"1778-1779" (Circa 1780) Rhode Island Ship Medal. Betts-562, W-1730. Without Wreath Below Ship. Brass. MS-63 (PCGS).
100.31 grains. Deep olive-gold surfaces exhibit lighter golden areas among the design elements. The strike is crisp and bold, with even the textured background of the obverse island plainly evident under low magnification. The present specimen is the ready equivalent to two recent offerings by us (Stack's Bowers) of the same type -- June 2012:1049; and November 2012:6411 -- both graded MS-63 by PCGS, with both realizing over $11,000 when the dust settled on the bidding floor. The present specimen is tied for finest certified by PCGS. The variety with VLUGTENDE ("fleeing") removed from below the reverse ship, though the word can still be made out on this particular specimen. Choice for the grade -- viewers will be hard-pressed to find a blemish or mark of any significant note. Don't let this opportunity escape.
Pedigree: From the Ted L. Craige Collection. Purchased on December 15, 1960 from an unknown source. Paper envelopes with attribution notations included.