Cuba 1897 Souvenir Peso, Star Above. PCGS MS66+

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0 CAC Population/Higher: -/- Priced at:  $9,250

1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 1 CAC Population/Higher: 1/0 Priced at: $33,500.00

1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0 CAC Population/Higher: 3/0 Priced at: $157,500.00

1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

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Cuba 1897 Souvenir Peso, Star Above. PCGS MS66+

Cuba 1897 Souvenir Peso, Star Above. PCGS MS66+

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at:  $9,250

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Exonumia of the Week

Unsigned Plaster Model for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and capable. The winner of the competition would receive $1,000 and the committee to pick the winner would be composed of Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint along with the sculptors Sidney Waugh, Albert Stewart and Heinz Warneke. Two of the major requirements were that the models could not be signed and that any artist that would have liked to have had his or her models returned would have to pay for the return shipping. Additional detailed instructions as to the format and content were included in the announcement. Approximately 390-entries were submitted and, unfortunately, the great majority of those entries have not been found and/or connected to their artists. The winner of the competition was of course Felix Schlag, with Honorable Mention going to Henry Kreis. Kreis is better known to modern numismatists as the designer of the Connecticut and Bridgeport commemorative half dollars and the artist who engraved the obverse of the Robinson commemorative half dollar. Although Schlag won the competition, the final reverse design chosen to be placed into production bore little resemblance to his dramatic three-quarters view of Monticello.

The plaster model included here is without signature marks of any type. It is a snowy white obverse model with IN GOD WE TRUST behind Jefferson’s head, LIBERTY spaced widely directly above his portrait and spaced widely and centered beneath. The model has very visible, raised guidelines for the letters and numbers and some mild staining by TY of LIBERTY. The reverse and sides are essentially unmarked with a few chips noted near the base, which are not visible when looking directly at the plaster.

The model is approximately 8-1/2 x ¾ inches.

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Exonumia of the Week

Group of Oregon Trail Exonumia Featuring Large Bronze Plaque & Medal

The Oregon Trail commemorative is a favorite of many numismatists and this lot of material features a great deal of information associated with this coinage masterpiece produced by the husband and wife team of James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser.

Included is a sterling silver pin with bright blue enamel showing a Conestoga wagon, an Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition membership card from 1906, several vintage post cards and photos of Ezra Meeker, an Oregon Trail Memorial Associate medal awarded to Lewis B. Gawtry and an approximately 11-1/2 x 15 inch board with an approximately 9-1/2 inch bronze plaque firmly screwed to it.

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1787 Massachusetts Half Cent PCGS MS66BN (CAC)

1787 Massachusetts Half Cent PCGS MS66BN (CAC)

All Colonial and pre-Federal copper coinage issued within the boundaries of what would become the United States is rather scarce in high grade, with good luster and superb planchet surfaces. This Massachusetts half cent has beautiful, smooth copper surfaces largely devoid of roughness. Additionally, the red-brown patina boasts of ample traces of red surrounding many of the design elements; just the way a mellowed red copper coin should look after more than two centuries.

 

The Massachusetts cent and half cent were authorized by an Act passed by the Massachusetts General Court on October 17, 1786 and the coinage was struck with dates of 1787 and 1788 before the mint was abandoned in 1789 following the ratification of the Constitution. These copper pieces were the first coins to feature the word “cents” on them and this appears boldly in exergue within the top of the shield across the eagle’s breast on the reverse. This is truly a superb piece of Americana.

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PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $27,500.00

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1783 Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays, Small US PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

1783 Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays, Small US PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $28,500.00

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1841-O Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67 (CAC)

1841-O Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

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1850 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67 (CAC)

1850 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

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1871 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

1871 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 1
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

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1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 1
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

Priced at: $33,500.00

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Coin of the Week

1913 Buffalo Nickel Type I PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

The Buffalo nickel, along with the Walking Liberty half dollar, is likely the quintessential American design. The obverse portrait is a composite of several contemporary Native American chiefs while the reverse has the famous portrayal of Black Diamond. James Earle Fraser intentionally left textured surfaces on this coin as part of the artistic aesthetic of the day, which resulted in coins that appear to have a matte finish with underlying luster instead of blinding flash. The example offered here has wonderful, icy blue toning throughout with a hint of lemon on the rims. As expected from the assigned grade, hits are at a minimum, the strike is good and the eye appeal outstanding. The Type I Buffalo nickel is rather common, but someone who appreciates extreme beauty may be quite happy with this example in either a traditional type set or a first-year type set.

