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“1799’ (1800) Washington Funeral Urn Medal. Baker-166a, Musante GW-70. Silver. Holed for Suspension.

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“1799’ (1800) Washington Funeral Urn Medal. Baker-166a, Musante GW-70. Silver. Holed for Suspension.
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“1799’ (1800) Washington Funeral Urn Medal. Baker-166a, Musante GW-70. Silver. Holed for Suspension. Plain Edge. VF.

29 mm. The evenly and gently worn silver-gray surfaces display no immediately obvious marks or blemishes. The overall details are sharp for the assigned grade, and the fancy GW monogram at the center of the urn is complete. Struck in various metals in 1800 for wear at ceremonies far and wide across New England, especially in Boston where a large parade was held on February 11, followed by another gathering on February 22, Washington’s Birthday. (The Father of Our Country passed away at home on December 14, 1799, and within a few months mourning was widespread across the United States.) Produced by Jacob Perkins of Newburyport, Massachusetts, the medals for the first parade featured a skull and crossbones motif, while those for the second gathering featured the more sedate funeral urn design. The pieces were made in silver, as here, white metal, and even a few in gold. Virtually all are holed for intended wear, and they served their purpose well in that regard – a Mint State Funeral Urn medal is a rare item indeed. A classic issue in a classic state of preservation.

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