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Session 2, Lot 28

Estimate: 1'500 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 960 USD
Naval Medals

1804 Commodore Edward Preble at Tripoli Medal. Original Dies. Bronzed Copper. 64 mm. Julian NA-3. Specimen-61 (PCGS).
Deep olive and milk chocolate brown over much of the surface. Generous reddish mahogany patina is noted through the legends, which invitingly turns to pale blue and violet when the medal is at a certain angle to a light source. A bit of handling with related tiny marks and light patina breaks noted on the high points, but the appearance is very satisfying overall.

Struck from the original dies in late states, with considerable die spalling noted on both sides. This is most intense on the reverse, which also shows signs of a prominent double strike. This die was clearly near the end of its life, and sizable rim breaks are noted from 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock. These show evidence of ancient filing, likely from the time of production, as most Preble medals seen bear these cuds and nearly all are heavily filed suggesting it happened at the source.

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