“1799” (1800) Washington Funeral Medal. Victor Sine Clade. Baker-164, Musante GW-76. White Metal. Un

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“1799” (1800) Washington Funeral Medal. Victor Sine Clade. Baker-164, Musante GW-76. White Metal. Un
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“1799” (1800) Washington Funeral Medal. Victor Sine Clade. Baker-164, Musante GW-76. White Metal. Unpierced. EF-45 NGC.

56 mm. Not holed for suspension as nearly always seen. Dies by Jacob Perkins of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Deep silver-gray throughout with some original white frost in the protected areas. One of many medals of the era with the sentiment “He is in Glory, the World in Tears.” This elusive white metal tribute to Washington’s passing shows wear but no marks of any measure to the unaided eye; this could well have been a pocket piece. A search with a glass will show scattered marks in the soft metal surface, but happily, nothing egregious or worth reporting here. This specimen is identical to for numerical grade, and finer in appearance – sharpness, color, in-hand quality – than the Bushnell specimen recently offered by Stack’s Bowers in November 2019, lot 20061, a holed specimen that brought in excess of $13,000. The collecting of Washington pieces began in earnest in the mid-1850s, and even the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia opened its own Washington Cabinet – they traded many “goodies” to get what they wanted for the cabinet, but that’s another numismatic tale for the telling. Long considered among the scarcest of all Washington tribute medals, the Victor Sine Clade – Victorious Without Loss – funeral medal is typically located high on the want lists of serious Washingtoniana aficionados. The appearance here of a specimen, indeed, a finer than average specimen, will be big news in collecting circles. If we said nothing else about this rare prize other than the information in boldface type at the beginning of the lot, it would still bring a substantial amount of bidding activity along with an equally substantial bottom line. We wish you luck, but you won’t be alone at bidding time once word gets out about this rarity.
NGC Census: Unlisted at the NGC website, but undoubtedly low.

Grading Company: NGC EF Details45