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1851 Robert M. Patterson Mint Director medal. Julian MT-2. Bronze, 65 mm. About Uncirculated

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1851 Robert M. Patterson Mint Director medal. Julian MT-2. Bronze, 65 mm. About Uncirculated

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SKU: 000107

$625.00

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Dies by C.C. Wright. Just the lightest whisper of cabinet friction on the highest point of Patterson's portrait away from Mint State. A rare and important Mint medal, depicting Robert Maskell Patterson on the occasion of his retirement from his 16 year term as Director of the Mint. According to Carl Carlson's figures, just 28 pieces were struck in bronze, including the bronze that ended up in Patterson's personal collection (which I was recently able to place privately, in its entirety). Patterson's piece showed evidence of handling -- one can imagine his grandkids fiddling with it -- and this one does too, with a thin old horizontal scratch in the right obverse field, a dull mark left of R of REGARD on the reverse, and a longer dull mark below 1851 to the right of MINT on the reverse. The surfaces are highly lustrous, light brown with hints of gold and blue, rich with visual appeal.This medal is the only one in the whole Mint medal catalogue that actually depicts a Mint Act, in this case the Act of 1837, which utterly overhauled American coinage. For anyone who collects Seated Liberty coinage, that fact alone makes this a highly desirable medal. The only truly choice example of this medal I've ever seen was in the Harry Bass Collection. This one is the pretties one I've owned, Patterson's own included.

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 # 000107

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Details

Dies by C.C. Wright. Just the lightest whisper of cabinet friction on the highest point of Patterson's portrait away from Mint State. A rare and important Mint medal, depicting Robert Maskell Patterson on the occasion of his retirement from his 16 year term as Director of the Mint. According to Carl Carlson's figures, just 28 pieces were struck in bronze, including the bronze that ended up in Patterson's personal collection (which I was recently able to place privately, in its entirety). Patterson's piece showed evidence of handling -- one can imagine his grandkids fiddling with it -- and this one does too, with a thin old horizontal scratch in the right obverse field, a dull mark left of R of REGARD on the reverse, and a longer dull mark below 1851 to the right of MINT on the reverse. The surfaces are highly lustrous, light brown with hints of gold and blue, rich with visual appeal.This medal is the only one in the whole Mint medal catalogue that actually depicts a Mint Act, in this case the Act of 1837, which utterly overhauled American coinage. For anyone who collects Seated Liberty coinage, that fact alone makes this a highly desirable medal. The only truly choice example of this medal I've ever seen was in the Harry Bass Collection. This one is the pretties one I've owned, Patterson's own included.

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 # 000107

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