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PCGS Population: 24 Higher: 17
CAC Population/Higher: 147/4
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Exonumia of the Week

Large Bronze Lincoln Plaque on Hardwood by Charles Calverley

Charles Calverley (1833-1914) began work as an apprentice stone cutter in Albany, NY, but his exemplary work earned him early recognition and his career progressed rapidly to the point that he was able to open his own studio in New York City in 1869. Calverley’s work appears in many art museums and his bust of Senator Lafayette Foster is on permanent display at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

This large and heavy plaque is firmly attached to a wooden backing board by two screws. The overall dimensions are approximately 15 x 16 inches with the central bronze artwork approximately 10-1/2 inches across. Near the bottom it is signed “C. CALVERLEY 1898” with a notation under that stating it was produced by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co. Founders, New York in 1900.

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Large Bronze Lincoln Plaque on Hardwood by Charles Calverley

Large Bronze Lincoln Plaque on Hardwood by Charles Calverley

Charles Calverley (1833-1914) began work as an apprentice stone cutter in Albany, NY, but his exemplary work earned him early recognition and his career progressed rapidly to the point that he was able to open his own studio in New York City in 1869. Calverley’s work appears in many art museums and his bust of Senator Lafayette Foster is on permanent display at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

This large and heavy plaque is firmly attached to a wooden backing board by two screws. The overall dimensions are approximately 15 x 16 inches with the central bronze artwork approximately 10-1/2 inches across. Near the bottom it is signed “C. CALVERLEY 1898” with a notation under that stating it was produced by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co. Founders, New York in 1900.

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Framed Image of Robinson Commemorative Obverse Plaster with Joseph T. Robinson Signature & Robinson Commemorative

Framed Image of Robinson Commemorative Obverse Plaster with Joseph T. Robinson Signature & Robinson Commemorative

The Arkansas commemorative half dollar was issued from 1935-1939, but in 1936 an additional variety of the half dollar was prepared and sold that featured a large portrait of the then-living Senator Joseph T. Robinson, who had been the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 1928 general election.

Overall dimensions of the frame are approximately 13-1/2 x 15-1/2 inches while the image of the obverse plaster is approximately 7-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches. Robinson signed his name boldly and clearly and the signature is approximately 5 inches in length and done in somewhat faded (presumably black) ink. Beneath this there is a Robinson commemorative half dollar that appears within a circular cut-out in the frame matting. The reverse has an attached newspaper article as well as a notation that the framing was done in Little Rock, AR by Tom Allen in January, 1937.

Priced at: $3,500.00

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Group of Oregon Trail Exonumia Featuring Large Bronze Plaque & Medal

Group of Oregon Trail Exonumia Featuring Large Bronze Plaque & Medal

The Oregon Trail commemorative is a favorite of many numismatists and this lot of material features a great deal of information associated with this coinage masterpiece produced by the husband and wife team of James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser.

Included is a sterling silver pin with bright blue enamel showing a Conestoga wagon, an Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition membership card from 1906, several vintage post cards and photos of Ezra Meeker, an Oregon Trail Memorial Associate medal awarded to Lewis B. Gawtry and an approximately 11-1/2 x 15 inch board with an approximately 9-1/2 inch bronze plaque firmly screwed to it.

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Coin of the Week

1839-O Reeded Edge Half Dollar PCGS MS65

The 1839-O Reeded Edge half dollar might be considered one of the quintessential “cool” coins of American numismatics. It is the first regular issue branch mint half dollar in United States history; prominently sports a terrific, large “O” mintmark just above the date on the obverse; was issued from a now defunct, Southern mint; has a relatively low initial mintage and a sparse number of extant pieces; and has an avid collector following. General awareness within the numismatic community of the attractive characteristics for this coin has grown in recent years, since the publication of the presently definitive work on the Reeded Edge half dollar series. It is one thing to find a low grade problem coin, but to find any 1839-O Reeded Edge half dollar with substantial meat and attractive surfaces is a mighty tall order. Indeed, anything from VF or above with original and attractive surfaces rarely comes to market, and when these pieces do surface, they tend to disappear quickly into strong hands.

