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Session 2, Lot 12

Estimate: 1'000 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 1'320 USD
Early American and Betts Medals

Undated (ca. 1816) Archibald Binny Medal. Joined White Metal Splashers. By Moritz Furst. Neuzil-51. MS-63 (PCGS).
A great rarity from the shop of esteemed early American engraver, Mortiz Furst. Satiny light pewter gray with brilliant silvery outlines close to the devices and through the legends where the surfaces are best protected. Traces of trivial pesting are noted under magnification, but the eye appeal is excellent. This is the plate piece imaged in Chris Neuzil’s monograph, “A Reckoning of Moritz Furst’s American Medals,” published in The Medal in America, vol. 2, for the 1997 Coinage of the America’s Conference #13. Neuzil noted that “this rare medal is known from a single struck example in white metal and a pair of joined splashers.” This piece is the pair of joined splashers. A silver electrotype example is also known, having appeared in Part IX of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, in 2005 at lot 75. That piece brought just over $1100, and we are aware of no other appearances since. Beautifully accomplished, and important as a rarity by Furst.

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