the reverse, otherwise free of issues.

Aside from being a very early Lincoln piece, it is also a very rare one. DeWitt illustrates a not-very-nice holed white metal example. A similar holed white metal specimen of this type graded MS-62 by NGC recently sold on eBay for $565. Ford owned just two specimens: this copper piece, and lower grade holed white metal specimen that closely resembles (but isn't) the DeWitt plate piece. The last copper offering I can trace was in the 1999 Zabriskie sale, conducted by Sotheby's of a collection that was literally assembled during Lincoln's campaigns. (Zabriskie's coins were sold by Henry Chapman in 1909, but his Lincoln material remained in the family.) His copper specimen brought $2,475 15 years ago. Given the long intervals between offerings of any specimen of this type, but copper or unholed ones in particular, this represents an unusual opportunity.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS64
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2604220010

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