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

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0 CAC Population/Higher: -/- Priced at: $28,500.00

1841-O Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67 (CAC)

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0 CAC Population/Higher: 1/0 Priced at: $87,500.00

1850 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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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

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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.

Priced at: $4,500.00

Coin of the Week

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: -/-

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Priced at: $27,500.00

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.

Many more images are featured in the link for this grouping.

Priced at: $12,500.00

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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Priced at: $4,250.00

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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Priced at: $950.00

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

Priced at: $65,000.00

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

Coin of the Week

1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR66 (CAC)

Many strongly believe that proof Walking Liberty half dollars are among the most attractive coins that the United States Mint has ever produced. These coins carry the iconic Walking Liberty design of Adolph Weinman, which itself is reminiscent of Oscar Roty’s Le Semeuse (The Sower) that strode across the coins of France during the same time period. However, no reverse design of The Sower could match the large and powerful eagle that adorns Weinman’s work, complete with seemingly impossibly complex plumage.

Walking Liberty half dollar proofs were only issued from 1936-1942 with the earliest issues being far tougher to find in gem levels of preservation. Only 3,901 coins were issued and aside from the difficulty in finding gems, finding those coins with original surfaces is even tougher. This particular example has wonderful splashes of toning around the rims that are consistent with long term storage in the original mint packaging material. It is amazing that a coin in a series this popular, which looks this attractive and with this low an original mintage to go along with its conditional scarcity could be obtained in today’s market at these levels. Perhaps the greatest trick to obtaining a coin such as this is the opportunity to purchase it, rather than the price level.

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PCGS Population: 295 Higher: 45
CAC Population/Higher: 82/18

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Exonumia of the Week

A Pair of Lorillard (Lorrilard) Wise Plaster Models Submitted for the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar

Lorillard (or Lorrilard, as per Don Taxay) Wise was the first artist contacted about producing models for the proposed New Rochelle commemorative half dollar design. Interestingly, the designs and plasters were originally approved only to be highly modified and later rejected entirely with the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) moving to another artist (Gertrude Lathrop; designer of the previously issued Albany commemorative).

A July 20, 1936 letter from Charles Moore to acting Mint Director Mary O’Reilly requested that certain aspects of the submitted design be reworked and, after this was done, a follow up letter of August 17, 1936 to acting Mint Director O’Reilly stated that the models should be approved with some additional modifications. At that time the conditionally approved design featured a Native American crouched along the shore with ship in background on obverse paired with the New Rochelle coat of arms on reverse, which would match the pair of plasters offered presently. Photographs of these plasters are also included in Taxay’s “An Illustrated History of US Commemorative Coinage” on page 197. Instead of smoothly transitioning to coinage production, additional critiques of the designs were ongoing and a complete reworking of the Native American obverse was later submitted as a sketch including merely the shoreline of New Rochelle. At this point the CFA was split as to approving the designs and plans were put into place to remove Lorillard Wise from involvement and to instead go with Gertrude Lathrop for coinage design and production.

The initially approved designs by Wise, included here, offer a very different view of what might have been for the New Rochelle commemorative half dollar. The positioning of the Native American, in an apparent crouch, seems somewhat odd today and this was also the case in the critiques of 1936 as well as in 1967 when Taxay wrote “The obverse featured an Indian who anatomy can only be described as unfortunate.” There are two positions that the word LIBERTY appears on these first-draft models; one obverse has the inscription on the sun and another has it in the vegetation directly behind the Native American. The plaster included here has the inscription on the sun.

The two plasters included are quite clean with a crisp white appearance and essentially smooth, unmarked reverses. They are approximately nine inches across and one inch deep and neither is a perfect circle, but instead each shows irregular borders immediately surrounding the raised borders that encircle the proposed design.

Priced at: $7,500.00

Coin of the Week

1879 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS68+ (CAC)

The Seated Liberty denominations can be a bear for type set collectors and are definitely among the most difficult for the date/mintmark collectors. Taking the quarters by themselves, there are six varieties or sub-types generally recognized for inclusion into a type set, which include No Drapery, No Motto, Arrows & Rays, Arrows No Motto, With Motto as well as Arrows With Motto. Those collectors who buy gem or near-gem coinage typically do not obtain each of these varieties and instead will concentrate on one or two superb examples of the type. This coin would satisfy nearly anyone wanting to obtain a super-gem for type purposes.

