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Unique William Henry Harrison Congressional Gold Medal Offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction

In their Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, Stack’s
Bowers Galleries is proud to offer a unique Congressional Gold Medal presented
to Major General, and later President, William Henry Harrison. This treasure,
found in lot
5022
, combines the ultimate Congressional
award with the highest American office into a single relic of incomparable
historical importance. It was awarded at the White House in 1825 to recognize
Harrison’s victory at the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 and was
struck in a substantial 7.6 troy ounces of fine gold. Passed down through the
Harrison family and held in a private collection in recent years, this marks the
medal’s first ever auction appearance and is sure to attract tremendous
excitement from the collecting community.

Victories by the United States during the War of 1812 were
broadly recognized with Congressional Gold medals — 27 in all. However, of those,
just 10 survive and only three are not held by institutions. As the only such medal
presented to a president of the United States, the William Henry Harrison medal
offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries is unquestionably the most historically
significant of these.

Harrison’s War of 1812 victory at the Battle of the Thames
was important militarily and politically, leading to increased enlistments and
a newfound control of the Northwest theatre. Harrison first ran for President
as a Whig candidate in 1836, and then again successfully in 1840, defeating Van
Buren who had already served one term. William Henry Harrison was inaugurated
as the ninth president on March 4, 1841, though he fell ill on March 26. After
one month in office, William Henry Harrison, the Hero of Tippecanoe and the Battle
of the Thames, died on April 4, 1841, the first President to die during his
term.

Only four American presidents ever received Congressional
Gold medals for their military exploits, including Andrew Jackson, William
Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Ulysses S. Grant. Zachary Taylor was
presented with three gold medals for victories in the Mexican-American War, all
of which have been offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries including an 1848 Battle
of Buena Vista medal that realized $460,000
in November 2006.

This William Henry Harrison medal is one of two gold War of
1812 military medals in private hands, and it is the only Congressional gold
medal owned by two presidents of the United States, William Henry Harrison and
his grandson Benjamin Harrison. As a collectible or the centerpiece of an
interpretive institutional collection, this medal is a landmark.

This massive gold medal depicts Major General Harrison in
military dress on the obverse with a symbolic portrait of the goddess Victory
on the reverse. The surfaces are deeply reflective, indicating both careful
preservation and exacting production on a well-polished blank from equally
polished dies. The edge is neatly drilled in five places, with those at the top
clearly designed to allow for a chain or strap to pass between the holes and
support the medal for suspension. The medal is accompanied by the original U.S.
Mint box and slipcase, a rare feature among early American medals.

 

In 2015, this medal was acquired from a Harrison family
descendant by the Raab Collection, a Pennsylvania-based firm specializing in
historic manuscripts, and then sold to a private collector. It has never before
been sold at auction, making its appearance in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August
Auction a truly historic event.

This incredible Congressional Gold Medal will be offered on
Thursday, August 18th in lot
5022
of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction for the ANA World’s
Fair of Money, accompanying a vast selection of world-class rarities including
the finest known 1804 dollar, a newly discovered 1794 dollar, an original
1827/3 quarter, a Mint State 1796 Stars quarter eagle, and many other
treasures.  The sale is available on the
firm’s website www.StacksBowers.com for
viewing and bidding, featuring high-resolution images, Coins In Motion
animations and their user-friendly bidding platform. The Live portions of the
August sale will be held from August 16th through the 21st and broadcast in
high definition across several platforms including their website, Facebook and
YouTube. The Internet-Only sessions will take place the next week, August 23rd
through 25th. For questions about bidding or to request an in-hand inspection
from one of their specialists, please contact their auction services department
at 800-458-4646 or e-mail info@stacksbowers.com.​​

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