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    Broken Die Louisbourg Taken Medal, Betts-413 in Bronze

    Betts-413. 1758 Louisbourg Taken. Bronze. Obverse die broken. About Uncirculated. The original form of the Louisbourg Taken medal by the SPAC, with dies by John Pingo. This rejected form apparently was struck in very small numbers and is today very rare. This type features a diagonal trident from behind Britannia's head instead of in the lower left field standing upright. On the reverse, Victory stands on a prow and presents a wreath right, very similar to the reverse of the SPAC Louisbourg Taken in a general sense but lacking that die's grace (and the cornucopia fish and trophies that Britannia carries on the original). The planchet stock for this is also thicker than that of the SPAC Betts-411 original. Medium brown with some woodgrain toning. Some old shallow buildup or lacquer sits atop the obverse surfaces, reverse more pleasing and lustrous with frosty surfaces. Some hints of green verdigris hide against the rim on the reverse. The obverse die is severely broken at bottom, with a larger rim cud over O and spidery cracks stretching across the base of the obverse. Subtle collaring mark near 3:00 relative to the obverse. A great rarity in the series; neither Ford nor LaRiviere owned this Betts number, though Ford owned a muling from this obverse and the Quebec Taken reverse. 39.6 mm, 474.9 grains.
    Ex: Leonard Finn (12/1983).
    Note: Betts-412, listed by Betts after a side-note in Medallic Illustrations has not been seen in any major modern collection.
    From The John W. Adams Collection of French and Indian War Medals.
    Seller is donating a portion of their proceeds, and Heritage is donating the same portion of the Buyer's Premium, from the sale of this lot to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. See page 3 for details.


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