E-Auction 27

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Closed October 17, 2018

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    E27, Lot 199:

    UNITED STATES. Paul Revere Sesquicentennial Medal. Silver. 210 gm. 63 mm. Designed by Anthony De Francisci (designer of the US Peace dollar). Issued by the ANS, 1925. Paul Revere standing with his horse looking toward the church steeple where he will hang his lantern to signal the arrival of the British; PAUL REVERE SESQVI-CENTENNIAL 1925 around / Profile left of Paul Revere with symbols of his military service and of his trade as a silversmith; PATRIOT — SOLDIER | SILVERSMITH — ENGRAVER across; 1735 | 1818 in two lines in field; PAUL REVERE around the top. Extremely Fine; toned; (images of the medal on the Smithsonian website show the design detail as relatively low relief, just as this example); rare. The Smithsonian American Art Museum website illustrates this piece in bronze and lead.

    This was the 45th piece struck in the ANS medallic art series. According to Miller (Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society. A 2015 ANS publication), “at least 65” were struck in silver and 173 in bronze. The medal of an American subject was partly a response to criticism of the ANS for the fact that “many of the medals issued in the preceding years had related to foreigners.” Its unusual appearance with a rounded edge may suggest that it was cast but contemporary references refer to it as struck. Seldom offered, the only sale record I could locate was a silver piece that Heritage sold in 2006 for $184.

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