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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Operation Bernhard Bank of England Fifty-Pound Counterfeit PCGS Apparent EF45

Operation Bernhard Bank of England Fifty-Pound Counterfeit PCGS Apparent EF45

Operation Bernhard was a major counterfeiting program instituted by the German government and directed by SS Major Bernhard Kruger to produce counterfeit British currency during World War II. The notes that were eventually produced have been considered some of the most perfect counterfeits ever to be discovered and were meant to destabilize the British economy during the war by causing inflation after release. The counterfeits were produced with denominations of five, ten, twenty and fifty Pounds and most are believed to be have been disposed of at the bottom of Lake Toplitz at the end of the war. This example is from a fifty Pound note with a PCGS grade of Apparent EF45 with noted edge damage at right and serial number 46742.

 

Priced at: $325.00

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Operation Bernhard Bank of England Ten-Pound Counterfeit PCGS Apparent EF45

Operation Bernhard Bank of England Ten-Pound Counterfeit PCGS Apparent EF45

Operation Bernhard was a major counterfeiting program instituted by the German government and directed by SS Major Bernhard Kruger to produce counterfeit British currency during World War II. The notes that were eventually produced have been considered some of the most perfect counterfeits ever to be discovered and were meant to destabilize the British economy during the war by causing inflation after release. The counterfeits were produced with denominations of five, ten, twenty and fifty Pounds and most are believed to be have been disposed of at the bottom of Lake Toplitz at the end of the war. This example is from a ten Pound note with a PCGS grade of Apparent EF45 with noted edge damage at right, pinholes and small rust spots with serial number 30110.

 

Priced at: $225.00

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Operation Bernhard Bank of England Ten-Pound Counterfeit PCGS VF35

Operation Bernhard Bank of England Ten-Pound Counterfeit PCGS VF35

Operation Bernhard was a major counterfeiting program instituted by the German government and directed by SS Major Bernhard Kruger to produce counterfeit British currency during World War II. The notes that were eventually produced have been considered some of the most perfect counterfeits ever to be discovered and were meant to destabilize the British economy during the war by causing inflation after release. The counterfeits were produced with denominations of five, ten, twenty and fifty Pounds and most are believed to be have been disposed of at the bottom of Lake Toplitz at the end of the war. This example is from a ten Pound note with a PCGS grade of VF35 and serial number 16164.

 

Priced at: $225.00

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McCune (M’Cune) & Peters Good-For 10-Cents

McCune (M’Cune) & Peters Good-For 10-Cents

This is a 37mm x 37mm small format advertising token/chit with obverse of pink cardboard with a single X on each of three sides and a vignette of a Seated Liberty dime reverse in the center. There is a pink stamp or ink dot in the upper left corner and stain in the lower right corner. The reverse features a printed “Redeemable in bank bills” as well as a pen ink addition of “Mclune & Peters N. 36”. McCune & Peters was a NY mercantile firm founded in 1858.

 

Priced at: $675.00

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Weight of US Gold and Silver Coins Bank Placard c. mid-1870s

Weight of US Gold and Silver Coins Bank Placard c. mid-1870s

This is a relatively large placard likely produced for banks and bullion traders that shows the then-current weights in actual precious metals of US coinage. The placard is approximately 10 x 11 inches in size and printed on thick card stock. The text is bold and easily legible, though the placard itself has some warping and edge discoloration due to ancient water damage or something similar. There are also two stains on the obverse that appear to be from oil. The unprinted reverse has the raised remnants of paint or plaster as well as evidence of mounting tape. Printed information regarding the silver coinage includes information on the Trade Dollar as well as a listing for the Twenty-Cent piece, yet the Twenty-Cent piece values are left unprinted and filled in by hand in pencil. Similarly, an entry for the American Dollar (presumably what we call the Morgan Dollar) has been added in pencil in the appropriate areas. Given this, it is likely the placard pre-dates the Morgan dollar (1878) while having been produced after the Trade Dollar was issued (1873) and in a time frame where the Twenty-Cent piece was known, but details were not yet readily available (1874?). Taken together, 1874 or 1875 is an excellent approximation for the production date while it was likely in use into the 1880s.

 

Priced at: $995.00

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1920 Medal HK-449 Wilson Manila Mint Opening Silver PCGS MS66

1920 Medal HK-449 Wilson Manila Mint Opening Silver PCGS MS66

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PCGS Cert #25335500

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

Priced at: $5,750.00

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1903 Medal HK-876 Denver Mint Opening Bronze PCGS MS63BN

1903 Medal HK-876 Denver Mint Opening Bronze PCGS MS63BN

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PCGS Cert #25354738

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

Priced at: $1,850.00

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(1863) B-14 Cu Robinson Fantasy NGC MS64BN

(1863) B-14 Cu Robinson Fantasy NGC MS64BN

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NGC Cert #3192916-001

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,150.00

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(1796) Castorland Cu PE Paris Restrike with B. Max Mehl Flip PCGS

(1796) Castorland Cu PE Paris Restrike with B. Max Mehl Flip PCGS

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PCGS Cert #28750711

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

Priced at: $1,250.00

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McKinley 1916 G$1 In Bezel With Leather Pouch & Literature

McKinley 1916 G$1 In Bezel With Leather Pouch & Literature

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Priced at: $4,000.00

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Five Hundred Thousand Dollar Currency Strap For $5,000 Gold Certificates

Five Hundred Thousand Dollar Currency Strap For $5,000 Gold Certificates

The five-thousand dollar denomination was never a commonly printed bill within the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In fact, the denomination as a gold certificate was only printed over the course of five series of notes, which include the dates of 1865, 1870, 1882 and 1888 for large size notes and 1928 for small size notes. This strap uses a typeface consistent with those used in the latter portion of the 1800s and would have been wrapped around one hundred of these gold certificates. The strap itself is decorated with a pair of double boxes containing a repeating petal-type motif.

