On this page you will find many items that few have ever seen.

Many areas are covered with an emphasis on pre-production, production of, and uses for United States coins and currency.

Also included will be medals and tokens.  Not legal tender, but beautiful medallic miniature sculptures issued throughout the last three hundred years.  Some of the best works from designers of U.S. coins are to be found here, along with historically important commemorative medals.

And finally we include the decorative arts here.  Vintage coin glass from 1892, trompe l’oil paintings, and vintage prints are just a few of the things you will find.

 

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(1892-93) Columbian World’s Fair Saint Gaudens-Barber Medal Elgit-90 Bronze Awarded to Sociedad Rural Argentina with Original Box PCGS SP65BN

(1892-93) Columbian World’s Fair Saint Gaudens-Barber Medal Elgit-90 Bronze Awarded to Sociedad Rural Argentina with Original Box PCGS SP65BN

There is a veritable cornucopia of material associated with the 1892-1893 Columbian World’s Fair that includes coins, medals, programs, tickets and any manner of badges, magazine articles, photographs and other materials. Of particular note to the numismatist are the medals designed in a joint effort by Augustus Saint Gaudens and Charles Barber. These large, nearly three inch diameter medals are prized by collectors today, but are seldom offered in gem condition or with their original box. This piece is a warm brown with glints of lighter copper highlights and devoid of corrosion, verdigris or other surface insults. The included box has some spotting on both top and bottom and opens up to reveal deep blue velvet interior with circular cut out center piece that was designed to hold the medal. Overall the box is in very good condition.

 

Priced at: $950.00

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

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.

 

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The Coins of the Bible Illustrated-Scott & Company 1884

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

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California Fractional Gold from Kroll Dies-Three Pieces all ICG Certified MS65

California Fractional Gold from Kroll Dies-Three Pieces all ICG Certified MS65

California fractional gold is generally broken down into three date ranges of issues, or periods, based upon design and contemporary usage. Period One, which consists of those pieces struck and issued from approximately 1852 to 1856, is the only period with strong evidence that the fractional gold issued actually circulated in commerce. These pieces typically conform closely in weight and fineness to US Federal coinage and their designs are often similar, too. Period Two issues were produced later, perhaps from 1859 through 1882, and differ in that they tend to be underweight or below standard fineness and that they employ a variety of design motifs that did not appear on US coinage. Still later are the Period Three issues. The Period Three issues seem to have been made after an effort by the US Secret Service to stop the production of new, privately minted fractional gold pieces. During this time the fractional gold tokens were given earlier dates to make it appear that the pieces were produced before US Secret Service involvement, and the designer or producer’s initials were in most cases absent. Both Period Two and Period Three fractional gold were commonly used in jewelry and generally viewed as a token.

Herman Kroll of New York City produced California fractional gold pieces during Period Three and, while it is not definitively known when production ceased, it appears that Period Three tokens were issued into the early years of the twentieth century. Kroll eventually sold his dies to A. C. Nygren and after Nygren’s estate was liquidated in 1924 these dies and sometime later were again pressed into service to produce, somewhat ironically, restrikes of pre-dated tokens that had not actually been issued during the date stated on them. These restrikes were typically produced with higher purity gold content. The three pieces offered here are restrikes categorized as BG-1301A, BG-1304A and BG-1307A as an octagonal “1857” 25-cent gold, round “1854” 50-cent gold and octagonal “1863” $1 gold, respectively. The octagonal pieces have their edges swallowed up a bit by the ICG insert so that they may appear at first glance to be round. Each has been certified by ICG as MS65 and each has bright, blazing luster and little of the extreme mushiness often associated with the earliest issues in this odd series of coins/tokens.

 

Priced at: $550.00

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Shreve and Company Catalogue 1910-1911

Shreve 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.

