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(ca. 1834-50) Franklin and Washington medal by James Bale. Silver, 20.5 mm. Baker-201, Greenslet GM-77. Mint State.

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(ca. 1834-50) Franklin and Washington medal by James Bale. Silver, 20.5 mm. Baker-201, Greenslet GM-77. Mint State.

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(ca. 1834-50) Franklin and Washington medal by James Bale. Silver, 20.5 mm. Baker-201, Greenslet GM-77. Mint State. Reflective surfaces are dominated by pastel blue and violet tones, blended with gold and a background of silver gray. Good cartwheel lustre, some light marks in the fields, extremely high wire rim on Franklin side a little nicked as expected. An interesting little portrait medal by one of the great engravers of the early 19th century. James Bale was an apprentice to Richard Trested, whose early death led to his partnership with Charles Cushing Wright about 1829. Wright and Bale went their separate ways after a few years, after which Bale launched a business that engraved all sorts of things: medals, print illustrations, even military badges. He was active until around 1850. This simple piece, signed BALE and using the same portrait busts of Franklin and Washington that are used on the Par Nobile Fratrum medal, is known in several different compositions. Silver is the scarcest of them.

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SKU or Cert # 10014018

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(ca. 1834-50) Franklin and Washington medal by James Bale. Silver, 20.5 mm. Baker-201, Greenslet GM-77. Mint State. Reflective surfaces are dominated by pastel blue and violet tones, blended with gold and a background of silver gray. Good cartwheel lustre, some light marks in the fields, extremely high wire rim on Franklin side a little nicked as expected. An interesting little portrait medal by one of the great engravers of the early 19th century. James Bale was an apprentice to Richard Trested, whose early death led to his partnership with Charles Cushing Wright about 1829. Wright and Bale went their separate ways after a few years, after which Bale launched a business that engraved all sorts of things: medals, print illustrations, even military badges. He was active until around 1850. This simple piece, signed BALE and using the same portrait busts of Franklin and Washington that are used on the Par Nobile Fratrum medal, is known in several different compositions. Silver is the scarcest of them.

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 # 10014018

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