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(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

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

Priced at: $1,300.00

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1864 Feuchtwanger Eagle Three Cent PCGS MS64 (CAC) Eliasberg

1864 Feuchtwanger Eagle Three Cent PCGS MS64 (CAC) Eliasberg

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PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $15,000.00

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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 #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.

 

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) B.A. Fahnestock’s Plate

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) B.A. Fahnestock’s Plate

B.A. Fahnestock is known for one of the era’s pervasive cure-alls known as “B. A. Fahnestock’s Celebrated Vermifuge.” The bottom of the vignette states that it was designed and engraved by Rowdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, which by 1858 had merged with seven other companies to form the American Bank Note Company. The top of the vignette states that it was produced in 1849. This may have been made as part of a label for any number of products and the portrait in upper center is likely that of Fahnestock. The steel plate is approximately 8 x 6-1/4 inches with many roughed out markings on the reverse. It includes the original paper envelope with V42141 written in bold, red ink as well as other markings in pencil and red ink. An image of the plate as it might produce an image (not included in this sale) is shown at bottom.

 

Priced at: $460.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company Stock Certificate

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company Stock Certificate

The Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company was chartered in 1859 and grew steadily to over 12,000 miles of track within seven states in the 1970s. Following the sale of the railway to its employees in 1972 the term “Employee Owned” was added to its literature and logo. Union Pacific Railroad purchased the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company in 1995. This enormous steel plate measures approximately 11 x 6-1/2 inches, is a medium grey color and has several small indents (reminiscent of a ball peen hammer) in each corner. The reverse has many hatch marks and S58905 impressed in one corner. The plate is for common capital stock valued at $100 each. An image of the plate as it might produce an image (not included in this sale) is shown at bottom.

 

Priced at: $345.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Joseph Schlitz (1831-1875) Portrait Vignette

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Joseph Schlitz (1831-1875) Portrait Vignette

Joseph Schlitz, a German-American immigrant born in Germany, married the widow of the founder of the Krug Brewery and renamed it the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. He expanded the company’s profile and was lost at sea in 1875. This plate is approximately 3-1/2 x 3 inches and made of steel that is an even, light grey color. The reverse of the plate is essentially devoid of markings. Also included is the original paper envelope with V46 written in bold, red ink. The remainder of the identification number has been torn off the envelope. Written beneath this in black, cursive ink is Jos. Schlitz and No. 472. Included is a proof impression on white stock paper with copious pencil notes as well as a proof room index card from ABNCo that show Rice as the engraver and that the plate was approved in December, 1876 to be used for checks.

 

Priced at: $290.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) New England Bank Note Co. Title

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) New England Bank Note Co. Title

The New England Bank Note Company was formed in 1833 and joined forces with Rowdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson in 1847, having offices in New York, Boston, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Montreal before the combined firm merged with seven other like-minded firms in 1858 to form the American Bank Note Company. This particular plate is copper and approximately 7-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches with beveled edges and deeper edge color showing brighter central orange color. The reverse shows some tooling marks. Included is the original paper wrapper with an affixed paper imprint of the plate and 383 written in bold black or brown ink.

 

Priced at: $575.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) ONE Plate

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) ONE Plate

An unusual plate with the word ONE repeated 648-times in 24-columns of 27-repeats each. The copper plate is approximately 9-1/4 x 4 inches with violet and orange highlights throughout. The reverse is deeper in color with some grooves, but otherwise unmarked. The original paper envelope is included with a green impression affixed and the number 380 written boldly in black or brown ink.

 

Priced at: $325.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) The World in a Pocket Book Page

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) The World in a Pocket Book Page

The 1849 edition of this publication, which matches the date on the bottom of this plate, was essentially a world almanac and could be had in a hardcover edition of 203-pages and published by George S. Appleton. The title appears above an angel (Fame?) blowing trumpet with flags, globe and eagle amidst clouds. Below is the date along with Appleton’s name and address. The approximately 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inch steel plate has many fine hairlines and pre-dates the formation of the American Bank Note Company (1858). Included is the original paper envelope with notations and image affixed. The mark of JB Keim Philadelphia is on the reverse.

 

Priced at: $555.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) Portrait Vignette & Banquet Announcement

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) Portrait Vignette & Banquet Announcement

Highly polished, silvery PL-steel plate approximately 7-3/4 x 4-1/2 inches with reverse marked 1446 and also having many small markings on the reverse. The portrait is large, yet the announcement has many lines of text relating to Grant and his achievements. It announces the 69th birth anniversary to be held at Delmonico’s in New York City.

 

Priced at: $635.00

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Group of Oregon Trail Exonumia Featuring Large Bronze Plaque & Medal

Group of Oregon Trail Exonumia Featuring Large Bronze Plaque & Medal

The Oregon Trail commemorative is a favorite of many numismatists and this lot of material features a great deal of information associated with this coinage masterpiece produced by the husband and wife team of James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser.

