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USA George Washington Funeral Medal (skull & crossbones) 1799


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LastDodo number: 6459185
Category: Tokens / Medals
Title: USA George Washington Funeral Medal (skull & crossbones) 1799
Type: Commemorative tokens
Country: Verenigde Staten (USA)
Year: 1799
Collection / set: Presidents
Material: Solid pewter / tin
Variety / overstrike:  
Obverse: B. Feb.11.1732. Gen.Am.Armies, 1775 / Re.1783, Pres.U.S.Am.89.R.96. / Gen. Arm.U.S. Am. 98. / Ob.D.15.99
Reverse: He is in Glory, the World in Tears.
Mint mark:  
Privy mark:  
Designer: Perkins, Jacob
Dimensions / Diameter: 25
George Washington died in December 1799. Two weeks later, his funeral was held. A commemorative coin was produced to mark the occasion and celebrate Washington, given out or sold to people as important keepsakes, as was customary at the time.

There are at least two types of George Washington funeral coins. In fact, there were two funeral processions, with the first sponsored by the Masonic Lodge on February 11th 1800, and the second a general procession on February 22nd 1800. Coins were produced for both by Newburyport die-maker Jacob Perkins.

On both these examples, one side features Washington’s profile wreathed, and the words ‘He is in Glory, the World in Tears’.

On one type, the reverse depicts an urn, therefore this is known as the urn type medal. The other type depicts a skull and crossbones instead of an urn on the reverse. This type is known as the skull and crossbones type. It is thought that this latter coin was the one produced for the first Masonic Lodge funeral procession.

The coins almost always include a hole stamped in the top, for wearing on a chain around the neck or similar. They were worn by people attending the funeral processions, perhaps people who touched his coffin. Such a significant figure in the history of the United States inspires a great amount of patriotism and pride, and items connected with his life, his impact, and his death, will always be eminently sought-after.

Another type of George Washington coin is common on auction websites such as eBay, described as a George Washington funeral coin. On these, both sides feature Washington’s profile and the words 1789 1st president U.S.A. 1797 George Washington. These coins are nowhere near as valuable as the Perkins coins featuring either the urn or skull and crossbones image on the reverse. They are likely to be coins minted in 1797 and stamped with a hole after his death, rather than medals created expressly for commemorative purposes.

They were minted in various different metals, including 200-300 in pewter or white metal, 150-250 in silver, 18-22 in gold, and only two or three known examples in copper. Copper as a material was very rare, and the mint had only just begun to use it in coin production. Therefore the best known examples were cast in white metal or silver. The gold examples are extremely rare, and the copper examples even more so, and much more valuable.

The gold examples are thinner and larger, delicate, and do not feature a reverse image, just embossed on one side.

The value of Washington funeral coins depends heavily on whether they are made of white metal, silver, the extremely sought-after gold, or the even rarer copper, as these dictate the scarcity and desirability of the medals.

White metal examples have sold for up to $11,500 at auction, and the three known copper coins are said to be worth from $20,000 to $200,000.
Submission date: 25-11-2016 02:47:42
Submitted by: Tuv
Last updated on: 25-11-2016 02:47:42
Last updated by: Tuv
LastDodo Catalogue value
Pr (Prachtig): € 10,000.00
ZFr (Zeer Fraai): € 5,000.00
Fr (Fraai): € 2,500.00
G (Goed): € 1,250.00
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