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Lot 150: CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL Yellow Fever

Blackwell Auctions LLC

February 12, 2022
Clearwater, FL, US

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1929 Congressional Gold Medal for the Conquest of Yellow Fever. Awarded to John Kissinger. In 1900, Kissinger was the FIRST person to step up and volunteer to be infected in order for his commanding officer, Dr. Walter Reed, to test and confirm his working theory of how the deadly disease was spread. Reed later wrote that in his opinion, Kissinger’s “exhibition of moral courage has never been surpassed in the annals of the Army of the United States.” The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the government, equal to the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but far less frequently awarded. The medal, awarded by an act of Congress, has been given out only 173 times, versus 647 Presidential Medals of Freedom. Each Congressional Gold Medal is created by the U.S Mint, and its design is unique to the honor bestowed on the recipient. This medal is struck in .999 solid gold (XRF tested), measures 2-1/2" diameter, and weighs 6.2 Troy ounces. Comes with original leather presentation box with Kissinger's name embossed on it, as well as the original 1933 award banquet program. The historical importance of this collection can hardly be overstated. Also in this auction are several other pieces from Kissinger's estate related to the fight against yellow fever. Provenance: The entire collection offered here (lots 150 through 156) was obtained decades ago directly from the family of John Kissinger and has been in the same hands since then.

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Shipping: Each auction item notes in its catalog description whether it can be shipped in-house or will require 3rd party shipping.

*For many small items, we provide in-house packing and shipping via UPS and USPS that is done with excellence and is competitively priced. Your invoice will include a shipping fee if we're able to ship your item, and you are also welcome to contact local third-party shippers or make your own arrangements for pickup or shipping. Items that can be shipped in-house are noted in the catalog. Please see the Terms page on our website for more information on shipping carriers' insurance policies.
*Some items must be shipped by your own arrangements -- you will need to contact vendors directly for quotes and to make arrangements. Items that require 3rd party shipping are noted in the catalog.
*As of 11/1/2021, purchases left at the gallery 30 days after the auction will be considered abandoned and will become the property of Blackwell Auctions, with no refund given.
Resources for 3rd party/freight/cargo delivery:
You may use any vendor you wish. This list includes some of our suggested vendors.
o UPS store 4567: [email protected] phone: (727)725-9985
o UPS store 6886: [email protected] phone:(727)592-5402
o ORBIT PROFESSIONAL PACKING CRATING (888) 247-8540 or 727-507-7447 [email protected] www.orbitppc.com (U.S. & International)
o CRATERS & FREIGHTERS (813) 889-9008 ( 877) 448-7447 Fax (813) 884-8393 [email protected] www.cratersandfreighters.com (U.S. & International)
o TOP NOTCH TRANSPORT (US) (309)253-9700 [email protected]
o We've had several buyers be pleased with this service -- https://www.uship.com/

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* The Florida Department of Revenue does not accept out of state resale certificates. If the buyer takes delivery of the item in Florida, either in person or via mail, and does not have a valid FL resale certificate, applicable sales tax of 7% must be collected. Out of state dealers may also present an affidavit that items are intended for resale and can then be exempt from sales tax. If you have a valid FLORIDA tax-exempt resale certificate,please email a copy of it to [email protected] to have the sales tax removed.

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