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Lot 266: 1799 George Washington Westwood Medal. First Rev. Bronze. Baker-80A NGC MS-63 BN
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Gorgeous 1799 George Washington Westwood Medal as the "Late President of the United States of America"
"1799" (c. 1800) George Washington Westwood Medal. First Reverse. Struck in Bronze. Plain Edge. Baker-80A. NGC graded Mint State-63 BN.
41mm. One of the earliest contemporary Washington medals. This gorgeous example of the historic 1799 dated George Washington "Westwood" Eulogistic (formally expressing praise) Medal is Struck in Bronze, conservatively graded having a Gem Semi-Prooflike Uncirculated appearance. It is a fairly rare early George Washington Memorial medal, produced soon after his death. This example being special in such a remarkably pleasing Uncirculated condition. Dies by John Westwood. A well struck and well above-average example of this rarity. An example of the First Reverse die, with no periods located below "68" and after "People" within the reverse side legend. The Obverse displays a Profile bust of Washington; Obverse legend reads: "George Washington, Esqr. Late President of the United States of America"; Reverse with 13 Arrows above an inscription hailing Washington's: "With Courage / And Fidelity / He Defended The / Rights / Of A Free People / Died Decr. 14, 1799 / Aged / 68" and around: "Made Commander In Chief Of The American Forces The 15 June 1775." A gorgeous problem-free medal with natural smooth hard, semi-prooflike glossy-brown surfaces. In all, a large, impressive, infrequently seen and important addition to any Washingtonia collection. Ex: American Numismatic Rarities, The Old Colony Collection Auction, December 6-7, 2005, Lot 138 (no lot tag).