 

Priced at: $1,600.00

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One Million Dollar Currency Strap For $10,000 Notes

One Million Dollar Currency Strap For $10,000 Notes

Over the years there were various types of ten-thousand dollar notes produced by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These include large size notes from the legal tender, Federal Reserve and gold certificate series as well as small size notes from the Federal Reserve and gold certificate series. The typeface is consistent with usage in the late nineteenth century, but is not conclusive for that time period. The strap itself is decorated with a pair of double boxes containing a repeating petal-type motif.

 

Priced at: $1,600.00

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One Million Dollar Currency Strap For $10,000 Notes Dated February 29, 1904

One Million Dollar Currency Strap For $10,000 Notes Dated February 29, 1904

Over the years there were various types of ten-thousand dollar notes produced by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These include large size notes from the legal tender, Federal Reserve and gold certificate series as well as small size notes from the Federal Reserve and gold certificate series. The typeface is consistent with usage in the late nineteenth century, but is not conclusive for that time period. However, the date stamped on the strap indicates that the currency within would have had to have been the 1878 legal tender issue or any one of the six gold certificate issues. Given the fact that the strap is not listed as containing gold certificates, it might be assumed that it was used for the 1878 legal tender issue featuring Andrew Jackson. It is believed that all notes of this issue have been redeemed. The strap itself is decorated with a pair of double boxes containing a repeating petal-type motif.

 

Priced at: $1,600.00

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United States Mint Gold Medal H. Joe Selby With Presentation Box

United States Mint Gold Medal H. Joe Selby With Presentation Box

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Priced at: $2,500.00

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United States Mint Gold Medal H. Dudley Coleman 1941 With Presentation Box

United States Mint Gold Medal H. Dudley Coleman 1941 With Presentation Box

This is a gold medal presented to H. Dudley Coleman for long and distinguished service to the United States Mint. Mr. Coleman would have been well versed in gold as he had been the Melter and Refiner at the United States Mint in New Orleans from 1899 through 1905. Later, in 1912, he served as a member of the United States Assay Commission. The medal contains 91.4g gold.

 

Priced at: $9,750.00

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1893 Medal IL World’s Columbian Expo E-107 Bronze NGC MS66

1893 Medal IL World’s Columbian Expo E-107 Bronze NGC MS66

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NGC Cert #2248793-001

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $750.00

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1892 Medal IL World’s Columbian Expo E-98A Bronze NGC MS64

1892 Medal IL World’s Columbian Expo E-98A Bronze NGC MS64

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NGC Cert #1949138-(001-001)

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $450.00

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Memorandum of Gold Bullion Deposit 1885

Memorandum of Gold Bullion Deposit 1885

Memorandum of gold bullion deposited at the United States Assay Office at New York on December 24, 1885. This deposit was made by the Mercantile National Bank in the amount of $1,859.98. The memorandum has three deep vertical folds and one lesser horizontal fold. It also has an abundance of calculations in pencil on the reverse along with an adhered, bent, torn and cancelled two cent stamp, some red stains and smudging. Overall, the reverse is evocative of the tromp l’oeil style practiced so well by William Harnett.

Priced at: $595.00

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Memorandum of Gold Bullion Deposit 1864

Memorandum of Gold Bullion Deposit 1864

Memorandum of gold bullion deposited at the United States Assay Office at New York on November 3, 1864. The description states $1,441.29 was deposited less one-half percent Internal Revenue Tax. This Civil War deposit has the name of J. Fred Pierson with the source of the gold as Colorado and is signed by GW Edelman. There are myriad calculations in pencil as well as ink on both sides of the document and it has previously been folded into quarters, which have left creases most visible on the reverse.

Priced at: $595.00

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Nellie Tayloe Ross Letter to Karl Stefan with Steel Cents

Nellie Tayloe Ross Letter to Karl Stefan with Steel Cents

Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first governor in US history when she was elected to office to complete the term of her husband, the late Governor William Ross of Wyoming. She later became the first Director of the US Mint by serving an astounding twenty years in that capacity, from 1933 until 1953. She presided over the US Mint during the metallic composition change in the cent and nickel denominations during World War II and in this letter dated March 10, 1943 she has enclosed two examples of the new steel cents “from among the first to come off the presses” for Representative Karl Stefan. Stefan was a Republican Congressman from Nebraska who at the time was also on the Appropriations Committee. Though the enclosed steels cents (there are two steel cents included with the letter) appear unremarkable, they certainly have a remarkable provenance.

Priced at: $1,750.00

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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

PCGS Members Only Show

October 1-4, 2014
The Bellagio
Las Vegas, NV

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

PCGS Members Only Show
October 1-4, 2014
The Bellagio
Las Vegas, NV

The Silver Dollar & Rare Coin Expo
October 16-18, 2014
Greater Saint Charles Convention Center
Saint Charles, MO

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