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Large 1862 George McClellan Medal, Unlisted in Baker

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1862 Major General George B. McClellan Laudatory medal by W.H. Key. White metal, 52 mm. Dewitt GMcC 1864-86. Choice Mint State. Edge stamped W.H. KEY DIE SINKER 329 ARCH STREET PHILA. Not listed in Baker, despite the diminutive Washington bust at the base of the reverse, though the Rulau-Fuld edition mentions this medal as "a previously unknown piece" under its listings for Baker 216 through 219. Dewitt lists this among the medals struck for McClellan's 1864 Presidential campaign, but it is likely much earlier, just after the 1862 campaign ended with the Union's bloody engagement at Antietam. This medal may have been struck around time that Lincoln, tired of the General's inability to finish off Lee's army when they seemed weakest, relieved McClellan of his command in November 1862. The reverse legend, hidden within the wreath, reads "All honor to the Army of the Potomac and its Noble Commander." In fact, very little honor was accorded its commander.


This impressive two-inch medal is deeply reflective and beautifully preserved, with no particular wear or faults on the high relief devices. A few little nicks are seen on the high rims, none serious. Some streaks in the white metal (mostly tin) planchet are seen, as struck. They are common to other examples of this medal seen. This medal is very scarce, listed only in the reference of political medals (which it isn't) and unknown to those who collect Washington medals (which it is). If there was a book written on Civil War commemorative medals struck between 1861 and 1865, this would be one of the stars of the show.

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 # 18014

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1862 Major General George B. McClellan Laudatory medal by W.H. Key. White metal, 52 mm. Dewitt GMcC 1864-86. Choice Mint State. Edge stamped W.H. KEY DIE SINKER 329 ARCH STREET PHILA. Not listed in Baker, despite the diminutive Washington bust at the base of the reverse, though the Rulau-Fuld edition mentions this medal as "a previously unknown piece" under its listings for Baker 216 through 219. Dewitt lists this among the medals struck for McClellan's 1864 Presidential campaign, but it is likely much earlier, just after the 1862 campaign ended with the Union's bloody engagement at Antietam. This medal may have been struck around time that Lincoln, tired of the General's inability to finish off Lee's army when they seemed weakest, relieved McClellan of his command in November 1862. The reverse legend, hidden within the wreath, reads "All honor to the Army of the Potomac and its Noble Commander." In fact, very little honor was accorded its commander.


This impressive two-inch medal is deeply reflective and beautifully preserved, with no particular wear or faults on the high relief devices. A few little nicks are seen on the high rims, none serious. Some streaks in the white metal (mostly tin) planchet are seen, as struck. They are common to other examples of this medal seen. This medal is very scarce, listed only in the reference of political medals (which it isn't) and unknown to those who collect Washington medals (which it is). If there was a book written on Civil War commemorative medals struck between 1861 and 1865, this would be one of the stars of the show.

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 # 18014

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