Just five are thought to be in private hands. Only four have been publicly identified in the modern era. Just three have been sold at auction in recorded numismatic history. One of those (the LaRiviere specimen) last sold in 1999. The other two last sold in 2014 (the Dreyfuss-Wharton specimen) and May 2019 (the newly discovered Carb specimen). This example, acquired by our consignor in 1983 from "out of the woodwork," has never before been offered at public auction. This specimen is part of our 2019 November Baltimore Auction.
For your convienence, we have provided a transcription of the video below: "Hello everyone, this is Senior Numismatist James McCartney from Stack's Bowers Galleries. Tonight we're bringing to you the Collection of John W. Adams and the first lot in the sale is this beautiful Washington Before Boston Medal in silver. This example is one of just five known in private hands and one of the about twelve known in total. They made a lot of different variations of the Washington Before Boston Medal, but this is the very first. This is an original silver striking highly desirable. We most recently sold an example from the Carb Collection earlier this year and realized about $150,000, which goes to show you how desirable these are. So catch this rare original Washington Before Boston Medal in tonight's session of the John W. Adams Collection. It will be offered in Lot 2001. Thank you for tuning in."
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