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The Enormous 1880 A. Loudon Snowden Medal. Bronze. Julian MT-14.

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The Enormous 1880 A. Loudon Snowden Medal. Bronze. Julian MT-14.

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SKU: 9057

$1,150.00

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1880 A. Loudon Snowden Superintendent medal. Bronze, 80 mm. Julian MT-14. Choice Mint State. A massive and impressive portrait medal from the not-so-modest Superintendent of the Philadelphia Mint. The surfaces show light mahogany bronzing typical of the era, still reflective and enriched with rose and blue highlights. The portrait and edges are both in remarkable relief, making it somewhat surprising that neither has picked up contact marks. A minor line of contact points is noted off Snowden's forehead, otherwise this piece is as choice as could be hoped for. A single tiny spot is present off his chin. Julian lists six different medals for A. Loudon Snowden, including three (!) different obverse portraits. This one, by Charles Barber and signed by him under the bust, is a nude bust, while the others show Snowden in a business suit. All nicely capture his capacious mustache. The reverse lists something approaching a resume with peripheral inscription "Presented by the Officers of the US Mint, Phila. May 7 1880." The mintage reports are not clear as to which variety of Snowden medal was struck in what batch -- 12 were coined in 1880/81, 10 more in 1882/83, with a total of 53 through 1904. Those 53 medals were divided among six varieties, clearly making each a rarity. Snowden was clearly a real piece of work, engaging in assault by umbrella and creating pieces de caprices like the 1884 and 1885 Trade dollars to be struck. I haven't seen another example of this rare medal in the last decade. It would make an outstanding association piece for any pattern or contrived rarity struck under Snowden's dictatorial reign over the Philadelphia Mint.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9057

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1880 A. Loudon Snowden Superintendent medal. Bronze, 80 mm. Julian MT-14. Choice Mint State. A massive and impressive portrait medal from the not-so-modest Superintendent of the Philadelphia Mint. The surfaces show light mahogany bronzing typical of the era, still reflective and enriched with rose and blue highlights. The portrait and edges are both in remarkable relief, making it somewhat surprising that neither has picked up contact marks. A minor line of contact points is noted off Snowden's forehead, otherwise this piece is as choice as could be hoped for. A single tiny spot is present off his chin. Julian lists six different medals for A. Loudon Snowden, including three (!) different obverse portraits. This one, by Charles Barber and signed by him under the bust, is a nude bust, while the others show Snowden in a business suit. All nicely capture his capacious mustache. The reverse lists something approaching a resume with peripheral inscription "Presented by the Officers of the US Mint, Phila. May 7 1880." The mintage reports are not clear as to which variety of Snowden medal was struck in what batch -- 12 were coined in 1880/81, 10 more in 1882/83, with a total of 53 through 1904. Those 53 medals were divided among six varieties, clearly making each a rarity. Snowden was clearly a real piece of work, engaging in assault by umbrella and creating pieces de caprices like the 1884 and 1885 Trade dollars to be struck. I haven't seen another example of this rare medal in the last decade. It would make an outstanding association piece for any pattern or contrived rarity struck under Snowden's dictatorial reign over the Philadelphia Mint.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9057

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