Estimate: 20'000 USD
Starting price: 1 USD
Exceedingly Rare Silver Robinson Medal
One of Just Two Struck
The Garrett Specimen
1871 George F. Robinson Medal. Silver. 76.8 mm. 3,613.5 grains. By Anthony C. Paquet. Julian PE-27. MS-63 (NGC).
Witness line at 8:45. Both the obverse and reverse of this piece are a beautiful silver gray with iridescent gold overtones and a few areas of blue and rose, principally around the peripheries. The centers are very sharply struck and the dramatic rescue scene on the reverse is bold and clear. The rims are undamaged and the edge is sound. Extremely rare: one of just two struck in silver sometime between 1874 and the first half of 1875. This medal was voted by Congress in gold for Robinson's preventing the assassination of Secretary of State William Seward at the hazard of his own life. Robinson's gold medal was received by the Smithsonian in 1947.
From H.G. Sampson's sale of the J.C. Hill Collection, February 1884, lot 276; our (Bowers and Ruddy's) sale of the Garrett Collection, Part IV, March 1981, part of lot 1973; our (Stack's) sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part V, October 2004, lot 239; our ANA Sale of August 2016, lot 1088. Ford sale lot tag and paper envelopes with attribution and pedigree notes included.