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    1797 Thomas Halliday
    Washington Medal, MS65

    Bronze, Baker-70C, Musante GW-57

    1797 Halliday Medal, Baker-70C, Musante GW-57, Bronze, MS65 NGC. The similarity of the Halliday and Sansom medals commemorating Washington's retirement from public life (presidency relinquished) has long caused confusion as to which was struck first. Both Baker and Musante designate the medal produced by Thomas Halliday as the model and John Reich's execution of the Joseph Samson's commission as the copy, with Musante dating the former as circa 1797 and the latter as circa 1805. According to Neil Musante, writing in Medallic Washington, the portrait may have been based on a 1796 engraving by Thomas Holloway, which in turn was based on a March 1795 painting by Gilbert Stuart. Musante provides a rarity rating of VR (Very Rare), which corresponds to eight to 31 pieces believed extant. The medal survives in beautiful condition with glossy brown surfaces and golden-olive accents. Halliday's masterfully rendered design is struck up in full detail.
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