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C. Wyllys Betts' Charming William Henry Harrison Medal, ca. 1860

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C. Wyllys Betts' Charming William Henry Harrison Medal, ca. 1860

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(ca. 1860) William Henry Harrison medal by C. Wyllys Betts. White metal, 44 mm. Dewitt WHH-B. Mint State. Choice surfaces show strong cartwheel lustre, particularly rich on the reverse. The surfaces are finely striated, as struck, but free of any notable defects, corrosion, heavy marks, etc. A single very light rim bruise is noted at 6:00 on the obverse, but it is trivial. The strike is good for the issue, with Harrison's charming if crude portrait nicely detailed and the log cabin extremely sharp. The flag above the log cabin reads "Tip," short for Harrison's nickname of Tippecanoe. An exciting piece, engraved and hand-struck by the college-age C.W. Betts (the man for whom Betts medals are named) as a collectible in an era when political medals were all the rage. Betts, who also produced hand-engraved whimsical fantasy colonial coins like the legendary Novuum Belgium copper, created a similar facing bust medal of Andrew Jackson, catalogued as Dewitt AJACK-A. Neither this nor the Jackson type is common, and both often appear either softly struck or plagued by post-striking issues like bruises or tinpest. This example is very nice, and it would make a great addition to any collection of "Betts" medals.

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 # 9501

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(ca. 1860) William Henry Harrison medal by C. Wyllys Betts. White metal, 44 mm. Dewitt WHH-B. Mint State. Choice surfaces show strong cartwheel lustre, particularly rich on the reverse. The surfaces are finely striated, as struck, but free of any notable defects, corrosion, heavy marks, etc. A single very light rim bruise is noted at 6:00 on the obverse, but it is trivial. The strike is good for the issue, with Harrison's charming if crude portrait nicely detailed and the log cabin extremely sharp. The flag above the log cabin reads "Tip," short for Harrison's nickname of Tippecanoe. An exciting piece, engraved and hand-struck by the college-age C.W. Betts (the man for whom Betts medals are named) as a collectible in an era when political medals were all the rage. Betts, who also produced hand-engraved whimsical fantasy colonial coins like the legendary Novuum Belgium copper, created a similar facing bust medal of Andrew Jackson, catalogued as Dewitt AJACK-A. Neither this nor the Jackson type is common, and both often appear either softly struck or plagued by post-striking issues like bruises or tinpest. This example is very nice, and it would make a great addition to any collection of "Betts" medals.

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 # 9501

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