The With Motto coinage is the most easily obtained in high grade, but even in this variety there are gradations to the definition of “easily obtained”. The great majority of the latter date issues, starting with 1879 and continuing through the end of the series, were produced in such strikingly low quantities that there basal price levels are quite high. The coin offered here is from that latter production period and had an original mintage of only 13,600 pieces. Both obverse and reverse are awash in a rich blend of blue and violet that start as swirls of deep navy around the rims and gradually change to violet in the center. The coin is very clean of marks, as would be expected at the MS68+ grade level, and the strike is quite strong throughout including the eagle’s talons and wing tips, Ms. Liberty’s hair and fingers and along the rims of both obverse and reverse shields. This coin glows when rotated in the light and has superb “curb appeal” as well as superb eye appeal under a loupe. This could be a one-coin collection, the highlight of a complete type set or the cornerstone to a fabulous Seated Liberty type set.

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

Priced at: $42,750.00

Exonumia of the Week

The Coins of the Bible Illustrated-Scott & Company 1884

Although this is a physically small book, it measures approximately 3-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches and is only approximately ¼ inch thick; the book carries quite a bit of heft. The reason for that would be the four “Fac-Similies of Coins Mentioned in the Holy Bible” nestled neatly into die-cut holes in the back cover, as issued. The book is 38-pages in length with minor scuffing along the covers, but the interior pages are nearly completely devoid of any stains, stray marks or other injuries. The pages are thick and crisp and the typeface bold and easy to read. Perhaps most surprisingly, the reproductions in the back are complete as a group and have not been abused in any obvious manner. It seems that this book was originally produced to allow school age children a chance to learn about coins in the Bible and as such it would stand to reason that the great majority of pieces still extant would show significant handling. This is not the case with the current example. The reproductions included in the back include one each “Shekel of Israel”, “Widow’s Mite”, “Shekel or Stater” and “Penny or Denarius”.

Priced at: $995.00

Coin of the Week

Lincoln 1918 PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

The Lincoln (or Illinois Centennial) commemorative was one of the first wave of commemorative half dollars issued by the United States Mint. It was produced in relatively large numbers, with approximately 100,000 issued, and the design responsibility was split between George T. Morgan and John R. Sinnock. Morgan had risen to Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint just one year prior, in 1917, and would keep that position until his death in 1925 whereupon Sinnock would replace him and remain there until 1947.

The earlier commemorative half dollars often suffered from careless handling upon sale, which can make the initial mintage numbers somewhat deceiving when searching for gem examples with terrific eye appeal. Although the Lincoln commem has survived in relatively plentiful numbers in near-gem, those examples much nicer than that are fairly scarce. The present piece has fantastic eye appeal with wonderful, complete luster rolling about the surfaces enrobed with glowing auburn, navy and golden toning along the obverse rims. Indeed, the obverse toning serves to frame the clean shaven and mournful portrait of Lincoln, based directly on the statue by Andrew O’Connor. It would be a difficult task to find a coin as fresh and attractive as this commemorative half dollar.

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PCGS Population: 14 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 40/0

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Exonumia of the Week

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Robert Lucas (1781-1853) Portrait Vignette

Robert Lucas was a Brigadier General, first as the Speaker of the Ohio State Senate, President of the first Democratic National Convention and Governor of the State of Ohio serving between 1832 and 1836; he was later appointed as the first Governor of the Iowa Territory in 1838. This steel plate is approximately 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches with a bold, stern facing portrait, which makes him appear to be the missing sibling to Zachary Taylor and Andrew Jackson, within oval frame and ornamentation. It is a typical steel grey color with minor handling marks and marked John Sellers on the reverse. The original paper envelope is included and has V46943 written in bold, red ink as well as No. 18 in black ink below. Included is a proof impression on white stock paper with notations in pencil and red ink as well as a proof room index card from ABNCo that records the identity of the engraver as James Bannister.

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Coin of the Week

1874 Seated Liberty Quarter with Arrows PCGS PR66 (CAC)

There were two “types” of with arrows Seated Liberty quarter dollars produced; those of 1854-1855 and again from a portion of 1873 through 1874. While the former denoted a reduction in the silver content of the coins, the latter was an indication of an increase in silver content. All proof with arrows Seated Liberty quarters are tough as there were fewer than 1,400 produced for this sub-type. To find a piece with wonderful, original toning that is devoid of bothersome patches of hairlines is a difficult task, yet there are a precious few super-gems in existence.

This particular coin would be one of those super-gem pieces. It features a lovely array of violet, navy and magenta throughout much of each side that frames lesser toned centers. The center of the obverse matches quite well with the peripheral toning while the center of the reverse sports more of what might be considered target or bulls-eye toning with the central portion being a fair bit lighter in color. This coin is completely original, devoid of signs of abuse and would be a highlight to all but the most special type sets.

