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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”.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Adams & Co. Bill of Lading to LA Birdsall 1854

Adams & Co. Bill of Lading to LA Birdsall 1854

This bill of lading from the Adams & Co. California Freight, Package and Parcel Express is for two packages received from the US Mint on July 3, 1854 and addressed to LA Birdsall. The boxes were pre-paid and given no known value. LA Birdsall was appointed June 30, 1853 as the first Superintendent of the US Mint at San Francisco. The reverse of the receipt shows that the two boxes contained dies from Philadelphia. There are several folds on the light blue paper with one heavier crease as well as the remnants of some light brown stains on the reverse.

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Freeman & Co. Bill of Lading JR Snowden to San Francisco 1855

Freeman & Co. Bill of Lading JR Snowden to San Francisco 1855

This is a receipt for one box of then-value $135 from JR Snowden in Philadelphia on July 3, 1855 to San Francisco. The bill of lading is with Freeman & Co. New-York to California Package Express and is cream colored with black scrollwork on the left margin featuring a sidewheel steamer en route. Snowden was Treasurer of the US Mint from 1847 to 1850 and then Director of the US Mint from 1853 to 1861. The reverse shows the printed insurance contract and “Recd July 28/55” in cursive ink.

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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