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    1737 James Oglethorpe, XF
    Betts-170, Bronze

    Betts-170. 1737 James Oglethorpe. Bronze. XF. 42.3 mm, 43.5 gm. Unsigned. The obverse of this medal features a bust of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with the legend translating as, "The Most Reverend John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury, died 1694." A bust of James Oglethorpe appears on the reverse. The text translates as, "James Oglethorpe, Esq., still living, 1737" and "knows not how to yield." The medal was intended to be struck in gold and awarded as a prize to the writer of the best poem entitled, "The Christian Hero." Born in London in 1696, Oglethorpe established the colony of Georgia in 1732 and the town of Savannah in 1733. Not only did Oglethorpe permit settlers who had been persecuted due to their religion, he also opposed slavery and maintained strong relations with the native Indian population. Prison reform was another area in which Oglethorpe excelled. He served in the House of Commons, following in the footsteps of his father and two of his brothers. Due to the nearby Spanish military in St. Augustine, he became a military man as well, pushing the Spanish back after they invaded Georgia in 1742. Oglethorpe's likeness appears on a number of 19th Century paper money notes, including the 1862 $5 State of Georgia notes and several denominations from the Bank of Augusta. This extremely rare bronze medal exhibits a few minor marks. The rims include a few scores and other marks that are as made.
    Ex: Wayte Raymond (New Netherlands, 1/1952), lot 442; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 1/2006), lot 843.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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