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Tiffany and Co.'s Very Rare Christopher Columbus Medal in Silver

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Tiffany and Co.'s Very Rare Christopher Columbus Medal in Silver

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Ex. John J. Ford Jr., earlier from Olga Raymond on October 22, 1961.

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(1893) Christopher Columbus medal by Tiffany and Co. Silver, 77 mm. Eglit 104, Baxter 85. Choice Mint State. Perhaps the most stately and impressive Columbus medal struck to mark the quadricentennial of Columbus landing in the New World, one of a scant few known to have been struck in silver. Sponsored by the ANS, the medal was struck at Tiffany's New York City facilities. While mintage figures are unknown, Russ Rulau's Discovering America notes that "the silver specimens are excessively rare. The 1981 Springfield [Bowers and Ruddy] catalogue revealed that only two specimens had been seen in 30 years." Joe Levine noted in his 2012 auction (PCAC #82) that "we can account for only 4 silver medals appearing at auction in the last 35 years." An example sold in the 2011 Stack's Americana sale for $4,025. This specimen was the only one owned by John J. Ford, Jr. acquired by him from Wayte Raymond's widow Olga in 1961. Its surfaces show attractive dusky pale grey envelope toning over the matte surfaces seen on both sides, yielding attractive pale toning highlights under a light source. No marks, scratches, or hairlines are seen, just a touch of true cabinet friction on the highest points of the high relief portrait and a few infinitesimal marks on the raised rim just below 3:00 on the obverse. The quality and eye appeal of this piece are excellent, and its rarity speaks for itself. Large and majestic, this American-made medal by Tiffany must stand as one of the prime medallic tributes to Columbus in the era of the World's Columbian Exposition.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 50021

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(1893) Christopher Columbus medal by Tiffany and Co. Silver, 77 mm. Eglit 104, Baxter 85. Choice Mint State. Perhaps the most stately and impressive Columbus medal struck to mark the quadricentennial of Columbus landing in the New World, one of a scant few known to have been struck in silver. Sponsored by the ANS, the medal was struck at Tiffany's New York City facilities. While mintage figures are unknown, Russ Rulau's Discovering America notes that "the silver specimens are excessively rare. The 1981 Springfield [Bowers and Ruddy] catalogue revealed that only two specimens had been seen in 30 years." Joe Levine noted in his 2012 auction (PCAC #82) that "we can account for only 4 silver medals appearing at auction in the last 35 years." An example sold in the 2011 Stack's Americana sale for $4,025. This specimen was the only one owned by John J. Ford, Jr. acquired by him from Wayte Raymond's widow Olga in 1961. Its surfaces show attractive dusky pale grey envelope toning over the matte surfaces seen on both sides, yielding attractive pale toning highlights under a light source. No marks, scratches, or hairlines are seen, just a touch of true cabinet friction on the highest points of the high relief portrait and a few infinitesimal marks on the raised rim just below 3:00 on the obverse. The quality and eye appeal of this piece are excellent, and its rarity speaks for itself. Large and majestic, this American-made medal by Tiffany must stand as one of the prime medallic tributes to Columbus in the era of the World's Columbian Exposition.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 50021

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