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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.

 

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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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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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.

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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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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.

Priced at: $650.00

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United States Mint at Carson City Receipt for Silver Bullion 1874

United States Mint at Carson City Receipt for Silver Bullion 1874

A receipt for silver bullion deposited at the US Mint at Carson City dated May 21, 1874 and deposited by Frank D. Hetrick (handwritten as “F.D. Hetrick”). Hetrick was Superintendent of the Carson City Mint from May 1873 through August 1875. The deposit is for 11,084.5 gross ounces silver and the receipt is signed by George W. Bryant, melter and refiner. The reverse shows a veritable laundry list of materials required to run a smelting operation and is written in cursive pencil. There is a small hole in the upper left portion of the obverse within the ornate border scrollwork.

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Treasury of the United States $10,000 Second of Transfer 1858

Treasury of the United States $10,000 Second of Transfer 1858

Uniface document with “SECOND OF TRANSFER” imprinted in orange-red across center. At the upper right is the U.S. Capitol and at the left ornate panel a portrait of Washington in the center. The left ornate panel is darkened with likely glue residue on the reverse. The base vignette is of a small eagle. The issued amount of $10,000.00 is handwritten and made to the “Ass’t. Treasurer of the U.S. at San Francisco” and dated 2 November 1858. It is signed by the Secretary of the Treasury Howell Cobb of Georgia, as well as the Register of the Treasury Finley Bigger of Indiana. Cobb was an ardent advocate of the secession of Georgia from the Union whose portrait vignette appears on the Manufacturers Bank of Macon, Georgia $20.00 notes. This is both a Confederate-related signature piece as well as an interesting Western issuance. The reverse has additional handwriting and signatures. The reverse appears to be endorsed to De Witt Kittle and signed by JR Snyder, Assistant Treasurer San Francisco.

Priced at: $1,200.00

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Browning & Long Civil War Stamp Envelope

Browning & Long Civil War Stamp Envelope

Reed #PE169 ex-Forgue/Ford/Krause/Stacks-Bowers 7897. Heraldic eagle at center, complete with stunning blue printed color and only the faintest handling. This is an exceptional example of this envelope in rare state and of superb quality.

Priced at: $4,500.00

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Havana Agency Civil War Stamp Envelope

Havana Agency Civil War Stamp Envelope

Reed #PE321 ex-Boyd/Ford/Krause/Stacks-Bowers 7908. Fabulous quality and the typeset is in an ornate frame border. This is the first and only example known for the type. Minor handling leaves this short of Mint condition. Significant embossing is seen to the back from the face printing. Under scrutiny, there is a shadow of an old mounting seen on the left flap edge.

Priced at: $2,500.00

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Harlem & N.Y. Nav. Co. Civil War Stamp Envelope

Harlem & N.Y. Nav. Co. Civil War Stamp Envelope

Reed # PE311 ex-Proskey/Western Reserve Historical Society/Krause/Stacks-Bowers 7907. R-9, three known, this example is the only known one with a presumed conductor’s punch cancel hole in the lower right hand corner. These envelopes were used for fares and were one of the first usages of such envelopes. In general, these transportation issuers are quite important compared to other issuers. This envelope also notes that “Stamps and Envelopes at the Office”; it is unknown if this meant the Post Office or their office. Evidence of prior mounting on the reverse and creased in the center.

Priced at: $4,500.00

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Reserve Silver Vault US Treasury Post Card

Reserve Silver Vault US Treasury Post Card

A postal unused post card from the very early years of the twentieth century showing a color photograph of the inside of a reserve silver vault. A postal unused post card from the very early years of the twentieth century showing a color photograph of the inside of a reserve silver vault. This card is slightly bowed with noticeable reverse creases and some pencil notation on the reverse. Made in Germany and published by A. C. Bosselman & Co., New York.

Priced at: $30.00

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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

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

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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