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Session 2, Lot 24

Estimate: 1'250 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 660 USD
Military Medals

1848 Major General Winfield Scott Medal. Bronzed Copper. 90 mm. Engraved by Charles Cushing Wright. Julian MI-26. Specimen-63 (PCGS).
An attractive example of this large and skillfully accomplished medal. Deep chocolate and mahogany brown surfaces exhibit gentle mottling. A couple of small marks are noted on the portrait, but the broad obverse fields are rather clean, as is the reverse which exhibits no notable marks. Though the reverse has been criticized as "cluttered" in design, this perhaps only shines further light on the skill of the engraver, C.C. Wright, who was able to beautifully render the complex design into the steel. The remarkable die features a scene of the Battle of Mexico City at the center, within a circle of six oval wreaths enclosing views of the major victories of the Mexican War. Arguably, few would have been able to accomplish such an engraving with such notable overall balance.

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