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A Medallic Memorial to Rev. George Whitefield, the Founder of the Great Awakening, Betts-526

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A Medallic Memorial to Rev. George Whitefield, the Founder of the Great Awakening, Betts-526

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1770 Rev. George Whitefield memorial medal. Betts-526. Copper, 33 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. The variety with Rev. in the obverse legend; another variety that is also termed Betts-526 lacks this title. Coin turn. Highly attractive glossy olive brown with good remaining lustre and little to no friction on the high points. Some ancient hairlines are detected in the fields under a glass, not enough to scare away even the most finicky. No marks or damage, good sharpness of strike, some light doubling on the reverse. The Whitefield medals have long been under appreciated (see the Ford sale prices realized, mostly under $200 each). They don't turn up often, either here or in England. For those who study American religious history, Whitefield looms large as a character during the colonial era, with his influence perhaps as great or greater as William Penn or Jonathan Edwards. Whitefield, an Anglican preacher, is credited with starting the Great Awakening in the American colonies. Tens of thousands came to hear him preach, including the notoriously skeptical Benjamin Franklin, who famously yielded "a handful of Copper Money, three or four silver Dollars, and five Pistoles in gold" to Whitefield's rhetorical flourishes in 1739. 

Whitefield died in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1770, and this medal was struck shortly thereafter. Many of the Whitefield memorial medals are found well worn, indicating his followers kept them as pocket pieces for years. Needless to say, there would have been a ready market for them in both England and, especially, America. 

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 # 17004

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1770 Rev. George Whitefield memorial medal. Betts-526. Copper, 33 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. The variety with Rev. in the obverse legend; another variety that is also termed Betts-526 lacks this title. Coin turn. Highly attractive glossy olive brown with good remaining lustre and little to no friction on the high points. Some ancient hairlines are detected in the fields under a glass, not enough to scare away even the most finicky. No marks or damage, good sharpness of strike, some light doubling on the reverse. The Whitefield medals have long been under appreciated (see the Ford sale prices realized, mostly under $200 each). They don't turn up often, either here or in England. For those who study American religious history, Whitefield looms large as a character during the colonial era, with his influence perhaps as great or greater as William Penn or Jonathan Edwards. Whitefield, an Anglican preacher, is credited with starting the Great Awakening in the American colonies. Tens of thousands came to hear him preach, including the notoriously skeptical Benjamin Franklin, who famously yielded "a handful of Copper Money, three or four silver Dollars, and five Pistoles in gold" to Whitefield's rhetorical flourishes in 1739. 

Whitefield died in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1770, and this medal was struck shortly thereafter. Many of the Whitefield memorial medals are found well worn, indicating his followers kept them as pocket pieces for years. Needless to say, there would have been a ready market for them in both England and, especially, America. 

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 # 17004

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