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Session US Coins, Lot 523





Estimate: 25'000 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Online bidding closed
1825 John Quincy Adams Indian Peace Medal. Medium Size. Silver. 62.5 mm, 3.2 to 3.4 mm thick. 105.21 grams. By Moritz Furst and John Reich. Julian IP-12. Choice Very Fine.
Relatively smooth light silver gray, with just the faintest trace of light polish. Some deeper patina around the rims, motifs and legends nicely accentuates the design features. A series of small marks in the obverse field, and elsewhere to a lesser degree, are consistent with a worn Indian Peace medal, typically the most desired state of such pieces. These medals were proudly worn, and often passed through generations resulting in heavy wear and abrasions. However, this one is particularly nice. A couple of trivial rim nicks are noted and, again, are typical. Neatly pierced, without excessive wear in the hole. A near duplicate to the piece we sold in our August 2013 ANA Auction (lot 1044), down to the position of the mint-made suspension piercing that, curiously, is a few millimeters right of the guide mark seen just within the rim on the reverse. That piece brought $25,850, after spirited bidding competition. This would be a wonderful addition to any collection of these incredibly historic artifacts. These medals bridge several collecting interests. They combine presidential history and portraiture, themes of Western expansion and Native American policy to purely numismatic interests focused on American historical medals and their art. They are at once fascinating to behold and as highly prized as they are rare and important.
Lovely Worn John Quincy Adams Peace Medal
From our February, 2014 Americana Sale (Lot 24) where this specimen was noted to be "A newly discovered specimen, found in a western Oklahoma farm field in the 1920s by our consignor's grandfather".

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