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Dramatically Toned 1861 Oath of Allegiance Medal in Silver

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Dramatically Toned 1861 Oath of Allegiance Medal in Silver

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1861 Washington U.S. Mint Oath of Allegiance medal. Silver, 31 mm. Julian CM-2, Baker-279. MS-65 (NGC). Thin planchet. A dramatically toned example of this popular Civil War era US Mint medal, struck to commemorate "the oath of allegiance taken by the officers and workmen, Sept. 2, 1861." Both sides are deeply reflective and thoroughly toned, with the obverse showing gold, pale blue, navy blue, and hints of violet, while the reverse is a showcase of pastel blue, deep blue, and violet. A single little contact point is seen above W of WORKMEN, some unimportant old hairlines. When this piece was first struck in 1861, the Union had not just plunged into war, but the numismatic community was faddishly pursuing anything depicting Washington, making this a perfect little combo. The bust of Washington here, after Houdon, is borrowed directly from the bust found on the Washington Before Boston medal. While fairly common in bronze, silver specimens are at least scarce, and ones this pretty are very tough to find.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS65
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3725434016

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1861 Washington U.S. Mint Oath of Allegiance medal. Silver, 31 mm. Julian CM-2, Baker-279. MS-65 (NGC). Thin planchet. A dramatically toned example of this popular Civil War era US Mint medal, struck to commemorate "the oath of allegiance taken by the officers and workmen, Sept. 2, 1861." Both sides are deeply reflective and thoroughly toned, with the obverse showing gold, pale blue, navy blue, and hints of violet, while the reverse is a showcase of pastel blue, deep blue, and violet. A single little contact point is seen above W of WORKMEN, some unimportant old hairlines. When this piece was first struck in 1861, the Union had not just plunged into war, but the numismatic community was faddishly pursuing anything depicting Washington, making this a perfect little combo. The bust of Washington here, after Houdon, is borrowed directly from the bust found on the Washington Before Boston medal. While fairly common in bronze, silver specimens are at least scarce, and ones this pretty are very tough to find.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS65
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3725434016

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