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100622 | UNITED STATES. George Washington copper "Star" Medal. NGC MS64 RB

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    100622 | UNITED STATES. George Washington copper Medal. Issued circa 1865. "Star" medal; first obverse (31mm, 12h). By G. Lovett in New York.


    Head left with wreath of laurel branch and palm frond / WASHINGTON among sun rays; all within polylobe containing 13 stars in each arch and 13 triangular wedges in each spandrel.


    Musante GW-272; Baker 97A; Julian –. Graded NGC MS64 Red Brown. Attractive reddish-brown surfaces on the obverse, with some olive green throughout. The top pop for the type at NGC. For cert verification, please follow this link.


    Ex Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Collection (Heritage 1235, 10 June 2016), lot 98519.


    A lifetime collector of U.S. numismatics and exonumia, Rev. McClure served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, IL for 25 years, passing away in 1932. His collection was bequeathed to his grandson, who kept it in a safety deposit box for over 70 years, ultimately coming back onto the market this decade. The Washington "Star" medal is fairly straightforward in design, the sole purpose of which was to celebrate the glory of the first president of the United States. His bust on the obverse is set between emblems of victory and peace—the palm and laurel branches—and the reverse simply displays his name within a polylobe segmented once for each of the original thirteen colonies.


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