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    The LaRiviere 1758 Oswego Captured Medal, Betts-415

    Betts-415. 1758 Oswego. Silver. Reeded edge. About Uncirculated. Beautifully toned with pastel blue, gold, champagne, and a hint of violet over frosty light silver gray surfaces. More reflective on the reverse than obverse but showing good liveliness in the fields on both sides. Minor scattered contact marks and light hairlines, diagonal scrape in left obverse field. One of the prettiest examples of this rare medalet, one that offers a fine provenance.
    Oswego was the only French victory in North America that received mention on a medal; indeed, the war soon became a rather prickly situation for the undersupplied and undermanned French armies in North America. In August 1756, Montcalm and the French had the upper hand, and the destruction of Britain's Fort Oswego netted them not over 1000 prisoners, but tons of materiel, artillery, and plunder for their native allies. The French did not hold the location, at present day Oswego, New York, long, but this medal marks the slim moment in time when their forces controlled the conflict. 31.4 mm, 173.7 grains.
    Ex: Lucian LaRiviere Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 3/2001), lot 2086.
    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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