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Silver Matthew Perry Treaty with Japan Medal....

2011 May Dallas Grand Format Americana & Political Memorabilia Auction #6060

 
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Auction Ended On: May 21, 2011
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Silver Matthew Perry Treaty with Japan Medal. Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry is credited with opening up diplomatic and trade relations with the "closed" empire of Japan. He sailed to Japan in 1853 with a fleet of steamships, arriving at a time when Japanese leaders were receptive to outside contact after centuries of isolation. In 1854, upon his return, a group of Boston merchants, having been actively engaged in trade with China and surrounding areas for many years, commissioned a medal for presentation to these American trailblazers. The medal, measuring 66 mm. in diameter, was engraved by Francis N. Mitchell and struck at the U. S. Mint in Philadelphia in 1856. One gold medal , presented to Perry, sold in 2007 for $165,000. Twenty silver medals were given to Perry's high-ranking officers, while one hundred and seven bronze medals were given to lower-ranking officers. This example grades Extremely Fine and does not exhibit the rim bruises typically seen in such high-relief medals. It is superior to an example recently sold in New York.

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