1892-1897 Assay Commission Medal Mule
This remarkable Assay
Commission medal was part of the famous Virgil
M. Brand Collection, described in the Saccone
Sale of November 1989 as “an impossible muling,
a combination of the 1892 Benjamin Harrison
obverse and the 1897 Grover Cleveland reverse. A
second rarity doubtless created as a delight for
Given the pedigree to Virgil Brand it would be
no great leap in judgment to suggest that the
Chicago millionaire brewer himself might well
have been the influential collector hinted at in
that earlier description.
A magnificent strike is complemented by gentle
pervasive pearl gray toning that adds to the
visual appeal of this desirable rarity,
virtually a “one of a kind” addition for any
seriously assembled Assay Medal collection.
From the Virgil M. Brand Collection (Bowers &
Merena’s Saccone Sale, November 1989, Lot 3487.
Silver, 33.7mm, 3.2mm thick, 22.84 grams. By
George T. Morgan. JK AC-36 obv., AC-41 rev.
Julian-Keusch unlisted in this form.
Obv. Large bust of Benjamin Harrison l., finely
Rev. Prudence stands with mirror and scales
regarding an ancient Greek coin depicting
Minerva in Corinthian helmet at r., legend .THE.
MINT. OF. THE. UNITED. STATES. ANNUAL. ASSAY
This Item is for Sale in
Stack’s 11/18/2008 - 11/19/2008 The Keusch,
Snow & Del Zorro Collections Sale as