Philip Mernick of London writes:
Regarding Dick Johnson's item about Damascened medals,
I am sure he is wrong about them being late restrikes. As far as I know they are 18th century. I have a splendid Damascened Dassier medal of Martin Folkes, dated 1740, he was President of the Royal Society from 1741.
On damascened medals, the relief is gilt and the field "bronzed." Thanks for the image - nice medal!
Philip contacted Chris Eimer, who writes:
I am with you on this, and unless I have completed misunderstood the matter, it has absolutely nothing to do with electro-plating.
In a nutshell, I believe the process to comprise the gilding, perhaps by gold leaf, of the entire surface of the medal, after which those areas of the surface which do not constitute the relief have the gilding or leaf removed. And yes, they most certainly constitute part of the original issue.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC VOCABULARY: DAMASCENE
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