Washington Miscellaneous


Washington K.U. Verein Medal

Baker unlisted, bronze
   The Washington die appears to be the same die used on the Douglas 11 and 18 medals but this combination was unknown to Rulau and Fuld. The legend on the reverse is German and reads "Washington / K.U. Club / 40 year / creation-celebration / May 16, 1891". The most likely meaning of K.U. is Kranken Unterstuetzungs or relief for the sick. This would have been an organization that provided medical care or financial help for medical care to those who could not afford it. In Boyd's Directory of the District of Columbia for 1887 there is a listing for the "Washington Sick Relief Association" listed among several other German- American organizations; This may have been the group this was struck for.
    A less likely meaning could be Krieger Unterstuetzungs which was a veterans support group. Many people involved in the revolutions of 1848-49 fled to the U.S. in the early 1850's. This would correspond with the date of 1851 for the formation of the group.

Washington Star Medals

First Obverse
GW-272, Baker 97, silver, 31mm
(on line image)

GW-272, Baker 97A, copper, 31mm

GW-272, Baker 97B, white metal, 31.2mm

GW-272, Baker 97C, brass, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)
Neil Musante in "Medallic Washington" calls this the original combination of 
these dies and I agree, their numbers being much greater than any of
the other pairings. Below are all the mulings that I am currently aware of.
There may be more since all are very scarce.
Washington Star obverse / George H. Washington Equestrian reverse
GW-278, Baker unlisted, silver, 32mm
 (image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)
GW-278, Baker 98M, copper, 32mm

GW-278, Baker unlisted, brass, 32mm

GW-278, Baker unlisted, white metal, 32mm
Washington Star obverse / Home of Washington reverse

GW-280, Baker 116, silver, 32mm
GW-280, Baker 116A, copper, 32mm
GW-280, Baker 116C, brass, 32mm

GW-280, Baker 116B, white metal, 32mm
First President of the UD States Medal

Baker 216F, white metal, 34.9mm
     I have a question about this piece - is it Baker 216F or Baker 113G? The description for both read the same except Baker 113G is described as having a "wreath of laurel around head" which this does not. Baker 216F is listed with a diameter of 34 mm but these sizes are not always accurate in the catalog. Are these both descriptions of the same piece - the one illustrated above, or is there one with a laurel wreath around Washington's head?

Washington Family Arms Medal

Baker 284, silver, 28mm

Baker 284A, copper, 27.9mm

Industry Produces Wealth Medal
Baker 352, silver, 31mm

Baker 352A, copper, 31mm

Baker 352B, brass, 31mm

Baker 352C, white metal, 31mm

(on line image)

                                  Baker list this medal in the section "Society, Assay, Award Medals" but this is most likely another of George H.'s muling of two unrelated dies. The obverse die is found muled with several other dies including a store card for John K. Curtis, two dies used on campaign pieces, and a generic die with a wheat sheaf and wreath. Baker states it was prepared in response to the patriotic fervor of pre Civil War years and seems to indicate one of the campaign dies was the original pairing. The reverse is found with several other dies and I think it is very likely just a stock, generic die he created. I have never seen any that have had any engraving in the center which you would expect to find if it was an award.
Phillipse Manor Bicentennial Medal

Frederick Philipse (1626-1702) acquired a one-third interest in the
Yonkers Plantation in 1672, eventually owning the entire estate. A
Royal Charter granted on June 12, 1693 in the name of William and Mary
elevates his possessions  "into a Lordship or Manor of Philipsborough in free and common soccage according to the tenure of our Manor of East Greenwich within our County of Kent in our realm of England, yielding, rendering and paying therefor, yearly and every year, on the feast day of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at our fort at New York, unto us, our heirs and successors, the annual rent of £4 12 s. current money of our said Province." Frederick was instrumental in the founding of the city of Yonkers and the manor house was the first substantial
building built in the city

There seems to be no first hand information as to when the building was erected; the
earliest reference to the date is in Lossing's "The Hudson From the Wilderness To The Sea"
(1866) in which he says "The older portion was built in 1682. The present front, forming an addition, was erected in 1745 when old Castle Philipse at Sleepy Hollow was abandoned."

GW-979, Baker unlisted, silver, 35.2mm
 (image courtesy of Stacks Bowers - Historical Society
of Pennsylvania Collection)

GW-979, Baker 376, bronze, 33mm

GW-979, Baker 376A, white metal, 35.3mm

On November 28, 1776 over 200 colonial New Yorkers signed the Loyalist
"Declaration of Dependence", among them was Frederick Philipse III, the third
and last Lord of the Manor. Ordered to be arrested by George Washington he
fled to England and his lands were seized by the New York State Legislature.
There were several owners until 1872 when it became the first City Hall of Yonkers.
Acquired by the State of New York in 1908 it is now the Philipse Hall
State Historic Site.

Philipse Hall State Historic Site

Parsons Family Arms Medals

 First Obverse

GW-847, Baker 639, copper, 28mm

GW-847, Baker 639A, white metal, 28.3mm
Neil Musante calls this the 2nd obverse but does not have
a first obverse listed.

Second Obverse

GW-847, Baker 640, copper, 28mm

GW-847, Baker 640A, white metal, 28mm

This is listed as the 3rd obverse by Musante.

"Fourth" Obverse (per Musante)

GW-849, 28mm
 (composite image)

This combination is not listed in Baker. The white metal one pictured
in Medallic Washington is from the Massachusetts Historical
Society collection; the listing says "copper - not seen but highly

The obverse and reverse of these medals seem to have no connection
and I think it is because they don't! Below is a medal Issac F. Woods had
George H. engrave and strike for the wedding of his friend Edward Parsons.
Sometime after the engraver decided to simply produce medals
combining the Parson's die with several of his existing Washington dies.

Taber / Parsons Wedding Medal, silver, 27.6mm