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Beautiful Franklin Institute Award Medal, Based on a Portrait by Nini

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1877 Franklin Institute Scott Premium Award Medal. Copper. 55 mm. Julian AM-20, Fuld FR.M.FR.3. Choice About Uncirculated. Awarded to Chambers Brothers & Company of Philadelphia for "Brick-Making Machine." From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, where I described this piece as "A rarity among copper US Mint medals: totally unbronzed and issued with its natural mint red copper finish, deeply reflective and beautiful. The color has mellowed to violet on the reverse, and a couple of small spots are noted on the obverse. A few trivial hairlines do not affect the eye appeal (nor are they responsible for the remarkable color), though there is a fairly notable smattering of marks on both sides. This type is far rarer than either Julian AM-17 or Julian AM-18. The "peculiarly shaped emblem" on the bust truncation, noted by Julian, copies the signature symbol of Jean-Baptiste Nini, after whose bust the obverse portrait is copied. This medal has been off the market for nearly a century; the time has come today."

This type is probably a dozen times (or more) rarer than the more often acquired Franklin Institute award medal with an 1824 and a bust by Christian Gobrecht (Julian AM-17). In this sort of condition and with this kind of color, it is essentially unsurpassable.

This medal was acquired by Ford from the F.C.C. Boyd Estate on February 1, 1972. He was probably not hip enough to get a chuckle out of the fact that it was awarded to the Chambers Brothers (watch your speaker volume if you click that link).

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14020

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1877 Franklin Institute Scott Premium Award Medal. Copper. 55 mm. Julian AM-20, Fuld FR.M.FR.3. Choice About Uncirculated. Awarded to Chambers Brothers & Company of Philadelphia for "Brick-Making Machine." From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, where I described this piece as "A rarity among copper US Mint medals: totally unbronzed and issued with its natural mint red copper finish, deeply reflective and beautiful. The color has mellowed to violet on the reverse, and a couple of small spots are noted on the obverse. A few trivial hairlines do not affect the eye appeal (nor are they responsible for the remarkable color), though there is a fairly notable smattering of marks on both sides. This type is far rarer than either Julian AM-17 or Julian AM-18. The "peculiarly shaped emblem" on the bust truncation, noted by Julian, copies the signature symbol of Jean-Baptiste Nini, after whose bust the obverse portrait is copied. This medal has been off the market for nearly a century; the time has come today."

This type is probably a dozen times (or more) rarer than the more often acquired Franklin Institute award medal with an 1824 and a bust by Christian Gobrecht (Julian AM-17). In this sort of condition and with this kind of color, it is essentially unsurpassable.

This medal was acquired by Ford from the F.C.C. Boyd Estate on February 1, 1972. He was probably not hip enough to get a chuckle out of the fact that it was awarded to the Chambers Brothers (watch your speaker volume if you click that link).

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14020

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