Here is an opportunity to acquire one of the finest 1839-O Reeded Edge half dollars that one is ever likely to see. At first glance the surfaces appear nearly white, but a closer inspection reveals a light lilac blush throughout most of the coin with stronger lime and gold hints near the rims. The patina is thick and wonderful, the diagnostic die cracks that connect the obverse stars and invade the reverse design are easily visible and the re-cut “O” mintmark is obvious. The coin is even replete with three carbon marks, which could be used as pedigree marks, on the reverse. This is not an issue found in a high level of preservation with any frequency and to find an extant gem is enough of a reason to build a one-coin collection, if needed.

PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 1/1

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1839-O Reeded Edge Half Dollar PCGS MS65

1839-O Reeded Edge Half Dollar PCGS MS65

The 1839-O Reeded Edge half dollar might be considered one of the quintessential “cool” coins of American numismatics. It is the first regular issue branch mint half dollar in United States history; prominently sports a terrific, large “O” mintmark just above the date on the obverse; was issued from a now defunct, Southern mint; has a relatively low initial mintage and a sparse number of extant pieces; and has an avid collector following. General awareness within the numismatic community of the attractive characteristics for this coin has grown in recent years, since the publication of the presently definitive work on the Reeded Edge half dollar series. It is one thing to find a low grade problem coin, but to find any 1839-O Reeded Edge half dollar with substantial meat and attractive surfaces is a mighty tall order. Indeed, anything from VF or above with original and attractive surfaces rarely comes to market, and when these pieces do surface, they tend to disappear quickly into strong hands.

Here is an opportunity to acquire one of the finest 1839-O Reeded Edge half dollars that one is ever likely to see. At first glance the surfaces appear nearly white, but a closer inspection reveals a light lilac blush throughout most of the coin with stronger lime and gold hints near the rims. The patina is thick and wonderful, the diagnostic die cracks that connect the obverse stars and invade the reverse design are easily visible and the re-cut “O” mintmark is obvious. The coin is even replete with three carbon marks, which could be used as pedigree marks, on the reverse. This is not an issue found in a high level of preservation with any frequency and to find an extant gem is enough of a reason to build a one-coin collection, if needed.

PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 1/1

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1913 Buffalo Nickel Type I PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

1913 Buffalo Nickel Type I PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

The Buffalo nickel, along with the Walking Liberty half dollar, is likely the quintessential American design. The obverse portrait is a composite of several contemporary Native American chiefs while the reverse has the famous portrayal of Black Diamond. James Earle Fraser intentionally left textured surfaces on this coin as part of the artistic aesthetic of the day, which resulted in coins that appear to have a matte finish with underlying luster instead of blinding flash. The example offered here has wonderful, icy blue toning throughout with a hint of lemon on the rims. As expected from the assigned grade, hits are at a minimum, the strike is good and the eye appeal outstanding. The Type I Buffalo nickel is rather common, but someone who appreciates extreme beauty may be quite happy with this example in either a traditional type set or a first-year type set.

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PCGS Population: 24 Higher: 17
CAC Population/Higher: 147/4

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1957 Roosevelt Dime PCGS PR68+DCAM

1957 Roosevelt Dime PCGS PR68+DCAM

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 4
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Exonumia of the Week

Shreeve and Company Catalogue 1910-1911

This Shreve and Company catalogue comes bound in a heavy paper cover that has embedded within it a dramatic copper plate with an approximate size of 1-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches. Shreve and Company is a luxury jeweler and silversmith entity that has been in San Francisco since 1854. Their building was one of the few to survive the earthquake of 1906. This catalogue might be considered the Sears catalogue of high end jewelers and silversmiths. It is a heavy book of approximately 225-pages with nearly every page featuring a large photograph (halftone plates) of a group of items for sale with prices listed on the bottom of each page. At the back of the book there is still the attached order form with the date of order listed as “191_”. The off-white cover has some light staining and some of the interior pages also have some light discoloration or staining. The pages are made of high quality material and are intentionally ragged cut on the edges.

Priced at: $1,200.00

Contact Information

Numismatic Americana Incorporated
P.O. Box 608
Chester, NJ 07930

William Shamhart, Jr.
email: Bill@numismaticamericana.com

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