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    Rare 1759 Death of Wolfe in Silver, Betts-422

    Betts-422. 1759 Death of Wolfe. Silver. About Uncirculated. An exemplary specimen of one of the notable rarities in the French and Indian War series. Deep silver gray, darker at peripheries and around devices, with hints of royal and pastel blue. Reflective and absolutely beautiful in hand, despite scattered marks and the typical minor hairlines. A poignant memorial for the young commander, who but a Colonel in Europe was appointed Brigadier General by his mentor, Major General Jeffrey Amherst. Wolfe, whose battlefield death at Quebec was made famous worldwide when painted by Benjamin West, was just 32. This memorial medal was designed by Isaac Gosset and engraved by John Kirk. It was lacking in silver from LaRiviere, though Ford had two examples. Specimens appear on the market rarely. 36.9 mm, 284.0 grains.
    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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