MINT OR NATIONAL MEDALS
From the New Netherlands Coin Co. 36th Catalogue,
January 26th, 1952:
"During the early years of the Republic,
Congress authorized the striking of medals to suitably
award various individuals for their distinguished national
service. The first of these was the famous "Washington
Before Boston" medal which is generally listed under the
Washington series. The great majority of the medals
authorized and struck commemorated heroes of the
Revolution and the War of 1812-15. Original impressions
are rare, several extremely so.
In 1855, it was decided to manufacture "Restrikes" in
bronze, at the Philadelphia mint, for sale to collectors and
other interested individuals. This reflected a practice long
prevalent at the Paris mint. Unfortunately, all the original
dies were not available, and commencing in 1861, imitation
or replica dies were cut in Philadelphia so as to complete
the series. Early restrikes or impressions, of the Civil War
period and later, can easily be distinguished by a "Bronzed"
appearance. Late strikings imitate European practices and
the examples available in recent years, at the Philadelphia
mint, have a yellowish bronze appearance."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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