View of the die taped together
Exploded View Of Same Die
This is the actual coining die that was used to strike the
Medal Of Merit / Republican Presidential Task Force medal that was delivered to honorees
during the Bush Sr. administration in the early 1990's. The "Republican Presidential Task Force"
was founded by President Ronald Reagan during his administration and continues today.
The medals struck from this die can occasionally be found on eBay.
This die is unique in that after shattering it still survives well over a decade after-the-fact! This is a BIG die that struck medals that were 2" in diameter! The medals were struck in bronze and then gold plated and delivered in a velvet case. You can see the bronze that adhered to the sandblasted areas of the die (the White Hours and lettering). All sandblasted dies that strike bronze pick up this coloration in the devises and it makes the die look even more interesting as it give it color contrast.
This die came into my possession from an old-world engraver that cuts dies for me. One day he was describing how he was cleaning up his work area that contained many old dies that were damaged or otherwise unusable. I laughed, joking that he had "screwed up" so many dies that they cluttered his space. He then told me they were not "his" screw ups -- but dies that had been damaged during use that had been sent to him by various Mints, either to see if they could be repaired or as a sample of what they wanted cut for a new replacement die.
I then asked if instead of discarding them, he would send them all to me, no matter how badly damaged and I offered to pay freight plus a price per die depending one what it was. In short order they arrived. Most were "common" Mardi Gras type dies, etc., but a few were of historical significance or otherwise collectable beyond the obvious interest they would have to an error coin collector looking to own a die that may have created errors.
This particular die is undoubtedly, the most important of the group! For error collectors, this die represents the epitome of what a shattered die is and it is the most massive example I have ever seen on an actual die. The die actually "exploded" into at least five pieces (though minor pieces from the upper shank not related to the design were swept away and discarded). You can handle all three pieces and see the inner core of the die and see how it broke. I've also provided a second image that shows another view of the die with the pieces spread further apart . Neat!!!
There is a good chance that the death of this die resulted in two different varieties of this medal being created and if that is the case -- now we know why! For the collector of medals or political items this is a one-of-a-kind item that you are not going to find anywhere else! In fact, the chances of being able to own a die of this significance, made for a medal officially approved by a President of the United States, is slim to none!
SOLD --- Thanks for looking!
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