 

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United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces-Judd, Fourth Edition 1970, Harry W. Bass Signed & Annotated

United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces-Judd, Fourth Edition 1970, Harry W. Bass Signed & Annotated

This copy of Judd’s reference work belonged in the library of Harry W. Bass and it is boldly signed with blue ink at the top of the first blank page inside the front cover as “Harry W. Bass Jr.”. The book itself has seen heavy use with somewhat loose binding, a scuffed and marked cover and heavily annotated pages. At the top of the dedication page there is written in smudged, red ink “A-indicates in A.N.S. collection”. The notes continue throughout the text in both blue and red ink and appear to contain auction lot and sales records as well as copious observations. The back page has a business card stapled to the top for Stewart P. Witham. Witham was a prominent numismatist whose collection of Capped Bust half dollars was later featured in the Heritage Signature Sale in conjunction with the 2010 ANA Show held in Boston, MA. This appears to have been a working copy of the Judd book in the Harry W. Bass library. Bass began collecting coins in the 1960s and the non-profit foundation created by Harry Bass, Sr. includes the following:

“Over the last thirty years of his life, he assembled one of the most complete collections of U.S. gold coins ever brought together by either an individual or a museum. In those three decades he collected over 8,000 U.S. gold coins, for he specialized in their die varieties (the die changes that occurred with use and aging), and upon his death left his collection to the his Foundation. To become a world-class expert in this very specialized area, he also assembled a private numismatic library of over 10,000 items. His Core Collection of U.S. Gold is now on display at the American Numismatic Association Museum in Colorado Springs.” Source; The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation.

 

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United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces-Judd, Second Edition 1962, Harry W. Bass Signed & Dated

United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces-Judd, Second Edition 1962, Harry W. Bass Signed & Dated

This copy of Judd’s reference work belonged in the library of Harry W. Bass and it is boldly signed and dated with red ink at the top of the first blank page inside the front cover as “Harry W. Bass Jr.” on one line and directly below “May, 1965”. The book itself is generally in exceptional condition with tight binding, a clean cover with bold cover text and generally clean pages. This appears to have been a shelf copy of the Judd book in the Harry W. Bass library. Bass began collecting coins in the 1960s and the non-profit foundation created by Harry Bass, Sr. includes the following:

“Over the last thirty years of his life, he assembled one of the most complete collections of U.S. gold coins ever brought together by either an individual or a museum. In those three decades he collected over 8,000 U.S. gold coins, for he specialized in their die varieties (the die changes that occurred with use and aging), and upon his death left his collection to the his Foundation. To become a world-class expert in this very specialized area, he also assembled a private numismatic library of over 10,000 items. His Core Collection of U.S. Gold is now on display at the American Numismatic Association Museum in Colorado Springs.” Source; The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation.

 

Priced at: $700.00

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Bolen’s Medals-Johnson 1882

Bolen’s Medals-Johnson 1882

This is a brown, hardbound copy with embossed decorative bands and gilt lettering on the cover. It has a Lyman Low sticker at the top of the inside front cover that measures approximately 1 x ½ inches. The book is approximately 8-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches. The spine has separated from the inner pages and there are some stray strings of cloth emerging from the cover, as shown in the image. The issue has good structural integrity, but it is in a delicate state.

This publication was offered as paper covered, full book-cloth with gilt covered and “full morocco gilt covered” with autograph and the entire printing run is believed to be 150-copies. Copies one through ten may have been for the morocco gilt with copies 11-35 reserved for the book-cloth and the remainder for book-cloth (Musante, 2002). The copies were numbered and this book is neatly stamped in blue ink with a “32”. The book has copious pencil notations throughout and is fully illustrated with hand cut-out images that are glued to the blank sides of pages, as issued. There are additional notes in pen, which may have been added as new issues or mules became known. Additionally, the table for “Bolen’s Mules” is heavily annotated. Lastly and interestingly, there is a full-page ad at the back of the book for W. Elliot Woodward, who was instrumental for marketing Bolen’s work. This is an important issue for Bolen medal collectors and historians.

 

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History of the United States Mint and Coinage Ancient and Modern-Evans US Mint Centennial Issue 1892

History of the United States Mint and Coinage Ancient and Modern-Evans US Mint Centennial Issue 1892

The 1892 edition of this work has a hardbound blue cloth binding with embossed, gilt lettering on the cover and spine. The binding is fairly tight and the cover retains a vivid shade of blue with minor scuff marks. The last ten pages of the book have an old stain along the top edge of the pages that is reminiscent of a grease or heat stain. There is also a single photographic plate that has a small piece of ancient tape along the edge to stabilize a slight tear. This edition is approximately 180-pages with dimensions of approximately 8-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches. The paper used in this edition is more substantial than that used in previous editions.

