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One of Six Struck in Gold

Triton XXI, Lot: 1541. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

temp. HANOVER. Charles Edward Stuart ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. 1720-1788. AV Medal (35mm, 22.93 g, 12h). Oak Society. By T. Pingo. Dated 1750. Bare head right / REVIRESCIT (It flourishes anew), oak sapling sprouting from leafless hollow tree; 1750 in exergue. Woolf 62; Eimer, Pingo 5; MI 359; Eimer 625. EF, a few light marks and hairlines. Extremely rare – one of only six struck in gold.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 102 (18 May 2016), lot 1570; Goldberg 59 (30 May 2010), lot 3448; Spink 119 (4 March 1997), lot 254.

The Oak Tree Society, a group of Jacobite supporters, met at the Crown and Anchor in London and apparently privately contracted with the engraver Thomas Pingo to produce this medal. Surviving records indicate that copper specimens were available to members for one guinea each, of which 283 of these were struck. Additionally, 50 were made in tin, 102 in silver, and only six in gold.