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1792 PCGS MS66+ BN Graded Washington Born Virginia General, Of The Armies Reverse

 
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 Posted 02/17/2020  9:12 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
PCGS - Presidents Day also at times coincides with George Washington's birthday, and with that in mind, let's take a look at this PCGS MS66+BN graded (1792) Washington Born Virginia General, of the Armies Reverse....

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 Posted 02/18/2020  08:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hard to believe, isn't it.
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 Posted 02/18/2020  11:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What's really getting me here is the date -- "Feb 11, 1732" seems only half right. The note on Washington's Wikipedia page notes that between the time of his birth and the Revolutionary War, Britain passed a Calendar Act which shifted official use from the Julian to Gregorian calendar (jump ahead 11 days) as well as incrementing the new year on January 1 instead of March 25. So when he was born, it was recorded as February 11, 1731 but later recognized as February 22, 1732. This piece only "corrected" the year, not the day of the month.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  4:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is interesting. I am sure there is a reason, or perhaps they just plain goofed.
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By that time in history, the difference in days between the Julian and Gregorian calendars was 11 days, hence February 11 in the old style and February 22 in the new style calendar. Furthermore, the date for New Year's was March 25 in the old style, and January 1 in the new style. Hence the difference between 1731 and 1732.
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His birthday is 11 February 1731 Julian and 22 February 1732 Gregorian.

However, the coin shows it as 11 February 1732 which is not his birthday on either calendar.
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His birthday is 22 February 1732 Gregorian, 11 February 1731 British Julian... and 11 February 1732 European Julian (for countries that hadn't switched to Gregorian yet, but didn't do the British Julian "new year on March 25th" thing).

I'm still not sure why they would have used the European Julian date, though. There were few remaining places (outside British possessions) still using Julian by 1732, and almost none by 1792 (Russian Empire, some small parts of Switzerland, and that's about it).

EDIT: on second thought, maybe the people who designed the medal remembered the Julian/Gregorian switch but just forgot about the March 25th thing?
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love the motif. can only imagine who this coin belonged to and where its been since 1732
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Enjoy the coin and history.
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