It contains an extensive chapter describing the minting process complete with many exceptional illustrations and even an illustration of a counting board with 60 (sixty!) 1804 silver coins, presumably dimes or half-dimes. There is an additional discussion of foreign and ancient coins that is then followed by a more detailed study of US federal and colonial issues. Two dozen or more high quality black and white plates of coins, minting tools and portraits are scattered throughout the work as well. Lastly, there is a nascent coin grading and valuation guide at the end, with at least the valuation guide serving as an ad for Scott Stamp and Coin Co. where an 1804 dollar is listed at $200 and an 1836 Gobrecht dollar at $4.00 while the 1796 quarter is $1.00, which is more than the 1804 quarter at 75-cents!

 

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History of the United States Mint and Coinage Ancient and Modern-Evans, 1894

History of the United States Mint and Coinage Ancient and Modern-Evans, 1894

This is a copy of the “New Revised Edition” of the Evans US Mint classic. Over the years there were multiple editions of this work published and the book in this listing is a hardbound issue with reddish-brown cloth covering, embossed decorative covers and spine; with gilt lettering and spine trim. There is some fading of the covers, stray pencil marks on several pages and parts of the spine are loose, but overall the book is fairly clean and tight. This edition is approximately 180-pages with dimensions of approximately 9 x 5-3/4 inches.

It contains an extensive chapter describing the minting process complete with many exceptional illustrations and even an illustration of a counting board with 60 (sixty!) 1804 silver coins, presumably dimes or half-dimes. There is an additional discussion of foreign and ancient coins that is then followed by a more detailed study of US federal and colonial issues. Two dozen or more high quality black and white plates of coins, minting tools and portraits are scattered throughout the work as well. Lastly, there is a nascent coin grading and valuation guide at the end, with at least the valuation guide serving as an ad for Scott Stamp and Coin Co. where an 1804 dollar is listed at $200 and an 1836 Gobrecht dollar at $4.00 while the 1796 quarter is $1.00, which is more than the 1804 quarter at 75-cents!

 

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The John Adams Bolen Medals & Stuck Copies

John Adams Bolen was a die sinker, a jewelry repair man, a sewing machine salesman, a subscription book salesman an engraver and a shop owner, among other things. He is best known to modern numismatists, however, for his prolific, eighteenth century production of medals and store cards. Bolen began his career in the 1840s in the New York-New Jersey area making jewelry and cutting likenesses for James Rumrill of Peckham and Rumrill. He later followed Rumrill to Springfield, MA in the early 1850s and remained there for the rest of his life.

Sometime between late 1860 and early 1861, Bolen was approached about producing a medal for the Pioneer Baseball Club of Springfield, MA. This would be Bolen’s first medal and would later be known as JAB-1. Following the Civil War, Bolen returned to making medals as well as a small number of struck copies of rare US (colonial) issues. From late 1865 through 1869 he would cut 36-dies and issue 23-medals, which began to appear in auctions and were noticed throughout the numismatic community. Following 1869, the issuance of medals stopped until the Masonic Temple Dedication medal of 1874, with only sporadic medals produced thereafter and generally tied to the subject of local Masonic events.

Vexing to Bolen and later numismatists were his 1862-1869 production of struck copies for rare US-related issues including the Bar Cent and Higley Copper pieces, among others, at least some of which had small changes incorporated into the designs perhaps as a signature or copy mark. Bolen was well known in numismatic circles and was a member of numismatic societies and he offered his struck copies as copies instead of as legitimate historical issues. Both Lyman Low and Henry Chapman were outspoken critics of struck copies, electrotypes and other forms of duplication and they referred to Bolen’s work with struck copies as counterfeits. Historically, this label appears to have stuck with Bolen to a degree and it may be debated as to how accurate it truly is.

