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1927 Medal for the Sesquicentennial of New York State. Gold. 62 mm. 159.68 grams. By Charles Keck. Unique gold specimen presented to New York Governor (and presidential candidate) Alfred E. Smith. Mint State.
Unique 1777-1927 Governor of New York George Clinton Gold Medal
The Only Gold Striking Ever Produced Presented to Governor Alfred E. Smith for the Sesquicentennial of New York State
Obv: facing bust, GEORGE CLINTON below, FIRST GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK around, C. KECK incused at shoulder. Rev: central building representing the Old Courthouse at Kingston, New York, TO COMMEMORATE THE SEISQUI-CENTENIAL [sic] OF THE FOUNDING OF THE / GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK AT KINGSTON around building in two concentric circles, JULY 30 / 1777-1927 below building. Edge lightly filed throughout, stamped 18Kt. Dies by Charles Keck, a student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who was also responsible for the 1915-S Panama-Pacific commemorative gold dollar. Interestingly enough, an article in a summer edition of
in 1927 pointed out Keck's misspelling of the word "commemorative."
Deep olive gold with soft luster and exceptional eye appeal; this high relief medal has been carefully handled over the ensuing 85 years since its issue. Frosty and mattelike throughout with deeper golden toning in the protected areas of the design.
During ceremonies held in Kingston, New York on September 10, 1927, the presently offered
gold medal was presented to New York Governor Alfred E. Smith by Judge A.T. Clearwater, Honorary Chairman of the Kingston Sesquicentennial, the executive committee for the 150th Anniversary of the American Revolution in New York, chaired by Dr. A.C. Flick. This gold medal was presented to Smith during ceremonies for the laying of the cornerstone for the Kingston Museum, in which was placed an example of the medal in bronze and in a copper box, one of 150 struck in bronze for presentation to museums and libraries across the state. At about 2 o'clock in the afternoon on September 10, Governor Smith gave a short speech in which he thanked Mrs. Alton Parker for her hard work in making the Kingston Museum a reality. After a short speech by Mrs. Parker, Judge Clearwater presented the gold medal offered here to Governor Smith.
Unique in gold format, the present medal should appeal widely to collectors who specialize in memorabilia of New York as well as to those who appreciate the medal's ties to the American Revolution.
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