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1928 Brass Medal 1787 Fugio Coppers Obverse 1st National Bank Philadelphia

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Description: A 1928 Cast Brass uniface medal; one of 36 medals representing replicas of early American coins used in banking. These replicas were displayed at the central office of the First National Bank of Philadelphia, Charter No. 1, located at 1500 Walnut Street on September 4, 1928. The obverse of the medal has a crude representation of the obverse of the Fugio Coppers with pointed rays in the American Congress pattern, which was the first coin issued by authority of the United States. The Fugio design of the interlocking circles or link design having the names of the 13 states was suggested by Benjamin Franklin. The design shows a series of interlocked circles with the names of the original 13 states which signed the declaration of independence along the edge of the piece. The center has a circle with the legend WE ARE ONE in three lines within a circle with the legend AMRICAN CONGRESS surrounding it. There are rays emanating from the outer circle and reaching to the interlocked circles along the edge. The reverse is blank having the number 31 engraved in it, possibly indicating the position of the medal in the display. The medal has a plain edge. It is 63 mm in diameter and weighs 164 grams. The medal is possibly a unique strike made for the display at the time. I would grade the medal as Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated. A great looking and very interesting rare medal to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.

Date: 1928.

Origin: Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Artist: Unknown.

Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~164 grams, is ~63 millimeters in diameter, and ~7 millimeters thick at the edge.

References: See page 99 of the Official Red Book 72nd Edition of 2019 for description and image of the actual Fugio Coppers Coin.

Maker: Unknown. Marks: Marked 31 in blue on the back.

Condition: The medal is in extremely fine or better condition. The medal has all of its details well preserved with minimum wear to the highest points. It does have some scratches and minor dings to the surface. The coin also shows some casting defects here and there but these are original to the making and do not interfere with the quality or beauty of the piece. A nice looking medal that would make a nice addition to your collection of old colonial related coins or tokens. Please view photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of the piece.

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