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1779 DeFleury at Stony Point Electrotype

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1779 Col. DeFleury at Stony Point medal ELECTROTYPE. Copper shells, 47 mm. As Betts-566, Julian MI-4. Essentially as made. Produced from a high grade (apparently Unc) original specimen of this rare Comitia Americana medal. Quite thin, without the usual thick lead filling, but not entirely hollow based upon its reedy sonority. The surfaces are glossy and ideal chocolate brown, basined a bit deeper than a struck medal but not too wavy. No heavy marks are seen, just a smidge of verdigris at the boat under HOSTES on the reverse. The edge is rounded, filed, and shows the seam boldly around nearly the entire circumference, removing this electrotype copy from the realm of the dangerous and making it an ideal study piece. The DeFleury medal is one of the few Comitia Americana medals that was apparently never restruck from the original dies after the original production run (others include the other two Stony Point medals and the Nathanael Greene medal, of which just 24 were struck). Its rarity leaves Comitia Americana completists in a quandary: spend tens of thousands on an original, acquire an electrotype (or, less attractively, a cast), purchase a specimen struck from the 1880 U.S. Mint copy dies, or go without. In the second half of the 19th century, when this electrotype was likely made and when American medal collecting was perhaps at its peak, the choices were no different (though the price of an original was a bit less). Many major collectors, both private and institutional, would have been pleased to have had such a well-made electrotype to accurately depict these dies by Duvivier in their cabinet.

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 # 18011

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1779 Col. DeFleury at Stony Point medal ELECTROTYPE. Copper shells, 47 mm. As Betts-566, Julian MI-4. Essentially as made. Produced from a high grade (apparently Unc) original specimen of this rare Comitia Americana medal. Quite thin, without the usual thick lead filling, but not entirely hollow based upon its reedy sonority. The surfaces are glossy and ideal chocolate brown, basined a bit deeper than a struck medal but not too wavy. No heavy marks are seen, just a smidge of verdigris at the boat under HOSTES on the reverse. The edge is rounded, filed, and shows the seam boldly around nearly the entire circumference, removing this electrotype copy from the realm of the dangerous and making it an ideal study piece. The DeFleury medal is one of the few Comitia Americana medals that was apparently never restruck from the original dies after the original production run (others include the other two Stony Point medals and the Nathanael Greene medal, of which just 24 were struck). Its rarity leaves Comitia Americana completists in a quandary: spend tens of thousands on an original, acquire an electrotype (or, less attractively, a cast), purchase a specimen struck from the 1880 U.S. Mint copy dies, or go without. In the second half of the 19th century, when this electrotype was likely made and when American medal collecting was perhaps at its peak, the choices were no different (though the price of an original was a bit less). Many major collectors, both private and institutional, would have been pleased to have had such a well-made electrotype to accurately depict these dies by Duvivier in their cabinet.

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 # 18011

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