Rich chocolate brown with glossy fields. A trace of wear is evident on the highest parts of the design, obverse and reverse, however the fields are relatively free of the handling marks typical of these large medals.
This example has all of the die diagnostics of the original pieces as well as evidence of slight rim crumbling on the obverse from 10 o'clock to 1 o'clock, as seen on the superb original silver example that we sold in our August 2012 ANA Auction. Struck at the Paris Mint before 1842, as noted by the plain edge, this medal features what many consider to be the finest medallic rendering of a naval engagement of any era. A rare medal that is always in demand among collectors of early American and naval medals. Accompanied by a blue box that appears to be of modern manufacture.