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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 44, October 29, 2006, Article 21

1799 WASHINGTON GOLD SKULL AND CROSSBONES MEDAL

Another interesting item in the Stack's Rarities sale is a 1799
Washington Skull and Crossbones Funeral medal, also in gold.

"Crosby was an avid collector of Washington funeral medals,
collecting them by die variety long before George Fuld was a twinkle
(though Crosby would have loved to have had his research help we
suspect!). He owned 10 different examples, including a gold Urn,
three Silver Urns, the unique copper Urn that reappeared in the
Steinberg Collection, two silver Skull and Crossbones, and a white
metal Skull and Crossbones. He did not own gold Skull and Crossbones,
though one of his silver examples of this type was called "Silver.
Uncirculated. Sharp. Perfect." That piece was struck from the same
dies as this piece and the silver piece in Ford.

Many objects in numismatics are desirable because they're rare,
and there is a certain joy in owning something that few can possess.
Even more special are the objects that are both rare and historic,
the pieces with a connection to an important historical person,
story, or event. But how many pieces that meet those criteria can be
placed in a certain place at a certain time 206 years ago? How many
of that tiny subset has a provenance that is well defined and unbroken
since Lincoln was in the White House?"

To view the complete lot description and view an image of the medal, see:
lot description

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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