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PCGS Population: 5 Higher: 5
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

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Exonumia of the Week

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) John Frederick Hartranft (1830-1889) Portrait Vignette

John F. Hartranft was Governor of Pennsylvania from 1873 to 1879, but may be best known for winning the Congressional Medal of Honor, in 1886, for his part in the First Battle of Bull Run where he appeared as a volunteer after his active service period had expired. His political agenda included such radical ideas as greater racial equality and worker’s rights as well as attempting to minimize political corruption. The steel plate is approximately 2-3/4 x 2-1/2 inches, is light grey in color with minimal hatching on the reverse along with the mark of John Sellers. Included is the original paper envelope with V45095 written in bold, red ink as well as other red ink marking. Additionally, proof impressions on two pages of white stock paper, both with pencil notations, and a proof room index card accompany the plate and envelope. The proof room index card indicates John Bannister was the engraver and that it was approved in April, 1877.

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Coin of the Week

Antietam 1937 PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

The Battle of Antietam, otherwise known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, was both the first major Civil War engagement in the North as well as the bloodiest day in American history. Greater than 22,000 men were killed, wounded or missing by day’s end. The withdrawal of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces from Maryland to Virginia, while McClellan’s Union Army stood still, allowed the Confederate Army to escape, but also allowed the Union to declare victory on the battlefield. This victory, while not definitive or crushing, helped to support and give legitimacy to President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to declare the Emancipation Proclamation, which immediately halted both French and English plans that may have recognized or helped the Confederacy.

This commemorative half dollar features the conjoined busts of Lee and McClellan on the obverse and the Burnside Bridge on the reverse. The coin is primarily white, or untoned, but has good skin and a mild ring of golden-yellow on both sides indicative of storage in the original cardboard holder. This coin has good luster and is wonderfully devoid of marks.

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PCGS Population: 12 Higher: 17
CAC Population/Higher: 92/10

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Exonumia of the Week

Two Unsigned Plaster Models 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 two plaster models included here are without signature marks of any type. They are most likely a pair submitted at one time by a single artist as their patina and style look quite similar. The creamy, antique white obverse has IN GOD WE TRUST in front of the portrait, a widely spaced LIBERTY above and a closely spaced date set off-center below. There are some pencil marks that appear to be guidelines on the model as well as some tape on the edge, though the tape does not appear to have any function. The reverse is unmarked aside from some red, violet or pink ink that has long ago bled. The most dramatic feature readily visible, aside from the design, are a pair of holes drilled neatly through the model, each with an outer diameter of approximately 3/8 inch, perhaps for mounting on a wall. The likely mate for this obverse is a reverse that is strikingly similar to what was finally put into production later in 1938. It has many of the features we are familiar with on the first Jefferson nickels, but also has a pair of bold stars and the fine details of Monticello are in striking relief. Interestingly, the ink seen on the obverse mate is also seen on this piece in the field beneath E PLURIBUS UNUM as well as on the reverse. Additionally, myriad pencil markings are on the surfaces, generally along the edge and plain back, as well as a fairly large chip that has been lost from the rim above the A in AMERICA. This model also has holes drilled into it.

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

Priced at: $7,500.00

Coin of the Week

1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

Descriptions will be posted soon.

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PCGS Population: 7 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

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Priced at: $47,500.00

Exonumia of the Week

Charles K. Warner Catalog 1906 with Original Envelope

Charles Warner sold “fine proof American medals and medalets” from his 1906 catalog. Each of the 45-pieces is listed with some combination of subject description, medal size and composition, method of production and price. The catalog is four pages total (two pages of listings along with front and back cover) and the cover pages contain many wonderfully done illustrations. Inner listings are in black ink while the covers are in a salmon-red ink that is quite similar to the 1894 Washington two-cent Type I stamp (US #249) produced in carmine lake. The pages are good and the catalog has deep folds in it to facilitate mailing in a standard, letter sized envelope.

The accompanying envelope has been opened by ripping the extreme left side, is stamped December 11, 1906 out of Philadelphia, PA and addressed to Mr. Morris Palmer in deep, thick black ink and the most gloriously bold penmanship that one might hope to find. It would make anyone practicing the Spencerian or Palmer methods of penmanship proud.

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Coin of the Week

1826 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS66 (CAC)

Descriptions will be posted soon.

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PCGS Population: 7 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 10/1

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