||Alan V. Weinberg comments: When I handed this silver Gem toned proof to John Sallay? for photography, the lighting? seemed to reveal a tooled/repaired/buffed obv field. What? Close examination revealed a myriad of very fine obv die cracks as if the entire obv die was on the verge of shattering into many pieces, held intact by only the die collar. The planes of the obv surface were at angles to each other! This explains the Society's opting for the smaller version silver. The medal was a untampered gem as I'd first thought- with apparently a very limited die life.