US Coins

Early American History Auctions offers silver medals Feb. 13

Early American History Auctions 362-lot online sale Feb. 13 features an original, medium-size James Madison Indian Peace medal in silver.

The 62-millimeter medal, offered in choice Very Fine condition, according to the auction firm, is accompanied by a photographic certificate of authenticity from the American Numismatic Association Authentication Bureau.

The medal is offered with a pre-sale estimate of $28,000 to $34,000, according to Early American.

Attributed as Julian IP-6 in R.W. Julian’s Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century 1792-1892, the medal features obverse and reverse designs executed by U.S. Mint Engraver John Reich.

The 62-millimeter medal “was the size usually sold to collectors after the mint began selling medals to the public in 1861,” according to Julian.

Other offerings

Other medallic issues offered in the sale are a unique pair of award medals, one in silver and the other in copper, presented in 1874 at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition to John Shillito & Co., a department store business with a corporate history dating from 1830 to the late 20th century. The firm is probably best known numismatically as an issuer of encased postage stamps early in the Civil War.

The silver medal was presented for the “Display of Laces,” and the copper version, for “Rugs and Ottomans.”

The special medals, in choice Extremely Fine grade according to the auction firm, were presented by the Ohio Mechanics Institute, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade.

A silver 1763-dated medal from the Seven Years' War period (called the French and Indian War in America) is offered in choice EF to About Uncirculated condition, according to EAHA. It is attributed as Betts 446 by C. Wyllys Betts in American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals.

The medal bears the date of Feb. 15, 1763, marking the Treaty of Hubertusburg (involving Prussia, Austria and Saxony), which, with the Treaty of Paris, marked the end of the long war.

The medal’s obverse is dominated by the Messenger of Peace vignette, along with inscriptions related to the Feb. 15, 1763, treaty.

The medal, by German medallist and engraver Christian Daniel Oexlein, features the Latin inscriptions NVNCIA PACIS (Messenger of Peace) and IAM REDIRE AVDET – GERMANIA PACATA (Now she dares return – Germany at Peace).

For more information on the sale and other lots offered, visit the Early American website.

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