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1861 Fort Sumter Major Anderson Silver Medal


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Title 1861 Fort Sumter Major Anderson Silver Medal
Country United States
Side obverse
Composition silver
Diameter 69.9 mm
Weight 101.84 gm
Description Alan V. Weinberg comments: Engr. By Geo H. Lovett, struck by Augustus B. Sage. 1 of 2 silvers known, the other in ANS. Ex rare in brz & wht metal. Not in John J. Ford, Jr. Coll'n. Ex Chas. Bushnell coll'n 1882 Chapman auction lot 1660; Capt Andrew Zabriskie coll'n Sotheby's 1999 lot 659; Q. David Bowers coll'n. Featured as one of Bowers/Jaeger's 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens and prominently featured in Bowers' American Numismatics Before the Civil War 1760-1860 where it's given several pages coverage. Gem proof striking with delightful toning, one of the aesthetically most impressive American medals I've seen/owned. The medal commemorates the firing of the first shots of the Civil War in the bombardment by Confederate troops on Charleston's Fort Sumter under command of the Union's Major Robt Anderson. Photographed by master numismatic photographer Tom Mulvaney tom@rarecoinphotos.com.
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