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1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece

In early 1938 the Commission of Fine Arts announced an open competition to design a new nickel with the likeness of Thomas Jefferson. There were 390 artists who answered the call and submitted designs, some of them well known, some of them relatively unknown. I am sure that it didn’t hurt that in the midst of the Great Depression that there was a $1,000 prize for the winning design.

Amongst the aforementioned 390 artists, it was Felix Schlag’s design that was accepted. As is common practice then, and now, artists found way to further capitalize on their new found fame. With that in mind, Mr. Schlag acquired 150 Proof versions of new nickel from the mint and had them framed so as to sell them to the public.

In frames measuring approximately 9×11, Mr. Schlag signed the mat-board and had them notarized on September 20th, 1939, nearly one year after issue. The inside reads as follows:

“FIRST PRIZE WINNER AMONG 390 COMPETING ARTISTS IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR A NEW FIVE CENT COIN, APRIL 20,1938 (SIGNED) ‘FELIX SCHLAG’ SCULPTOR”

PROOF JEFFERSON NICKEL 1938

UPON REQUEST FELIX SCHLAG-DESIGNER OF THIS COIN HAS CONSENTED TO SIGN 150 PROOF JEFFERSON NICKELS-OF WHICH THE COIN ABOVE IS NUMBER __-SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS 29TH DAY OF SETPEMB. A.D. 1939

Signed illegibly,

NOTARY PUBLIC

At Numismatic Americana Incorporated we have bought and sold many of the available 150 pieces over the years, including the number 1 specimen. These are great items for the collector of American history, Jefferson nickels, or just someone looking for a nice piece to hang in their den. We are proud to offer the following pieces for your consideration.

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #132

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #132

Number 132. In what I believe to be the original frame (although it is a little scuffed up). Ruggedly handsome.

Priced at: $2,000.00

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1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #145

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #145

Number 145. In a modern frame (done by us), as close as possible to the original. Insides are very fresh, and this would look great on any Numismatist’s wall.

Priced at: $1,750.00

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John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan gold mining photo

John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan gold mining photo

John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan gold mining photo; Blankenberg (Norwegian, 1860-1939) almost exclusively photographed the Yukon Territory gold rush camps of the late 19th-early 20th century. Pictured is a panoramic view of Dawson (City), capital of the Klondike, with docked paddlewheeler. 4 1/4″ x 11 3/4″. Signed and Stamped on back (John Blankenberg photographer, Haines Alaska)

John Martin Blankenberg was born in Tragdor, Norway, October 24, 1860. He came to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and worked as a photographer in Dawson, Haines, and possibly other locations. Little is known of his personal life. He was married at one time and spent the latter part of his life in Tenakee, Alaska, which is where he died, August 19, 1939. He is best known for his photos of Haines, Lake Bennett, and Lake Lindeman, the Chilkat Indians, and activities on the Chilkoot Pass. Taken from the Alaska State Library
Priced at: $250.00

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John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan Gold Rush photo

John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan Gold Rush photo

John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan Gold Rush photo; professional panoramic image of the Eldorado works near Fairbanks. 4 1/4″ x 113/4″ Signed and stamped on back ( John Blankenberg, Photographer, Haines Alaska)

John Martin Blankenberg was born in Tragdor, Norway, October 24, 1860. He came to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and worked as a photographer in Dawson, Haines, and possibly other locations. Little is known of his personal life. He was married at one time and spent the latter part of his life in Tenakee, Alaska, which is where he died, August 19, 1939. He is best known for his photos of Haines, Lake Bennett, and Lake Lindeman, the Chilkat Indians, and activities on the Chilkoot Pass. Taken from the Alaska State Library
Priced at: $250.00

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John Martin Blankenberg Klondike Gold Rush photo

John Martin Blankenberg Klondike Gold Rush photo

John Martin Blankenberg Klondike Gold Rush photo; professional photographer’s image of established mining site in the Yukon Territory. 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″

John Martin Blankenberg was born in Tragdor, Norway, October 24, 1860. He came to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and worked as a photographer in Dawson, Haines, and possibly other locations. Little is known of his personal life. He was married at one time and spent the latter part of his life in Tenakee, Alaska, which is where he died, August 19, 1939. He is best known for his photos of Haines, Lake Bennett, and Lake Lindeman, the Chilkat Indians, and activities on the Chilkoot Pass. Taken from the Alaska State Library
Priced at: $250.00

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John Martin Blankenberg photo of Alaskan Gold Rush

John Martin Blankenberg photo of Alaskan Gold Rush

John Martin Blankenberg photo of Alaskan Gold Rush; miners pose by sluice works after introduction of primitive automation. 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″.

John Martin Blankenberg was born in Tragdor, Norway, October 24, 1860. He came to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and worked as a photographer in Dawson, Haines, and possibly other locations. Little is known of his personal life. He was married at one time and spent the latter part of his life in Tenakee, Alaska, which is where he died, August 19, 1939. He is best known for his photos of Haines, Lake Bennett, and Lake Lindeman, the Chilkat Indians, and activities on the Chilkoot Pass. Taken from the Alaska State Library
Priced at: $250.00

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John Martin Blankenberg photo of Alaskan Gold Rush families

John Martin Blankenberg photo of Alaskan Gold Rush families

John Martin Blankenberg photo of Alaskan Gold Rush families; some in Sunday dress, one rotund rowdy on his somnolent steed, all posed before a dense Yukon stand. Early 20th century image. 6″ x 8″

John Martin Blankenberg was born in Tragdor, Norway, October 24, 1860. He came to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and worked as a photographer in Dawson, Haines, and possibly other locations. Little is known of his personal life. He was married at one time and spent the latter part of his life in Tenakee, Alaska, which is where he died, August 19, 1939. He is best known for his photos of Haines, Lake Bennett, and Lake Lindeman, the Chilkat Indians, and activities on the Chilkoot Pass. Taken from the Alaska State Library
Priced at: $250.00

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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

Missouri Numismatic Society 54th Annual Coin Show
Table 1204

July 17-19, 2014
Saint Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, MO

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

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Missouri Numismatic Society 54th Annual Coin Show
Table 1204
July 17-19, 2014
Saint Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, MO

ANA World's Fair of Money
August 5-9, 2014
Donald E. Stehpens Convention Center

Long Beach Coin Expo
September 4-6, 2014
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA

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October 16-18, 2014
Greater Saint Charles Convention Center
Saint Charles, MO

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Table 511
October 30-November 2, 2014
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Baltimore, MD

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

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