1871 George F. Robinson Mint Medal

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by LostDutchman, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    Today I picked up this George F. Robinson medal. Made by the US mint in 1871 to honor George F. Robinson the soldier who foiled the assassination attempt of the secretary of state.

    Here is info about the medal. http://www.neocollect.com/item/1031/

    Here is the piece I picked up. This piece is 78mm.

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  3. cpm9ball

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    That's a nice looking medal, and I know someone who might be interested in it.

    Chris
     
  4. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    I'm probably going to have it certified. It looks like they bring a fair amount at auction.
     
  5. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    This piece just certified this morning. It went MS66BN.
     
  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    Excellent! I assume that you had it graded by NGC. Those oversized slabs are something.

    Chris
     
  7. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    Yes it was NGC. With less then 100 of these known this very well could be the finest known. There is no pop report available from NGC tho. I'm going to confer with Heritage at Central States and see about getting this guy and some others they we got back in this order in an auction.
     
  8. miedbe7

    miedbe7 Wayward Collector

    That obverse is almost flawless, it has that one nick. It also seems to have a "sheen" about it in the fields, something short of a patina. Am I seeing this correctly? Either way, I don't normally enjoy medals, but this one looks awesome. Any coin...errr medal... with a knife fight on it is ok with me ... :devil:

    edit: when I click on the link, they show the coin in the opposite presentation. who is correct on the obverse, reverse question, you or neocollect?
     
  9. miedbe7

    miedbe7 Wayward Collector

    Nevermind. After some googling, I see the bust is the obverse and the fight scene the reverse. I would have asked NGC to slab it with knife fight forward.
     
  10. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    I really liked the knife fight scene. This really drew me to this piece.
     
  11. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The fight scene makes it look like Robinson kept Powell away from Seward completely. Actually Powell stabbed and incapacitated Robinson before he attacked Seward. Seward was actually saved by a metal brace around his head and neck that was immobilizing the broken jaw he had received in a riding accident. Powell also clubbed one of Sewards sons senseless and stabbed another son. He also stabbed a messenger as he left the home.
     
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