A unique example of the George Washington of Virginia medal restruck in gold in 1883 highlights Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Inc.’s Pre-Long Beach Auction Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
The restrike medal was produced under commission from Baltimore numismatist T. Harrison Garrett.
The 1,464-lot sale of United States coins and medals is to be held at the firm’s galleries at 11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 800, in Los Angeles. An additional 1,091 lots comprising ancient and world coins will be offered Sept. 2.
A 17.5 percent buyer’s fee will be added to the final closing hammer price of each lot sold.
Also offered is a 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar, Bowers-Borckardt 27 (as cataloged in Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States, Volume One, by Q. David Bowers, with contributions by Mark Borckardt), graded Mint State 61 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. A 1907 Barber quarter dollar graded NGC Proof 68 is in the auction, as is a 1909 Barber quarter dollar graded NGC Proof 68.
George Washington of Virginia gold medal
The gold restrike medal, recently graded and encapsulated by NGC, is based on the Baker 64 variety as cataloged in Medallic Portraits of Washington by W.S. Baker. The restrike medal is reported to have been struck in January 1883, according to the Baker reference.
Measuring 34.3 millimeters in diameter with a plain edge, the high relief gold medal weighs 2.3 ounces and is 4.5 millimeters thick.
According to the auction lot description, the dies from which the Washington medal was restruck in gold were originally prepared by German-born engraver Selig Baumgarten circa 1860.
One of Baumgarten’s sons, Herman Baumgarten, later engraved the 1877 version of the Great Seal of the United States.