“Long Live The President” With “G W” In Block Letters
(1789) George Washington Inaugural Button, “Long Live The President” with “G W” in Block Letters, Albert WI-11A, Choice Very Fine.
Rarity-1. 34 mm. This type of Washington Inaugural Button has both inscriptions in raised letters within a recess. The block letter “G W” initials are close together, compared to 11B and 11C. Within both inscription recesses, the background space has a pebble design instead of being smooth. This button is in nice condition, toned chocolate brown in color, with a few very small patches of dark green patina at the edges. The original shank on the back has been smashed flat. An example of this button, in choice condition, sold in the Stack’s January 21, 2003 sale for $7,250 (hammer price). An Extremely Fine example sold for $6325 in an American Numismatics Rarities sale of March 2007. A Very Fine in the Heritage sale of November 2004 sold for $2702.