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1868 Ulysses S. Grant Campaign Medal, Unseen by DeWitt and Extremely Rare

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1868 Ulysses S. Grant Campaign Medal, Unseen by DeWitt and Extremely Rare

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1868 Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax campaign medal. Silvered brass shells, 32 mm. DeWitt USG 1868-13. Mint State. Hollow, with a rim joining the two struck shells and original wire loop still present at 12:00. A fascinating piece, one of only a very small number of hollow shell medals in the campaign medal series. Clearly extremely rare; though the Ford collection (hoard is a better word for it) included two specimens, DeWitt noted "I have not seen this piece which appeared at No. 3806 in the Henry W. Holland sale in 1878." W. Elliot Woodward sold another one in 1879, described as "Bust facing left. Rev. Bust of Colfax, 'Liberty and Loyalty.' Shells, silver or silver plated, very fine," and there is also one in the American Numismatic Society, but we trace no others. A related piece, DeWitt USG 1868-20, clearly comes from the same workshop, using the same bust of Grant and employing the same hollow shell construction. DeWitt listed the 1868-20 but did not illustrate it and, though Ford had one, the example Joe Levine described in the McSorley II sale is catalogued as "extremely rare; we have never seen another." That sale lacked this variety, USG 1868-13.

The surfaces are deeply prooflike and richly toned in various rainbow shades. A few little marks are seen, thin linear lamination above Grant's head, a few similar streaks at the truncation of Colfax's bust. Ford had several generations to find his two examples (namely the entire lifespans of himself, F.C.C. Boyd, who was the principal builder of the collection, and Ramsey McCoy, who collected beginning in the Civil War and from whom Boyd acquired many of his best pieces). If you have just one lifetime to collect medals, this might be a difficult opportunity to pass up.

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 # 60003

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1868 Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax campaign medal. Silvered brass shells, 32 mm. DeWitt USG 1868-13. Mint State. Hollow, with a rim joining the two struck shells and original wire loop still present at 12:00. A fascinating piece, one of only a very small number of hollow shell medals in the campaign medal series. Clearly extremely rare; though the Ford collection (hoard is a better word for it) included two specimens, DeWitt noted "I have not seen this piece which appeared at No. 3806 in the Henry W. Holland sale in 1878." W. Elliot Woodward sold another one in 1879, described as "Bust facing left. Rev. Bust of Colfax, 'Liberty and Loyalty.' Shells, silver or silver plated, very fine," and there is also one in the American Numismatic Society, but we trace no others. A related piece, DeWitt USG 1868-20, clearly comes from the same workshop, using the same bust of Grant and employing the same hollow shell construction. DeWitt listed the 1868-20 but did not illustrate it and, though Ford had one, the example Joe Levine described in the McSorley II sale is catalogued as "extremely rare; we have never seen another." That sale lacked this variety, USG 1868-13.

The surfaces are deeply prooflike and richly toned in various rainbow shades. A few little marks are seen, thin linear lamination above Grant's head, a few similar streaks at the truncation of Colfax's bust. Ford had several generations to find his two examples (namely the entire lifespans of himself, F.C.C. Boyd, who was the principal builder of the collection, and Ramsey McCoy, who collected beginning in the Civil War and from whom Boyd acquired many of his best pieces). If you have just one lifetime to collect medals, this might be a difficult opportunity to pass up.

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 # 60003

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