102544 | UNITED STATES. Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral silvered white metal Medal
102544 | UNITED STATES. Philadelphia. Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul silvered white metal Medal. Issued 1864 (80mm, 222.26 g, 12h). By A. Paquet.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, PHILADELPHIA, frontal view of the cathedral; in two lines in exergue, BEGUN 1846 / COMPLETED 1864 // TU ES PETRUS ET SUPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM / VAS ELECTIONIS EST MIHI ISTE UT PORTET NOMEN MEUM CORAM GENTIBUS, perspective interior view, from a vantage point just left of center. Edge: Plain, outside of the noted bruises.
Eidlitz 1129. About Uncirculated details. Some scattered edge bruises, along with some scratches in the fields. Nevertheless, a very rare and extremely popular type that, when encountered, almost always exhibits an issue or two. Includes a partial case. Compare to the Q. David Bowers example, graded Choice About Uncirculated, though clearly with similar rim and surface issues, that realized a total of $1,680 in the Stack's Bowers Spring 2022 Auction (lot 1119).
An obvious analog to the architectural medals of the Wieners from Belgium and Bianchi in Italy, this piece by U.S. mint engraver Anthony C. Paquet stands out on account of its size and majesty, as well as its ability, similar to the other 3-D architectural types, to draw in the gaze and astonishment of the viewer. The New York Times even referred to it as "...the handsomest ever issued in the United States and the most artistic and elaborate design ever cut by this celebrated engraver."
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