Civil War Fort Sumter Medals!
Here's a beautiful Civil War Fort Sumpter medal engraved by George Hampden Lovett and published by Augustus B. Sage. It's upcoming and I would love to get it but it would be a stretch right now as I need to recoup budget after some recent purchases.
It was struck after the surrender of the fort celebrate the return of Major Robert Anderson to New York City after the bombardment and loss of Fort Sumter which marked the beginning of the Civil War. While he considered himself a failure, he was seen as a hero:
Robert Anderson commanded Fort Sumter during the bombardment of that fort by Confederate forces, the opening shots of the American Civil War. Forced to surrender due to lack of supplies, Anderson considered himself a failure but found he was hero upon his return to the North.
A gold version was struck Major Anderson from donations, each person receiving a bronze medal. Anyone know the whereabouts of the gold medal now? I like the text.
To Major Robert Anderson, U.S.A, from the citizens of New York City, as a slight tribute, to his patriotism.
Here's a description of the medal from Stack's indicating two at the ANS.
As with the Lovett-Sage Field medal, a single gold example of the Major Anderson-Fort Sumter medal was to be presented to its honoree. Major Anderson's medal was to be paid for by subscriptions from private citizens, which were limited to 200 at $5/subscription, each contributor to receive a bronze example of the medal. Eighty-two subscriptions were immediately forthcoming, pointing to a mintage of at least that many examples in bronze. Other specimens were struck in silver, brass and white metal, all of which are rare. Only two are known in silver: the ANS specimen and a gorgeous example ex Bushnell:1660 and Zabriskie (1999):659, purchased at that sale on a $20,000 bid. A silver electrotype appeared in our (Stack's) Ford VII Sale of January 2005, lot 524. The unique brass specimen is also in the collection of the ANS, as is a white metal impression. Bowers (1998) describes white metal examples as "very rare" and further states, "Some or possibly all may have been issued with a lightly silvered surface which over a period of time formed an amalgam with the white metal underneath, creating an irregular, matte-like surface." This is the only specimen in this fabric that we can recall handling in recent years.
Edit: thanks to @tokenpro for adding the HK-11C So-Called Dollar below