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Choice Mint State Silver Castorland Medal
Struck From the Original Dies

1796 MEDAL Castorland Medal, Silver MS64 PCGS. Breen-1058. Reeded Edge. Ex: Troy Wiseman Collection. The line between original and restrike Castorland medals has always been confusing. Even experts disagree, notably Walter Breen and John Ford. John Ford believed that originals do not have die rust on the reverse and are slightly convex. On page 106 of his Complete Encyclopedia, Walter Breen states that originals have old style lettering; on the obverse the A is below the M, 1 is embedded on a border bead. On the reverse, S is far below AL, M below AG, UG touch. Further, "all originals seen to date have traces of rust near vessel handle but no bulge at PARENS and no break at final S; restrikes from these dies show both failures in various states."
The difference between the Breen and Ford positions has to do with the interpretation of "original." Breen's reference was to original dies, while Ford was concerned with the original 1796 striking period. The early Paris Mint restrikes were made using the original dies.
This particular piece does indeed show die rust around the vessel handle; however, there is no perceptible bulging of the die in the center or around PARENS. The fields are notably reflective on each side with a few stray marks. The surfaces are toned medium gray with considerable underlying rose and lilac. Listed on page 74 of the 2008 Guide Book.
From The Troy Wiseman Collection, Part Two.

From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three. (NGC ID# 2B69, PCGS# 653)

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