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    1778 Rhode Island Ship Medal, Mint State
    Betts-563, Breen-1141, W-1740, R.4, Brass

    Betts-563. 1778 Rhode Island Ship Medal. Brass. Mint State. Breen-1141, W-1740, R.4. 32.2 mm, 9.9 gm. Unsigned. A deep brown example of the popular Revolutionary War British propaganda medal, perhaps intended to show the Dutch the futility of the American cause and dissuade them from signing the Treaty of Armed Neutrality, an alliance of European naval powers meant to prevent the British from arbitrary searches looking for signs of trade with the Americans. This variety includes a floral ornament in the location "VLUGTENDE" had been prior. A beautifully preserved medal, this piece displays small areas of rich yellow-gold color in portions of the protected areas. Adding to the appeal, the surfaces are virtually pristine.
    Ex: Roper Collection (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 172.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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