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1863 (Election of 1864) Major General George B. McClellan medalet. Copper, 32 mm. Dewitt GMcC 1864-13. Dies by Joseph H. Merriam. MS-67 RB (NGC).

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1863 (Election of 1864) Major General George B. McClellan medalet. Copper, 32 mm. Dewitt GMcC 1864-13. Dies by Joseph H. Merriam. MS-67 RB (NGC).

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From the John J. Ford Jr. Collection. Earlier, Ramsey McCoy to Thomas Elder's sale of the McCoy Collection in 1918 to Hillyer Ryder to F.C.C. Boyd; Boyd Estate to Ford.

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1863 (Election of 1864) Major General George B. McClellan medalet. Copper, 32 mm. Dewitt GMcC 1864-13. Dies by Joseph H. Merriam. MS-67 RB (NGC). Described by the late, great George Fuld in his initial cataloguing of the amazing Ford political collection as "Brilliant PL UNC, full red copper." Both sides are deeply reflective. The obverse shows some very subtle mellowing to rich violet while the reverse remains full mint red, looking essentially as it did when struck. As one would presume from the grade, the surfaces are nearly perfect, with just a couple microscopic specks present. The reverse is dated 1863, which is likely when the dies were actually made, though Dewitt notes "the piece received distribution during the presidential campaign in 1864." This piece has likely been in collector hands since then. A very tiny ticket accompanies it noting it was "McCoy's / 1st seen in copper." Similar tags were found with other Ford political tokens, connecting pieces in his nearly century-old collection to the little known brother of John F. McCoy, whose collection was famously sold by W. Elliot Woodward in 1864. John's brother, Ramsey McCoy, spent the 1860s gathering political tokens, making himself one of the leading lights in that field. His collection finally hit the market in a 1918 Thomas Elder auction, a sale John Adams deems "definitive for political tokens." The tiny ticket here appears to be in the hand of the great Hillyer Ryder, an active buyer from Elder in this era, whose collection was acquired intact by F.C.C. Boyd. It appears we can thus trace the provenance of this beautiful little medalet all the way back to its mintage!

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS67
Designation RB
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2604627010

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1863 (Election of 1864) Major General George B. McClellan medalet. Copper, 32 mm. Dewitt GMcC 1864-13. Dies by Joseph H. Merriam. MS-67 RB (NGC). Described by the late, great George Fuld in his initial cataloguing of the amazing Ford political collection as "Brilliant PL UNC, full red copper." Both sides are deeply reflective. The obverse shows some very subtle mellowing to rich violet while the reverse remains full mint red, looking essentially as it did when struck. As one would presume from the grade, the surfaces are nearly perfect, with just a couple microscopic specks present. The reverse is dated 1863, which is likely when the dies were actually made, though Dewitt notes "the piece received distribution during the presidential campaign in 1864." This piece has likely been in collector hands since then. A very tiny ticket accompanies it noting it was "McCoy's / 1st seen in copper." Similar tags were found with other Ford political tokens, connecting pieces in his nearly century-old collection to the little known brother of John F. McCoy, whose collection was famously sold by W. Elliot Woodward in 1864. John's brother, Ramsey McCoy, spent the 1860s gathering political tokens, making himself one of the leading lights in that field. His collection finally hit the market in a 1918 Thomas Elder auction, a sale John Adams deems "definitive for political tokens." The tiny ticket here appears to be in the hand of the great Hillyer Ryder, an active buyer from Elder in this era, whose collection was acquired intact by F.C.C. Boyd. It appears we can thus trace the provenance of this beautiful little medalet all the way back to its mintage!

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS67
Designation RB
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2604627010

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