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Medal: US Society of Cincinatti (Victor D. Brenner)  1783 to 1914
Medal: US Society of Cincinatti (Victor D. Brenner) 1783 to 1914

George Washington was the first president of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the officers of the Continental Army who served in the American Revolutionary War. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, architect of Washington DC, designed the insignia for the society in 1784. Later, about 1900, Victor David Brenner, a famous American medallist who would eventually design the Lincoln Cent, decided the the time for L'Enfant's design had come and produced trial pieces in white metal and bronze.

The piece in our main picture comes from renowned numismatist John Kraljevich [Press Here], and CoinQuest thanks John for use of his photos. Other examples, including replicas, can be seen on the Society's web site [Press Here] and at the American Numismatic Society [Press Here].

Establishing the value of this wonderful piece of Americana is not easy. There are very few genuine pieces available, but, even though some Society of Cincinnati pieces have sold at very high prices ($100000 and more!) this one has not yet experienced a surge in numismatic appeal. According to John Kraljevich, genuine, problem-free, nice-looking medals can bring upwards of $1000. That's a retail price. If you were selling your medal to a dealer, he or she would probably offer half that amount. As with most retail businesses, 100% markup is necessary to keep coin dealerships afloat.

Warning: replicas and fakes are out there. Our requester Cowboy Bill should consult with a professional numismatist, notably Mr. Kraljevich himself, or one of the top-notch dealers found at the Professional Numismatists Guild [Press Here] for further information.


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Coin: 17563 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Cowboy Bill, Sun, 10-Aug-2014 15:37:46 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Mon, 11-Aug-2014 01:52:58 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest - Appraisal OK, Fri, 04-Nov-2016 10:20:13 GMT
Requester description: 1783 copper, farmers, ships, field with plow and farmer, angel with harp, two hands shaking, sun rays, two olive branches, spinning wheel, mother with baby and child, log cabin, words 'esto perpetua', 'societas cincinnatorum institute', 'Omnia relinquit servare rempublican' words 'esto perpetua', 'societas cincinnatorum institute', 'Omnia relinquit servare rempublican'
Tags: medal us usa society cincinatti cincinnati victor brenner medallion medals medalion badge medaille medallions cincinnatorum esto perpetua societas institute omnia relinquit servare rempublican copper farmers farmer ships ship field plow angel harp two hands hand shaking handshake sun rays ray olive branches branch spinning spin wheel mother baby child log cabin house coppers bronze coppery brass cupro saling boat sailing steamboat clipper warship sailboat sails masted boats outriggers vessel sail outrigger feild fields cherubs angels cheurb cherub angelic angl sunrise sunshine sunset sunlight beams radiating radiates raduate beam readiate radiate radiant twigs sprig braches limb twig sprays sprigs branching branched kid childs children houses hut people building ribbon sunburst coat arms shield person peuple peoples peple persons buildin bulding barn dwelling buliding buildings architecture coats crests insignia crested crest creast sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields

  

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