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    Silver Japanese Embassy Medal. As a follow-up to Commodore Matthew Perry's successful visit to Japan in 1853-1854, the Japanese reciprocated in 1860, sailing to America and establishing a Japanese Embassy in Washington. Their legation arrived in Washington on May 14th, and returned on June 30th. In between, they met with President Buchanan at the White House to be accredited and present their diplomatic credentials, and were feted in San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. At their last audience with the President on June 5th, three gold commemorative medals were given to the ambassadors, and either five or twenty (sources vary) silver medals and fifty bronze medals for distribution among their suite. In addition, three silver medals were given to naval officers DuPont, Lee and Porter for performing "... arduous and responsible duties... with consummate tact and discretion..." Originals of this medal were engraved by Salathiel Ellis. A damaged die necessitated a new obverse by U. S. Mint engraver Pacquet which are so marked. We offer an original strike, silver example of "The First Japanese Embassy" medal, with first obverse by Ellis. It measures a substantial 76 mm. in diameter. Light scratches in the background indicate a prior cleaning. There is also a small waffle-pattern indentation on the reverse. The detail is extremely sharp. A small part of the bust exhibits lovely, iridescent blue toning. We would grade it as Bright Uncirculated. We cannot locate any sales of a silver example.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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