Metal-detecting discovery: Pewter medal a 1976 replica

Readers Ask column from March 41, 2014, issue of Coin World
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Published : 03/14/14
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I found this medal with a metal detector. Any information would help. Thanks.

Larry Towle

Via email

The images the reader provided of the 38-millimeter pewter medal show a U.S. Mint-struck reproduction from the 1970s of the original George Washington Before Boston 1776 medal.

The original George Washington Before Boston 1776 medal was part of the Comitia Americana series of medals, authorized by Congress to commemorate significant American victories during the Revolutionary War and honor the military officers who achieved them.

The original gold George Washington Before Boston 1776 medal, 65 millimeters in diameter and presented to Washington in 1790, is housed at the Boston Public Library.

Duplicates, also in 65-millimeter diameter, have been struck over the years at the Paris Mint in silver and bronze versions for sale to collectors.

Additional restrikes with newly made, modified dies, are known to have been made at the Philadelphia Mint long after the original was produced in Paris.

The designs for the original medal were executed by engraver Pierre Simon DuVivier.

The obverse is based on a bust of Washington by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. The reverse depicts Washington on horseback pointing toward the retreating British fleet while the Continental Army readies to retake the city of Boston on March 17, 1776.

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