1799 George Washington Funeral Medal in White Metal. Baker-166C.VF-35.
1799 George Washington Funeral Medal in White Metal. Baker-166C. VF-35. A nice example of this extremely popular type, still with traces of luster on both sides. These medals were given out (or sold) at, and after, Washington`s funeral. Both silver and white metal versions are known. Virtually all have been holed at the top for suspension, as these were important keepsakes for any American at that time. In our modern age of instant information and other distractions, we fail to understand the impact of the death of Washington on the country`s psyche, nor can we understand the reverence with which he was held. This small medal, a direct connection to this sad event, helps.