Included is a sterling silver pin with bright blue enamel showing a Conestoga wagon, an Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition membership card from 1906, several vintage post cards and photos of Ezra Meeker, an Oregon Trail Memorial Associate medal awarded to Lewis B. Gawtry and an approximately 11-1/2 x 15 inch board with an approximately 9-1/2 inch bronze plaque firmly screwed to it.

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Shreve and Company Catalogue 1910-1911

Shreve and Company Catalogue 1910-1911

This Shreve and Company catalogue comes bound in a heavy paper cover that has embedded within it a dramatic copper plate with an approximate size of 1-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches. Shreve and Company is a luxury jeweler and silversmith entity that has been in San Francisco since 1854. Their building was one of the few to survive the earthquake of 1906. This catalogue might be considered the Sears catalogue of high end jewelers and silversmiths. It is a heavy book of approximately 225-pages with nearly every page featuring a large photograph (halftone plates) of a group of items for sale with prices listed on the bottom of each page. At the back of the book there is still the attached order form with the date of order listed as “191_”. The off-white cover has some light staining and some of the interior pages also have some light discoloration or staining. The pages are made of high quality material and are intentionally ragged cut on the edges.

 

Priced at: $1,200.00

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Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and capable. The winner of the competition would receive $1,000 and the committee to pick the winner would be composed of Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint along with the sculptors Sidney Waugh, Albert Stewart and Heinz Warneke. Two of the major requirements were that the models could not be signed and that any artist that would have liked to have had his or her models returned would have to pay for the return shipping. Additional detailed instructions as to the format and content were included in the announcement. Approximately 390-entries were submitted and, unfortunately, the great majority of those entries have not been found and/or connected to their artists. The winner of the competition was of course Felix Schlag, with Honorable Mention going to Henry Kreis. Kreis is better known to modern numismatists as the designer of the Connecticut and Bridgeport commemorative half dollars and the artist who engraved the obverse of the Robinson commemorative half dollar. Although Schlag won the competition, the final reverse design chosen to be placed into production bore little resemblance to his dramatic three-quarters view of Monticello.

The two plaster models included here are without signature marks of any type.  They are most likely a pair submitted at one time by a single artist as their patina and style look quite similar. The creamy, antique white obverse has IN GOD WE TRUST in front of the portrait, a widely spaced LIBERTY above and a closely spaced date set off-center below. There are some pencil marks that appear to be guidelines on the model as well as some tape on the edge, though the tape does not appear to have any function. The reverse is unmarked aside from some red, violet or pink ink that has long ago bled. The most dramatic feature readily visible, aside from the design, are a pair of holes drilled neatly through the model, each with an outer diameter of approximately 3/8 inch, perhaps for mounting on a wall. The likely mate for this obverse is a reverse that is strikingly similar to what was finally put into production later in 1938. It has many of the features we are familiar with on the first Jefferson nickels, but also has a pair of bold stars and the fine details of Monticello are in striking relief. Interestingly, the ink seen on the obverse mate is also seen on this piece in the field beneath E PLURIBUS UNUM as well as on the reverse. Additionally, myriad pencil markings are on the surfaces, generally along the edge and plain back, as well as a fairly large chip that has been lost from the rim above the A in AMERICA. This model also has holes drilled into it.

Each model is approximately 8-1/2 x ¾ inches.

 

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Unsigned Plaster Model for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

Unsigned Plaster Model for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and capable. The winner of the competition would receive $1,000 and the committee to pick the winner would be composed of Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint along with the sculptors Sidney Waugh, Albert Stewart and Heinz Warneke. Two of the major requirements were that the models could not be signed and that any artist that would have liked to have had his or her models returned would have to pay for the return shipping. Additional detailed instructions as to the format and content were included in the announcement. Approximately 390-entries were submitted and, unfortunately, the great majority of those entries have not been found and/or connected to their artists. The winner of the competition was of course Felix Schlag, with Honorable Mention going to Henry Kreis. Kreis is better known to modern numismatists as the designer of the Connecticut and Bridgeport commemorative half dollars and the artist who engraved the obverse of the Robinson commemorative half dollar. Although Schlag won the competition, the final reverse design chosen to be placed into production bore little resemblance to his dramatic three-quarters view of Monticello.

The plaster model included here is without signature marks of any type.  It is a snowy white obverse model with IN GOD WE TRUST behind Jefferson’s head, LIBERTY spaced widely directly above his portrait and spaced widely and centered beneath. The model has very visible, raised guidelines for the letters and numbers and some mild staining by TY of LIBERTY. The reverse and sides are essentially unmarked with a few chips noted near the base, which are not visible when looking directly at the plaster.

The model is approximately 8-1/2 x ¾ inches.

 

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