1796 MEDAL Castorland Medal, Silver MS64 PCGS....
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Struck From the Original Dies
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. (PCGS# 653)
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