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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.

 

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(ND) GM Roller Dies Copper Pollock-4060 PCGS MS64RB

(ND) GM Roller Dies Copper Pollock-4060 PCGS MS64RB

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $875.00

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1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-20 Copper PCGS Genuine AU Details

1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-20 Copper PCGS Genuine AU Details

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PCGS Population: – Higher: –
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,700.00

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1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-20 Copper PCGS SP40

1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-20 Copper PCGS SP40

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

Priced at: $2,500.00

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1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-21 Bronzed Copper PCGS SP64

1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-21 Bronzed Copper PCGS SP64

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: –
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,575.00

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1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-21 Bronzed Copper PCGS SP64

1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-21 Bronzed Copper PCGS SP64

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: –
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,575.00

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1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-21 Copper PCGS Genuine EF Details

1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medal J-MT-21 Copper PCGS Genuine EF Details

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PCGS Population: – Higher: –
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $500.00

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1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medals PCGS Certified Feb 22 & Mar 23 1836 Original Two-Piece Set

1836 First Steam Coinage Mint Medals PCGS Certified Feb 22 & Mar 23 1836 Original Two-Piece Set

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PCGS Cert #29503880 & 29503881

PCGS Population: – Higher: –
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $5,000.00 for Two-Piece Set

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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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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.

 

Priced at: $7,500.00

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AMERICAN RAILWAY EXPRESS COMPANY SHIPPING TAG

AMERICAN RAILWAY EXPRESS COMPANY SHIPPING TAG

An original, unused, tag from the American Smelters Securities Co., to the Superintendent. UNITED STATES MINT SAN FRANCISCO, via the American Railway Express Company. No doubt used to ship massive ingots of gold and silver to the U.S. Mint in San Francisco to be used in coinage.

Scarce and unusual, the first we have seen. A great “go-with” for any collector of San Francisco coins.
PCGS / NGC Population: not available

Priced at: $475.00

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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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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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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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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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Reserve Silver Valut US Treasury Post Card

Reserve Silver Valut 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. This card is flat with a small crease visible primarily on the bottom of the reverse. Made in Germany and published by A. C. Bosselman & Co., New York.

Priced at: $30.00

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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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Scoville Military Buttons

Scoville Military Buttons

The Scoville Company was founded in 1802 in Waterbury Connecticut and is still in existence today. I did try to contact the company to determine the years these buttons were made, but as yet, have not heard. Looking at the design of the eagle, which is the design from the Capped Bust Half dime minted from 1829 to 1837, one can surmise Pre-Civil War. Below is a bit of Scoville History that I was able to pull off their website:
1802
Scovill was founded in 1802 in Waterbury, CT, when the United States was only 26 years old. The company has survived through peace and war, depression and prosperity. Now on the verge of our third century in business, Scovill is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and light industrial fasteners.

1825
Scovill’s buttons have adorned many U.S. military uniforms since the war of 1812, but among the most famous pieces produced by Scovill is a set of closures made for General Marquis de LaFayette and presented to him when he visited the U.S. in 1825. These 17 closures featured the head of George Washington and were acclaimed as masterpieces of their time. They were made of solid gold which was obtained from a single nugget unearthed in North Carolina.

Priced at: $1,500.00

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Notes on Our Next Show

Whitman Coin Expo

March 26-29, 2015
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 Expo
March 26-29, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

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

GSNA Convention
May 14-16, 2015
Ukrainian Cultural Center
Somerset, NJ

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

Whitman Coin Expo
July 16-19, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Missouri Numismatic Society 55th Annual Coin Show
July 23-25, 2015
The Saint Charles Convention Center
Saint Charles, MO

American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money
August 11-15, 2015
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

Whitman Coin Expo
November 5-8, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

The 59th Houston Money Show
December 3-5, 2015
Geo. R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX