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    Betts-12 1581 West Indies Commerce Medal
    A Second Cast Silver Specimen

    Betts-12. 1581 (1560) West Indies Commerce. Silver, cast. XF. 37.7 mm, 1.8 mm thick, 18.3 gm. Medal turn. This medal at first appears to be a smaller version of the preceding but is actually more finely detailed in every aspect from beaded rims to the 11 figures on the reverse. These now show fully drawn faces and well-defined bodies in higher and crisper relief. Close examination reveals that the globe held by the leading figure shows the blank Southern hemisphere of Betts-11. A desirable example that would be hard to duplicate today.

    John W. Adams Commentary
    "Cast and chased throughout, hangar removed. Superbly executed and unsigned as the last, to which it seems identical except for being on a smaller flan. It will be a long time, if ever, before two pieces of this variety in silver are seen side by side."
    Ex: Richard Margolis (9/1984).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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    January, 2013
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