Collecting Bolen’s works has been an active niche in numismatics at least since the 1860s and at some point after the production of the first medals it was realized by both Bolen and others that a catalogue of issues could be quite useful to the industry.  During his lifetime there were five different lists of medallic work produced with the first of these appearing in 1866 and the fourth in 1882. It would not be until 1905 that the fifth work, which is also the only work that was published under Bolen’s name, would be produced. Importantly, none of the five lists is complete or accurate. It appears that real-time records of medal production were not kept by Bolen and that subsequent issues of lists relied upon Bolen notes or his recollections. Bolen also kept his own reference collection, but again it appears as though this reference collection was started well after medal production was started as it was incomplete. The pieces in this reference collection had a small B struck on the side of the medal along with a notation of the metal and a mintage number, which may very well have been a best-guess number. This reference collection was sold to the ANS in 1948.

A frustrating aspect of Bolen regarding his work is that he sold many of the dies he prepared to strike his medals. A total of 34-dies were sold and many of these were later used by their new owners to strike mules. Not all these dies have been accounted for. To complicate matters further, Bolen himself produced 15-mules. This makes collecting and organizing Bolen’s medals a difficult task, but also allows terrific flexibility into what might or might not be included in any individual collection. The dies were sold in three groups to George B. Mason, John W. Kline and A. Ramsey McCoy. Mason later sold or traded his purchased dies to Dr. Frank Smith Edwards and both parties made various mule combinations and these are known as the Mason/Edwards (M/E) mules. The group of dies sold to Kline that were used to produce mules have been catalogued as the Kline mules (K). Those dies sold to McCoy had their mules marketed by W. Elliot Woodward and are the (W) mules.

The numbering system for Bolen’s medals and struck copies largely follows the listing of medals in Bolen’s 1905 work and lists as, for example, JAB-12. Mules produced by Bolen incorporate an M and would be listed as JAB-M-12. Those mules produced by other parties would contain their designation (M/E, K or W) as well. The definitive reference work on Bolen’s career is The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen and was written by Neil E. Musante and published in 2002. It is from this definitive work that the great majority of the information in this article was extracted. TB

(1868) Bolen Medal-Grant Our Next President JAB-32 Copper PCGS MS64BN

(1868) Bolen Medal-Grant Our Next President JAB-32 Copper PCGS MS64BN

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(1867) Bolen Medal-Lincoln Emancipation JAB-28 Copper PCGS MS63BN

(1867) Bolen Medal-Lincoln Emancipation JAB-28 Copper PCGS MS63BN

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(1893) Bolen Medal-Masonic Temple JAB-41 Aluminum PCGS MS62+

(1893) Bolen Medal-Masonic Temple JAB-41 Aluminum PCGS MS62+

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(1862) Bolen Medal-Extremes of Party Spirit JAB-6 Brass PCGS MS64

(1862) Bolen Medal-Extremes of Party Spirit JAB-6 Brass PCGS MS64

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(1862) Bolen Medal-Arsenal Medal without Sun JAB-4 Copper PCGS MS62BN

(1862) Bolen Medal-Arsenal Medal without Sun JAB-4 Copper PCGS MS62BN

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(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

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1863 Patriotic Token F254/434 Money Makes the Mare Go Copper PCGS MS62RB

1863 Patriotic Token F254/434 Money Makes the Mare Go Copper PCGS MS62RB

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1927 Thomas Elder-Abraham Lincoln DeLorey-48 Brass PCGS MS63

1927 Thomas Elder-Abraham Lincoln DeLorey-48 Brass PCGS MS63

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1837 Liberty-Not One Cent HT-48 Copper PCGS MS64BN

1837 Liberty-Not One Cent HT-48 Copper PCGS MS64BN

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Contact Information

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

William Shamhart, Jr.
Phone: 1-908-962-1500
email: Bill@numismaticamericana.com

Notes on Our Next Show

Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo
Table 511
October 30-November 2, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

If you have items to SELL please stop by our table and we will be happy to discuss purchasing them

We will also have many items with us for you to view. If you are looking for anything in particular, or have an interest in anything on our website, please email or give us a call, prior to the show and we will make sure we bring this item for you to view.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

Show Schedule

Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo
Table 511
October 30-November 2, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Coin Expo
November 8, 2014
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum
Allentown, PA

58th Money Show of the Southwest
December 4-6, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

FUN 60th Annual Convention
January 8-11, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

National Money Show
March 5-7, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Central States Numismatic Society
April 22-25, 2015
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

Colorado Springs Coin Show
June 25-28, 2015
Freedom Financial Services Expo Center
Colorado Springs, CO