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James Polk Indian Peace Medal, 1845. Silver. First Size. First Reverse. J.IP.24

From Stack's October 2006 New York Auction, Session 1 on Oct 17, 2006

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Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XVI: Indian Peace Medals, 1680 - 1890 United States Medals Silver Indian Peace Medals Struck by the United States Mint The Indian Peace Medals of the James Polk Presidency
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James Polk Indian Peace Medal, 1845. Silver. First Size. First Reverse. J.IP.24,  Pr.46, B.38. About...James Polk Indian Peace Medal, 1845. Silver. First Size. First Reverse. J.IP.24, Pr.46, B.38. About Uncirculated. 75.6mm. Rims 4.5 - 5.0mm thick. 2,525.9 gns. A remarkable example. Both sides are deep gray around the rims, lighter gray towards the centers, with iridescent rose and blue toning in the fields. The surfaces are brightly reflective and semi-prooflike. Neatly holed at the top; no loop. Minor handling marks, flan flaws in the upper left obverse field. Very rare: only 11 medals of this size were not melted at the Mint. This size is known in silver originals and copper restrikes. Polk may well be the rarest of all presidents on a silver Indian Peace medal. Carlson's research yielded only 6 auction records for a silver 76mm Polk. The cataloguer actually has no recent records of the sale of this size. The Ford Collection is the only one known to the cataloguer that contained all three sizes of Polk.

Ex F.C.C. Boyd Estate.

Lot # 139 Session 1
Hammer Price: $36,000.00

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