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Undated (circa 1800) Washington Westwood Medal. Baker-81b. White Metal. Second Reverse. Holed for Su

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Undated (circa 1800) Washington Westwood Medal. Baker-81b. White Metal. Second Reverse. Holed for Su
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Undated (circa 1800) Washington Westwood Medal. Baker-81b. White Metal. Second Reverse. Holed for Suspension. Coin Turn. Plain Edge. Choice EF to AU.

40 mm. Reverse legends distant from wreath. This gorgeous steel-gray specimen wavers between the two mentioned grades each time we have it in hand; we favor the AU designation more with each turn. Lively silver-white frost inhabits the protected design areas of this impressive rarity. A few marks come to light with a loupe, but the overall naked-eye appearance is one of unblemished quality. Particularly rare in white metal, as here, the Baker-81b variety was missing from just about every major cabinet of Washingtoniana offered in recent times, including Ford, Norweb, Garrett, and Brand to name just a few of the important collections that went without an example of the variety. Indeed, perhaps just five examples of this rarity can be accounted for today! Savvy students of the discipline are well aware of the rarity of this variety in white metal, and we suspect word will get out quickly among specialists. It’s never too early to work on your bidding strategy if you mean to own one of the finest-known examples of one of rarest prizes among Washington medals

Grading Company: RAW

Pedigree/Collection: From Bowers and Merena’s sale of the LaRiviere Collection, Part II, March 2001, lot 3248.