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Superb Gem 1875 Baker-321 Washington Monument Medal Rarity

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From Stack's sale of the Patriot Collection, offered in September 2010, the personal collection of a well-known coin dealer who flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, sold as Lot 5437 at $1,610. Earlier, from the Dr. George Fuld Collection.

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1875 Washington Last In Securing A Monument medal by Isaac F. Wood and George H. Lovett. Silver, 39 mm. Baker-321. Proof-64 (NGC). An elegantly toned and superbly preserved specimen of this great Centennial-era satirical medal poking fun at the slow pace of the Washington Monument's construction. Fun, beautiful, and rare; Isaac Wood's assurance in an 1875 issue of the American Journal of Numismatics that "the issue in silver is strictly limited to 30," does not mean that 30 were minted, and the fact that just a few are known in silver today suggests the mintage turned out to be far less. Rulau, though not always accurate with rarity ratings, lists this as Rarity-8 in silver, which may not be far off. This piece shows extraordinary deep mirrors graced with exceptionally attractive toning: pastel blue against pale gray on the obverse, a wider variety of rose and blue on the even more beautiful reverse. Only some faint wispy lines are seen, with no additional notable issues. The eye appeal is simply spectacular. In terms of subject matter, this piece stands out, humorously celebrating Washington as "First in war and in peace, last in securing a monument." The reverse legend notes that the Washington Monument's cornerstone was laid in 1848 and the monument was finished in "1876 (?)." As it turns out, the monument was finally finished in 1884 and dedicated in 1885. While other medals celebrate our most famous national monument, none do so as beautifully and as wittily as this one. This medal fits the parameters set for a so-called dollar, but is not listed in the HK book.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS64
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2473987003

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1875 Washington Last In Securing A Monument medal by Isaac F. Wood and George H. Lovett. Silver, 39 mm. Baker-321. Proof-64 (NGC). An elegantly toned and superbly preserved specimen of this great Centennial-era satirical medal poking fun at the slow pace of the Washington Monument's construction. Fun, beautiful, and rare; Isaac Wood's assurance in an 1875 issue of the American Journal of Numismatics that "the issue in silver is strictly limited to 30," does not mean that 30 were minted, and the fact that just a few are known in silver today suggests the mintage turned out to be far less. Rulau, though not always accurate with rarity ratings, lists this as Rarity-8 in silver, which may not be far off. This piece shows extraordinary deep mirrors graced with exceptionally attractive toning: pastel blue against pale gray on the obverse, a wider variety of rose and blue on the even more beautiful reverse. Only some faint wispy lines are seen, with no additional notable issues. The eye appeal is simply spectacular. In terms of subject matter, this piece stands out, humorously celebrating Washington as "First in war and in peace, last in securing a monument." The reverse legend notes that the Washington Monument's cornerstone was laid in 1848 and the monument was finished in "1876 (?)." As it turns out, the monument was finally finished in 1884 and dedicated in 1885. While other medals celebrate our most famous national monument, none do so as beautifully and as wittily as this one. This medal fits the parameters set for a so-called dollar, but is not listed in the HK book.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS64
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2473987003

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