Web site visitor Michael Franklin
submitted these images of a Washington piece he has. Does this look familiar to anyone? With the 1776-1876 dates I figured it's some sort of Centennial item, and asked our resident expert Ron Abler for his thoughts, which appear below. Thanks!
Ron Abler writes:
Yes, it is a Centennial medal. It appears to be a white metal version of HK 32a. If so, it is the first I’ve seen in that alloy.
I don’t think it is listed in Rulau-Fuld, but it is a mule of the obverse of Baker 404 and the reverse of Baker 397. Holland incorrectly describes the obverse die in his number 38 by saying that the date in truncation under the bust is “1876,” when it is obviously 1776. Frossard describes the obverse correctly in his number 314, but neither author lists this particular mule. I do not own this medal in either bronze or white metal, but for illustration purposes I have included the obverse and reverse from the separate medals, below.
Michael Franklin reports that his piece weighs 22.2 grams.
22.2 grams is spot on for a white metal version. That’s good for me because I knew of it only in bronze.
My bronze pieces (different mules, same dies, weigh in at 26.5 to 32.0 grams. Kind of hard to expect a bronze piece to come in as low as 22.2, when my white metal pieces (again, same dies, different mules) range from 18.2 to 22.2 grams.
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