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    1790 Washington Manly Medal in Silver, MS62
    Baker-61B, Musante GW-10
    Fewer Than a Dozen Traced

    1790 Washington Silver Manly Medal, First Obverse, Baker-61B, Musante GW-10 (B), MS62 NGC.
    Neil Musante, writing in Medallic Washington, describes the Manly medal as "the first medallic commemoration of Washington ... issued in America." They were engraved by Philadelphia medallist Samuel Brooks, once an employee of Robert Scot, and struck on cast planchets by James Manly, a blacksmith in that city, in 1790. Additional Manly medals were reissued in England using the same reverse die and an alternate obverse. Examples of this type were sold in bronze, white metal ($1), fire-gilt bronze ($2), silver ($4), and gold ("in proportion to weight"). While bronze and white metal examples are seen with relative frequency, Musante cites an estimated population of just six pieces in silver and a unique example in gold in the Massachusetts Historical Society. George Fuld provides a roster of 11 silver medals in his October 2008 Numismatist article, with this MS62 representative corresponding to #3 on that list. Silvery surfaces feature swathes of bluish-gray toning and scattered marks.
    Ex: Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Stack's, 5/1992), lot 17; May Sale (Stack's, 5/1993), lot 82; Donald G. Partrick.


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