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Scarce 1864 Abraham Lincoln "25 Cent Pattern" Medalet

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Scarce 1864 Abraham Lincoln "25 Cent Pattern" Medalet

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1864 Abraham Lincoln Forever Inseparable 25 medalet. Brass, 25 mm. King-878, DeWitt-unlisted. MS-62 (NGC). One of the most fascinating of the Lincoln campaign medalets, perhaps intended as a private pattern for coinage considering the inclusion of "In God We Trust" and an apparent denomination of 25 cents. A couple of these are known in silver (Ford's was overstruck on an 1843 quarter, lending credence to the coinage pattern theory). White metal pieces are the most "common," though still very scarce in real terms. Brass ones like this are more numerous than the silver strikings but not as common as the white metal ones. This example, from the Wayte Raymond, F.C.C. Boyd, and John J. Ford, Jr. Collections, is wonderfully dusky and original, with decades of dirt masking its lustrous, flashy surfaces. Some light spotting and a few traces of fingerprints are seen, intermingled with gorgeous rose and pale green toning highlights. This could undoubtedly be cracked out and de-schmutzed to remove the surface dirt that built up over the decades it lived in a paper envelope (a process not undertaken when the Ford collection came to light), but it's awfully pretty as is.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS62
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2604027005

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1864 Abraham Lincoln Forever Inseparable 25 medalet. Brass, 25 mm. King-878, DeWitt-unlisted. MS-62 (NGC). One of the most fascinating of the Lincoln campaign medalets, perhaps intended as a private pattern for coinage considering the inclusion of "In God We Trust" and an apparent denomination of 25 cents. A couple of these are known in silver (Ford's was overstruck on an 1843 quarter, lending credence to the coinage pattern theory). White metal pieces are the most "common," though still very scarce in real terms. Brass ones like this are more numerous than the silver strikings but not as common as the white metal ones. This example, from the Wayte Raymond, F.C.C. Boyd, and John J. Ford, Jr. Collections, is wonderfully dusky and original, with decades of dirt masking its lustrous, flashy surfaces. Some light spotting and a few traces of fingerprints are seen, intermingled with gorgeous rose and pale green toning highlights. This could undoubtedly be cracked out and de-schmutzed to remove the surface dirt that built up over the decades it lived in a paper envelope (a process not undertaken when the Ford collection came to light), but it's awfully pretty as is.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS62
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2604027005

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