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
Baker 97, silver, 31mm
(on line image)

Baker 97A, copper, 31mm

Baker 97B, white metal, 31.2mm

Baker 97C, brass, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

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

Baker 376, bronze, 33mm

Baker 376A, white metal, 35.3mm
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