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Lot 3042


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Type Coin
Title Lot 3042
Date 1787
Side reverse
Grade 12
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 869
Denomination COPPER
Description 1783 MEDAL Treaty of Paris Medal, Pewter Fine 12 NGC. Crosby Page 370, Betts-614, R.6. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. 345.4 grains, 85% tin, 9% lead, 2% copper per NGC metallurgical tests. The obverse legend, FELICITAS BRITANNIA ET AMERICA, commemorates British and American friendship. The date of September 4, 1783 marks the day that news of the treaty reached London. The reverse is a copy of Newman reverse C of the Continental dollar, with 13 linked rings representing the original colonies with New Hampshire at the top. The central reverse shows the circular words AMERICAN CONGRESS with WE ARE ONE within. The obverse expresses an allegorical representation of future friendship (felicity) between Britain and America. A "dove of peace" holds an olive branch between a standing Indian queen (symbolic of America) and the seated Britannia. Background images portray a city view of London, with St. Paul's Cathedral to the left. Betts reported just two impressions were known when his book was originally published, but today more than a dozen examples are known. The Betts editors noted: {blockquote}"Of this medal only two impressions are at present known, and it seems to be a mule -- the reverse of the well -known 'Continental currency': combined with the obverse described. The execution, like the Latin of the legend, is poor. The engraving is not quite correct."{/blockquote} This medal commemorates the treaty that marked the official end of the colonial period. Eric P. Newman notes this is most likely the only medal made in America to commemorate the Treaty of Paris, the event that confirmed American Independence. Other scholars suggest it may be a British medal. Most recently, the issue is listed in the 2007 Jaeger and Bowers reference, 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. Typical of most surviving examples, the surfaces are pewter-gray with noticeable corrosion at the right side of the obverse. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $35.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $9987.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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