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    1886 Founding of Providence Celebration Mayoral Gold Medal. 14 carat gold, 17.1 gm. Produced by Charles F. Irons, an emblem manufacturer based in Providence, Rhode Island, for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the same city. The uniface medal shows the founder, Roger Williams, in a boat with hand extended towards a Native American in friendship, with the phrase WHAT CHEER above. The peripheral legends read PROVIDENCE 250th ANNIVERSARY above, 1636 June 23-24 1886 below. "What cheer" was the greeting given to Williams by the local Narragansett Indians when he arrived in Providence in 1636. Two loops at 11 and 1 o'clock connect 20-mm links to a 16-mm x 53-mm badge that reads MAYOR. A pin for attachment to clothing is affixed to the back. A 75-mm x 140-mm pressboard box with blue satin interior, emerald leather top, and working latch mechanism is included. The mayor who was responsible for planning the 250th anniversary celebration, Thomas A. Doyle, passed away on June 9, 1886, only days before the festivities. It is likely that this special gold medal was being crafted for him before he died. Therefore, we assume that the incumbent mayor at the time of the celebration, Gilbert F. Robbins, was the original owner of this fascinating relic.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 28223.


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    September, 2015
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