A key early battle for the Colonial Army during the Revolutionary War occurred in Boston on March 17, 1776. The Siege of Boston proved to be an important victory in terms of rallying the colonists to the fight against British rule. Commander-in-Chief General George Washington, in charge of the newly established Continental Army, sent bookseller-turned-soldier Henry Knox to bring fifty-nine recently captured cannons and mortars from New York to Boston in a complex and demanding operation that took place in the midst of a brutal winter. Using the heavy artillery to fortify Dorchester Heights, an elevated position overlooking Boston Harbor, colonial forces were able to cut off British supply lines from the sea, making Boston indefensible. The British troops fled, and Boston became the first major city to be liberated from British rule.
Washington Before Boston, the First Congressional Gold Medal
Eight days later, on March 25, 1776, the Continental Congress authorized a gold medal, the Washington Before Boston medal, to commemorate this event for the efforts of “His Excellency George Washington, and the officers and soldiers under his command, for their wise and spirited conduct in the siege and acquisition of Boston.” After some delay, the medal was finally struck in Paris, France, and was presented to General Washington on March 21, 1790, at Mount Vernon. It is now housed in the Boston Public Library. This was the first Congressional Gold Medal commissioned by the Continental Congress.
The obverse of the Washington Before Boston medal is from a bust sculpted by Jean-Antoine Houdon at Mount Vernon in October 1785, with a legend that reads, “The American Congress to George Washington, General-in-Chief of the Armies, the Defender of Liberty.” The reverse displays Washington leading his four officers on horseback as he points toward the British fleet as it leaves Boston. 2021 marks the 245th anniversary of the resolution, and these gold and silver coins honor that medal.
Struck in Pure 99.9% Pure Gold and Fine Silver
These 2021 Washington Before Boston Coins come struck in one ounce of 99.9% pure gold and in two ounces of 99.9% fine silver. France legal tender, the gold coin has a denomination of 200€ and the silver coin a denomination of 25€. Following striking, both coins have been put through extra steps to give them a unique antiqued finish. Typically a process done by hand, this antiquing provides extra depth to the design and makes each coin one-of-a-kind.
Collectors Covet the Best Quality
For any collectible coin or proof, collectors want the “best of the best,” the finest quality available. With coins, quality is measured by grades on a 70-point scale. A grade of 70 represents absolute perfection, even under magnification. There is simply no better condition—and only a fraction of coins submitted for grading return with an MS70 grade, signifying the coin is flawless.
Perfect with a First Day of Issue Pedigree and Custom Labels
Each of these Washington Before Boston coins is certified in flawless Mint State-70 (MS70) condition by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), one of the top third-party coin-grading services in the world. Each coin has also been designated with the most-desired pedigree of First Day of Issue (FDI). Pedigrees are additional attributes of a coin that can increase its collector desirability—and the pedigree collectors want most is First Day of Issue, which means the coins are fresh and sharp, struck by fresh dies, and were submitted for grading on the very first day of release by the mint.
Each coin comes sonically sealed in an NGC acrylic holder with an exclusive label showcasing its MS70 grade and FDI pedigree, along with a Certificate of Authenticity from Monnaie de Paris, the oldest continuously running minting institution in the world.
Limited Mintages, U.S. Exclusive
The mintages of these official legal-tender coins are extremely limited. The Two-Ounce Silver Coin is limited to only 1,500 for the entire world, while the One-Ounce Gold Coin has a strict mintage of only 250. We are the exclusive source outside France on both of these coins, and the only way to get one in the U.S. is from us.
Don’t drag your feet on this. Make these gold and silver Washington Before Boston Coins in flawless MS70 condition, with an FDI pedigree, part of your collection.
2021 France One Ounce Gold Washington Before Boston Coin Antiqued MS70 FDI
2021 France Two Ounce Silver Washington Before Boston Coin Antiqued MS70 FDI
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