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1907 Sir Francis Drake plaquette. Silver, 56 x 65 mm. Choice About Uncirculated.

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1907 Sir Francis Drake plaquette. Silver, 56 x 65 mm. Choice About Uncirculated.

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1907 Sir Francis Drake plaquette. Silver, 56 x 65 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Number 63 from a mintage of just 100 pieces in silver. Deep charcoal gray toning yields to lighter silver on the highest points of Drake's portrait, while the reverse is a rich medium silver gray and darker near the edges. Nicely preserved with no notable marks or flaws. An important medal, with a reverse map copied from the famed "Silver Map" medal. That medal is one of what I like to call the Unownable Seven -- the seven types among the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens that a collector will likely not be able to acquire given infinite longevity and infinite resources. (Email me for the complete list, or encourage me to blog about it.) The Silver Map is listed as Betts-9 and was likely created about 1586. The connection of this medal to that was made clear even at the time of its production by the American Numismatic Society. Though this medal is not as rare as the Drake Silver Map (the ANS lists four known, including their specimen, while the 100 Greatest book notes nine, apparently echoing Rulau), it is very elusive. This attractively toned piece traces its provenance to Charles McSorley and Ted Craige

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9034

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1907 Sir Francis Drake plaquette. Silver, 56 x 65 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Number 63 from a mintage of just 100 pieces in silver. Deep charcoal gray toning yields to lighter silver on the highest points of Drake's portrait, while the reverse is a rich medium silver gray and darker near the edges. Nicely preserved with no notable marks or flaws. An important medal, with a reverse map copied from the famed "Silver Map" medal. That medal is one of what I like to call the Unownable Seven -- the seven types among the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens that a collector will likely not be able to acquire given infinite longevity and infinite resources. (Email me for the complete list, or encourage me to blog about it.) The Silver Map is listed as Betts-9 and was likely created about 1586. The connection of this medal to that was made clear even at the time of its production by the American Numismatic Society. Though this medal is not as rare as the Drake Silver Map (the ANS lists four known, including their specimen, while the 100 Greatest book notes nine, apparently echoing Rulau), it is very elusive. This attractively toned piece traces its provenance to Charles McSorley and Ted Craige

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9034

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