Gold Sons of the Revolution medal in Early American sale

1883-dated piece by Bailey, Banks & Biddle
By , Coin World
Published : 05/10/16
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An 1883-dated Sons of the Revolution 14-karat gold membership medal highlights Early American's May 20 and 21 sale.

The 220-lot offering comprises collectibles listed under the headings Colonial America, American Revolution, George Washington Related, Federal Period, War of 1812, and Period Autographs.

The Sons of the Revolution medal, graded Choice Extremely Fine, carries an estimate of $1,000 to $1,200. Numbered 3633, the 44-millimeter by 30-millimeter oval medal suspended from its original blue and yellow ribbon, was manufactured by Bailey, Banks, and Biddle, whose hallmark is stamped incuse into the back of the eagle portion of the medal's design.

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The medal's obverse features a drop-wing American eagle perched atop a portrait of a Continental Army soldier with a rifle strapped to his back. The reverse depicts a portrait of George Washington facing right.

The Sons of the Revolution group was founded in 1876 by leading members of the Society of the Cincinnati who were not receptive to that society's restrictive membership requirements.

Macerated currency

Among the more unusual lots being offered is a portrait plaque depicting Washington that is made from $1,000 in macerated United States paper money.

According to the lot description, the piece, made circa 1925 from recycled paper money destroyed by the U.S. Treasury, measures 6 inches by 3.5 inches, is mounted on hard cardboard, and in Choice Near Mint condition.

It carries an estimate of $240 to $320.

Military uniform buttons

Early American's sale includes three pewter military uniform buttons, two from the American Revolutionary War period and one from the War of 1812.

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