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Early Boxing Medals

I gave a talk on boxing SCDs a few years ago at the SCD Gathering in Reno.  There is a nice June 2015 Numismatist article on boxing medals by David Schenkman.  Once past the greek/roman period, an early set of 34mm Condor Token medals from Britain is the Thomas Johnson / Isaac Perrins fight on October 22, 1789.  Thomas Johnson was the English Boxing Champion in 17897.  These copper tokens commemorate the 62-round bare knuckle battle in which Johnson defeated Perrins.  These early medals are a "lead in" to  the Heenan-Sayers SCDs from 1860.

These Condor Tokens are the PCGS Top Pop medals.... I have a nice set in NGC holders myself.

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