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Estimate: 170 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 900 USD
Early American and Betts Medals

1747 Lord Anson Medal. Silver. 43.3 mm. 33.4 grams. Betts-382, Eimer- 616. Extremely Fine.
Pale silver-gray with some deeper gray and pale golden toning around the peripheries. A trifle bright from an old polishing, yet very sharp with no significant flaws. A fascinating medal, struck to commemorate the successful circumnavigation of the world by Commodore George Anson in his vessel Centurion, a voyage highlighted by the capture of the Spanish vessel Cobadonga and its fantastic treasure off the Philippines in June of 1743. The obverse legends refer to the victory over the French at Cape Finisterre, Spain on May 3, 1747. This medal comes in two minor reverse varieties, varying in the spelling of the name of one of Anson's commanders, John Campbell. This is the updated version with his name spelled CAMPBEL, which is still missing the final L, but better than the original that had the single L as well as a H in place of the B!

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