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    (1826) Tristram Coffin Medal, XF
    Betts-533, Bronze

    Betts-533. (1826) Tristram Coffin Medal. Bronze. XF.
    54.2 mm, 78.9 gm. Unsigned. Tristram Coffin took his wife, five children, mother, and two unmarried sisters to America in 1642, shortly after the Civil War in England began. Coffin moved between several small settlements, eventually settling on Nantucket where he became a strong leader, including dealings with the native inhabitants. The obverse of this piece includes a full-length standing figure with the date 1642 included at the base. The text reads, TRISTRAM COFFIN THE FIRST OF THE RACE THAT SETTLED IN AMERICA. The reverse design features four hands united to form a cross and DO HONOR TO HIS NAME BE UNITED. Areas of light red and green color are found at portions of the outer edges of this pleasing medal. A few small splashes of aqua residue are present.
    Purchased from Joe Lipson.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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