BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS
HK-009 MS 65 BN PCGS

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: United States 1860
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN
Item Description: COPPER SC$1 1860 HK-9 HEENAN-SAYERS BOXING HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP HK-9
Full Grade: PCGS MS 65 BN
Owner: Bruce Thomas Collection

Set Details

Custom Sets: BRUCE THOMAS COLLECTION OF SO-CALLED DOLLARS AND OTHER MEDALS
Competitive Sets: This coin is not competing in any sets.
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

THIS EXAMPLE IS THE TOP POP OF ONLY (2) LISTED IN THE PCGS CENSUS AS OF 12/2021. (2) MS 65 BN'S ARE TOP POP OF ONLY (10) IN THE NGC CENSUS AS OF 1/2022 AS WELL.

A MS 63 NGC GRADED EXAMPLE SOLD FOR $998.75 BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS IN 2016. JEFF SHEVLIN HAS A NGC GRADED MS 62 BN EXAMPLE IN HIS JULY FIXED PRICE LIST FOR $875.00

A choice problem-free example with appealing silky surfaces and uniform chocolate brown patina on both sides. This was indeed a "great fight," with bare-knuckles, lasting 42 rounds and ending in a draw.

HEENAN-SAYERS BOXING BOUT 1860 WORLD'S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

These medals commemorate one of famous bare-knuckle heavyweight championship bouts. John C. Heenan, born Troy, NY, moved to California; called Benicia Boy, won first clear claim to American title. He journeyed to England, there met world champion Tom Sayers. Latter born Brighton, England; bricklayer by trade; won championship 1857. Heenan-Sayers fought at Farnborough, April 17; called "most famous" in English prize ring history; lasted over 2 hours; ended in 42-round "draw" when crowd swarmed ring following injury to Sayers' arm. Latter then retired permanently from boxing.

Professional pugilism lacked all law and order until 1743 when Jack Broughton, one of early English champions, compiled set of rules; these superseded by London Prize Ring Rules of 1838; "bare-knuckles" still used. In 1866, 8th Marquis of Queensbury published Queensbury Rules calling for gloved contests. Acceptance by professionals took years or until 1892 when John L. Sullivan lost world heavyweight title to James J. Corbett at New Orleans. Since latter date, Queensbury Rules are basic in boxing.

While this contest itself was held in England, medals were struck here by Smith and Hartmann, New York City, following Heenan's return to United States.

Bust features John C. Heenan the “Benicia Boy” who won the first clear claim to the American Heavy-weight title. Struck to commemorate the famous 1860 bare-knuckle World Championship Heavy-weight fight with England’s champion Tom Sayers. The match lasted over two hours and ended in a 42-round draw.

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