Lot #3. 1720 Louisbourg Founded. Betts-144. Bronze. Plain Edge. AU.
The June 2009 Baltimore Auction - 6/11/2009
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41 millimeters. Choice, glossy, medium-brown surfaces with excellent eye appeal. Only a few minor handling marks are noted, and then again only in the reverse field, although there is also a trace of light roughness at the extreme peripheries between the tops of the legends and the rims. This piece is an early striking of the type with a plain edge and minor rum cuds at 10-11 o'clock on the obverse and 10 o'clock on the reverse. A superb example of this popular medal.
Betts-144 was issued to mark the founding of Louisbourg, France's great fortress at the tip of Cape Breton Island. The fortress would yield to New Englanders in 1745 and English forces once more in 1758. Today the fort stands once again, rebuilt, as an impressive historical park.