RI Ship Token Wreath Below, Pewter MS (PCGS# 585)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 201
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"1778-1779" (Circa 1780) Rhode Island Ship Medal. Betts-563, W-1745. Wreath Below Ship. Pewter. EF-40 (PCGS). 83.33 grains. Steel-gray throughout with olive highlights, and with lighter, lustrous areas among the devices. Evenly worn but not noticeably marked, surprising for a well-worn piece that did a stint in pocket change or as a pocket piece. As a rule of thumb, we offer more brass and copper Rhode Island Ship tokens than we do pewter. The last pewter specimen we offered was in June 2012, lot 1051, that called EF-45 by PCGS -- the present piece, at just EF-40, is easily the equal to the former piece in our opinion despite the five point grade disparity. Choice and appealing, and liable to go to another bidder if you're not up to the task.