Backmark: "* RICH * / TREBLE GILT" rm.
Construction: Very high convex, one-piece.
Approximate size: 22 mm.
Condition: Very good, excavated, secure shank present. This difficult to recover "soup bowl" variety of this button has plenty of gilt on its front. Encircling Virtus standing over Tyranny is the Virginia state motto "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS" or "Thus ever to tyrants". The term "soup bowl" is derived from the fact that the button was manufactured into a deeper curved bowl instead of the more common low convex example. The soup bowl variety is much harder to recover than the low convex examples. This example has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Remarks: The button was featured in the on-line "Relic Hunter Magazine" in the March - April 2013 issue on page 20 showing Best Finds of 2012.
Recovered: Bena, VA (Bena is situated in Gloucester, VA across the York River from Yorktown)
Reference: Tice: VA110A2 Albert: VA 3
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