Lot #3. 1799 Washington Stuart Portrait Birth and Death Medal. Baker-129. White Metal. VF.
The February 2008 Baltimore Auction - 3/1/2008
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44 millimeters. Very little is known of the origin of this elusive Washington piece. The obverse portrait follows noted early American artist Gilbert Stuart, but the medal may have been struck in England circa 1820. Whereas most examples are holed at the top for suspension, the piece that we are offering here has not been so treated. Both sides have acquired moderate wear, however, the surfaces also being largely toned in steel-gray patina. Flashes of the original silvery-white finish are still evident in some of the protected areas around Washington's portrait and the reverse wreath. A few of the letters around the obverse periphery and in the center of the reverse are a bit softly impressed, but all design elements are clearly discernible. None of the scattered contact marks are worthy of singular mention.