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1910 American Numismatic Society Member's Medal by Gutzon Borglum

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1910 American Numismatic Society Member's Medal by Gutzon Borglum

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1910 American Numismatic Society Member's Medal by Gutzon Borglum. Silver, 77 mm. Baxter-248, Marqusee-54, Belden p. 61. Choice About Uncirculated. Edge marked TIFFANY & Co. STERLING. Struck from the first run, accomplished by Tiffany before a second and later production was struck by Medallic Art Company. One of the classic American Beaux Arts medals, and one of the few medals by the famed Gutzon Borglum that collectors can aspire to own. The surfaces are an ideal antique deep olive gray with just the faintest few light reverse lines and a single minuscule tick on the obverse rim near 11:00. The derriere of the nude figure on the obverse is a bit bright, but little friction is noted elsewhere. This specimen was awarded to William Raymond Weeks, a member of the ANS since 1882 and a charter member of the New York Numismatic Club. Weeks authored the 1892 History of the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society of New York and served as both librarian and historiographer of the ANS. His collection was sold at auction by the Chapman Brothers in 1902 in a sale made famous by its inclusion of August Humbert's collection of territorial gold coins. An attorney by trade, he seems to have sold his collection in 1902 as an aftereffect of being busted in 1901 for pilfering from an estate he was entrusted. Weeks paid $8 for this silver medal in 1910, the standard issue price at the time. Today, specimens rarely appear on the market, and many (most?) associated with famous numismatists have made their way back to the ANS cabinet. Borglum's fame transcends numismatics (his G.B. signature appears hip-high to the left of the obverse figure), making a specimen of this medal a particularly interesting addition to a medallic cabinet.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 11039

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1910 American Numismatic Society Member's Medal by Gutzon Borglum. Silver, 77 mm. Baxter-248, Marqusee-54, Belden p. 61. Choice About Uncirculated. Edge marked TIFFANY & Co. STERLING. Struck from the first run, accomplished by Tiffany before a second and later production was struck by Medallic Art Company. One of the classic American Beaux Arts medals, and one of the few medals by the famed Gutzon Borglum that collectors can aspire to own. The surfaces are an ideal antique deep olive gray with just the faintest few light reverse lines and a single minuscule tick on the obverse rim near 11:00. The derriere of the nude figure on the obverse is a bit bright, but little friction is noted elsewhere. This specimen was awarded to William Raymond Weeks, a member of the ANS since 1882 and a charter member of the New York Numismatic Club. Weeks authored the 1892 History of the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society of New York and served as both librarian and historiographer of the ANS. His collection was sold at auction by the Chapman Brothers in 1902 in a sale made famous by its inclusion of August Humbert's collection of territorial gold coins. An attorney by trade, he seems to have sold his collection in 1902 as an aftereffect of being busted in 1901 for pilfering from an estate he was entrusted. Weeks paid $8 for this silver medal in 1910, the standard issue price at the time. Today, specimens rarely appear on the market, and many (most?) associated with famous numismatists have made their way back to the ANS cabinet. Borglum's fame transcends numismatics (his G.B. signature appears hip-high to the left of the obverse figure), making a specimen of this medal a particularly interesting addition to a medallic cabinet.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 11039

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