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    Undated (1800) Washington Funeral Medal
    Musante GW-70A, MS65

    GW Inscribed on the Funeral Urn
    Extremely Rare Gold Impression

    Undated (1800) Washington Funeral Urn Medal, Baker-166, GW-70A, Gold, MS65 NGC. Plain edge, 243.0 grains. Dies 1-B. Holed for suspension. President Washington's death on December 14, 1799, was a profound tragedy for the nation, and tributes were organized throughout the country to honor his memory. Perkins struck the Funeral Urn medals to be worn by the mourners. Three memorial processions were held in Boston in early 1800; the public events were held on January 9 and February 22. The Masons had a separate procession on February 11 to honor their late "brother."

    These medals featuring a profile of Washington on the obverse and a funeral urn on the reverse, inscribed GW, are the most frequently encountered examples, and they were struck in gold, silver, copper, and white metal. Another variety has a Skull and Crossbones reverse, and a third variety has the letters GW on the base of the urn. Dies for all of these medals were engraved by Jacob Perkins of Newburyport, Massachusetts, who like Washington was a Mason. George Fuld identified seven obverse dies and nine reverse dies. There are also oval shells similar to the obverse design.

    The silver and white metal examples are frequently encountered, copper strikes are rare, and gold funeral medals are extremely rare. This exceptional example has brilliant yellow-gold surfaces with highly reflective, nearly fully mirrored fields. Perhaps only one or two others equal the quality of this impressive gold funeral medal.
    Ex: Wayte Raymond (7/28/1958); John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 168; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 597419)


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