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One of 100 Struck, Scarce 1862 McClellan Medal, Julian PE-19

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SKU: 21089

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(1862) Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan medal. Bronzed copper, 34 mm. Julian PE-19, DeWitt GMcC 1864-2. Mint State. An intriguing Philadelphia Mint rarity from the nadir of the Civil War, struck in July 1862 according to Julian, who reports that 100 pieces were struck in 1862, with 5 additional pieces struck later at the US Mint and a handful of white metal pieces struck outside the Mint even later. The medal was the idea of then 32-year-old Joseph M.P. Price, a Philadelphia insurance executive and Democratic activist. The reverse legend translates to "Neither seeking nor despising honors," which is is arguable in McClellan's case. While often collected as an 1864 electoral medalet (and catalogued by DeWitt as such), this medal was struck by political supporters more than a year earlier, though their support (and anti-Lincoln sentiment) resulted in his 1864 nomination. 

This specimen shows the fine mahogany bronzing one would expect of a U.S. Mint made medal of this era, with no spots or major defects. The high wire rims are intact, and only a few little marks are seen. Scarce today, this medal appeals to Mint medal collectors, Civil War enthusiasts, and those who collect the work of the Lovett family (though which Lovett produced this and signed under McClellan's bust is an open question). Aside from the pieces struck explicitly for the 1864 election (and his campaign for the governor of New Jersey a decade and a half later), there are few McClellan portrait medals of this era.

Julian describes the size of this medal as 39 mm, a typo. The medal is only known in a 34 mm size, which is the size this medal is illustrated in Julian.

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 # 21089

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(1862) Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan medal. Bronzed copper, 34 mm. Julian PE-19, DeWitt GMcC 1864-2. Mint State. An intriguing Philadelphia Mint rarity from the nadir of the Civil War, struck in July 1862 according to Julian, who reports that 100 pieces were struck in 1862, with 5 additional pieces struck later at the US Mint and a handful of white metal pieces struck outside the Mint even later. The medal was the idea of then 32-year-old Joseph M.P. Price, a Philadelphia insurance executive and Democratic activist. The reverse legend translates to "Neither seeking nor despising honors," which is is arguable in McClellan's case. While often collected as an 1864 electoral medalet (and catalogued by DeWitt as such), this medal was struck by political supporters more than a year earlier, though their support (and anti-Lincoln sentiment) resulted in his 1864 nomination. 

This specimen shows the fine mahogany bronzing one would expect of a U.S. Mint made medal of this era, with no spots or major defects. The high wire rims are intact, and only a few little marks are seen. Scarce today, this medal appeals to Mint medal collectors, Civil War enthusiasts, and those who collect the work of the Lovett family (though which Lovett produced this and signed under McClellan's bust is an open question). Aside from the pieces struck explicitly for the 1864 election (and his campaign for the governor of New Jersey a decade and a half later), there are few McClellan portrait medals of this era.

Julian describes the size of this medal as 39 mm, a typo. The medal is only known in a 34 mm size, which is the size this medal is illustrated in Julian.

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 # 21089

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