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Rare John Horn Jr. Detroit River Lifesaving Medal, One of 54 Struck

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(ca. 1875) John Horn Jr. Lifesaving medal. Bronze, 48 mm. Julian LS-14. Mint State. A beautiful specimen, with a fine deep mahogany bronzed patina showing underlying gold in the fields and deep blue around devices. The portrait is well realized and the eye appeal is excellent. Just a short old hairline scratch under the bust truncation is noted. Signed by Charles Barber under the bust, this medal was struck at the Philadelphia Mint to honor John Horn Jr., who saved over 110 people from the (usually frigid) Detroit River. According to the Detroit Historical Society, Horn was awarded a gold medal for his multiple heroic rescues between 1865 and 1871 but, perhaps predictably, the medal was lost during a river rescue in March 1873, when Horn spent more than 17 minutes in the water "swimming around floating ice and slush, to reach Miss Louise McKenzie." A petition reached Congress, which voted him a Congressional Gold Medal in 1874. One was struck in gold for Horn, along with 54 in bronze. In 1904, a second gold medal was struck at the Philadelphia Mint for Horn after the original strike was stolen from his Detroit home. The replacement medal is now in the collection of the Detroit Historical Society. Bronze ones from the paltry mintage of 54 pieces turn up on the market very infrequently.

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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 # 12110

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Details

(ca. 1875) John Horn Jr. Lifesaving medal. Bronze, 48 mm. Julian LS-14. Mint State. A beautiful specimen, with a fine deep mahogany bronzed patina showing underlying gold in the fields and deep blue around devices. The portrait is well realized and the eye appeal is excellent. Just a short old hairline scratch under the bust truncation is noted. Signed by Charles Barber under the bust, this medal was struck at the Philadelphia Mint to honor John Horn Jr., who saved over 110 people from the (usually frigid) Detroit River. According to the Detroit Historical Society, Horn was awarded a gold medal for his multiple heroic rescues between 1865 and 1871 but, perhaps predictably, the medal was lost during a river rescue in March 1873, when Horn spent more than 17 minutes in the water "swimming around floating ice and slush, to reach Miss Louise McKenzie." A petition reached Congress, which voted him a Congressional Gold Medal in 1874. One was struck in gold for Horn, along with 54 in bronze. In 1904, a second gold medal was struck at the Philadelphia Mint for Horn after the original strike was stolen from his Detroit home. The replacement medal is now in the collection of the Detroit Historical Society. Bronze ones from the paltry mintage of 54 pieces turn up on the market very infrequently.

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 # 12110

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