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Scarce Aluminum Strike of Augustus Sage's Independence Hall Medalet

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Scarce Aluminum Strike of Augustus Sage's Independence Hall Medalet

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(ca. 1870) State House Philadelphia medalet by Augustus B. Sage. White metal (alumiunum), 31 mm. Choice Mint State. Plain edge. 167.0 grains. A restrike variety, produced for Isaac Wood from the original dies about a decade after Sage produced copper originals. This piece appears to be struck in aluminum, with the same light, in-hand heft you'd expect of that composition, along with its usual faint striations and lack of oxidation. Both sides are nicely reflective, the obverse more than reverse, untoned and lustrous. Just the faintest evidence of handling is seen. No rim cuds are seen, just a bit of die rust, making this the earlier of the two die states described by Dave Bowers in his American Numismatics Before the Civil War, which also serves as a catalogue of Sage tokens. These designs are among the most interesting of Sage's Historical Series, showing Independence Hall and a small liberty cap on the obverse with the legend "The Patriots Rendezvous in '76" on the reverse. Rendezvous was originally spelled Rendesvous, and the correction is visible under low magnification.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7021

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(ca. 1870) State House Philadelphia medalet by Augustus B. Sage. White metal (alumiunum), 31 mm. Choice Mint State. Plain edge. 167.0 grains. A restrike variety, produced for Isaac Wood from the original dies about a decade after Sage produced copper originals. This piece appears to be struck in aluminum, with the same light, in-hand heft you'd expect of that composition, along with its usual faint striations and lack of oxidation. Both sides are nicely reflective, the obverse more than reverse, untoned and lustrous. Just the faintest evidence of handling is seen. No rim cuds are seen, just a bit of die rust, making this the earlier of the two die states described by Dave Bowers in his American Numismatics Before the Civil War, which also serves as a catalogue of Sage tokens. These designs are among the most interesting of Sage's Historical Series, showing Independence Hall and a small liberty cap on the obverse with the legend "The Patriots Rendezvous in '76" on the reverse. Rendezvous was originally spelled Rendesvous, and the correction is visible under low magnification.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7021

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