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#1 constanius

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:14 PM

This is a repeat of my last post in the Sentimental Tokens which, because of its uniqueness, deserves its own separate topic. 

 

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Solid silver sentimental token, which in itself is extremely rare, this token though possesses another level of rarity entirely! 

 
Sentimental Magazine advertising excerpt,
"A Sentimental Fable in French, in every Number(of the Sentimental Magazine), to be translated in the succeeding Number, the best Translator of which will be entitled to a Silver Medal, with his Name engraved thereon; and those Correspondents who furnish us with the best Poems, or the best Articles in Prose, in the Course of every Month, shall likewise be entitled to a Silver Prize Medal, with their Names, or Signatures, engraved thereon"

 

 
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So only 2 engraved silver medals were presented each month but for how many issues is unknown(as far as I can ascertain).  The AE medals were only issued for 13 months from April Ist 1773 - April 1774.  I have never seen another of the awarded silver medals and was fortunate to have acquired this example.  It is possible that all the award medals were of George the III, if not it would suggest that this was one of the first two won.  The inscription around the edge reads "THE REWARD OF MERIT I . DENIS PHILOM . SOC ."   (Philomath Society) so it either was for the best English translation of a French fable, or for the best poem or article in prose.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:54 PM

This is a repeat of my last post in the Sentimental Tokens which, because of its uniqueness, deserves its own separate topic. 

 

DSCF4544-horz.jpg

 

Solid silver sentimental token, which in itself is extremely rare, this token though possesses another level of rarity entirely! 

 
Sentimental Magazine advertising excerpt,
"A Sentimental Fable in French, in every Number(of the Sentimental Magazine), to be translated in the succeeding Number, the best Translator of which will be entitled to a Silver Medal, with his Name engraved thereon; and those Correspondents who furnish us with the best Poems, or the best Articles in Prose, in the Course of every Month, shall likewise be entitled to a Silver Prize Medal, with their Names, or Signatures, engraved thereon"

 

 
DSCF4538-vert.jpg

 

So only 2 engraved silver medals were presented each month but for how many issues is unknown(as far as I can ascertain).  The AE medals were only issued for 13 months from April Ist 1773 - April 1774.  I have never seen another of the awarded silver medals and was fortunate to have acquired this example.  It is possible that all the award medals were of George the III, if not it would suggest that this was one of the first two won.  The inscription around the edge reads "THE REWARD OF MERIT I . DENIS PHILOM . SOC ."   (Philomath Society) so it either was for the best English translation of a French fable, or for the best poem or article in prose.

 

Great addition!   :winner_first_h4h:



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:39 PM

Truly awesome.  I love old hand-engraving on old silver pieces, and here you have impeccable documentation.  A real prize.






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