Ancient, British and World Coins. Tokens, Tickets and Passes. Historical and Art Medals. Numismatic Books. British and World Banknotes (19 June 2002)

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2002


Estimate: £150 - £200

John Paul Jones, 1779, a bronze medal by A. Dupré, bust right, comitia americana below, rev. the engagement between the Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis, edge plain, 56mm (Betts 568; Stahl 54; cf. La Riviere III, 1073). An original striking, very fine, rare (£150-200)


John Paul Jones (1747-92), the Scottish merchant adventurer who became an American naval hero, engaged the British vessel Serapis on 23 September 1779 and captured it after the crew surrendered. The medal was authorized by US Congress in 1787