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K2509 Test strike in bronze and uniface


This has the look of a table medal, a wide rim and relatively shallow strike. But it is indeed a bronze medal and this piece is a test strike, uniface because a reverse die was not being tested. The medal is a relatively low relief and the name Santa Maria is centered near the bottom while across the top it reads "Columbus in Sight of the New World." This motto was not unique and was repeated on many medals. The Santa Maria and the other caravels are all a bit soft indicative of a first test strike that no doubt would be done with more pressure the next test leading prior to the actual minting of the medal. John Kennel acquired several test strikes, all of which had different characteristics indicative of the stage in the process. This one ws obviously early and was thus a bit weak as the die sinker adjusted pressure to obtain the desire results.