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Session 2, Lot 70

Estimate: 2'000 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 900 USD
Art Medals - ANS Medals

"1905" (1906) John Paul Jones Plaque. Silver. 80 mm x 60 mm. By Victor David Brenner. Miller ANS-16, Smedley-128, Milford Haven-585. Mint State.
Light toned in mottled olive-gray, this is a handsome piece with overall smooth, nearly Choice surfaces. The American Numismatic Society contracted for 100 examples each of this medal in silver and bronze, as well as for a single specimen in gold. All except for the gold example were produced at the Paris Mint, and this specimen bears their cornucopia and ARGENT edge marks. Issued to commemorate the return of John Paul Jones' body to the United States after over a century of repose in an abandoned and built-over Paris cemetery.

This medal was found ca. 1940 in the desk of Allen P. Jones, who lived at 119 Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Our consignor is Jones' great grandson, whose family -- Benjamin -- arrived in Boston on September 16, 1632 aboard the ship Lion. The Benjamin family settled in Massachusetts and Connecticut and our consignor's grandfather, Eugene Wyman Benjamin, married into the Jones family in Greenfield, Massachusetts on September 2, 1913. His bride was Eleanor Jones, whose father was Allen P. Jones, in whose desk this medal was found. It is not known if Allen P. Jones and John Paul Jones were members of the same Jones family, but the possibility that this is the case is an intriguing one!

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