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The John Adams Bolen Medals & Stuck Copies

John Adams Bolen was a die sinker, a jewelry repair man, a sewing machine salesman, a subscription book salesman an engraver and a shop owner, among other things. He is best known to modern numismatists, however, for his prolific, eighteenth century production of medals and store cards. Bolen began his career in the 1840s in the New York-New Jersey area making jewelry and cutting likenesses for James Rumrill of Peckham and Rumrill. He later followed Rumrill to Springfield, MA in the early 1850s and remained there for the rest of his life.

Sometime between late 1860 and early 1861, Bolen was approached about producing a medal for the Pioneer Baseball Club of Springfield, MA. This would be Bolen’s first medal and would later be known as JAB-1. Following the Civil War, Bolen returned to making medals as well as a small number of struck copies of rare US (colonial) issues. From late 1865 through 1869 he would cut 36-dies and issue 23-medals, which began to appear in auctions and were noticed throughout the numismatic community. Following 1869, the issuance of medals stopped until the Masonic Temple Dedication medal of 1874, with only sporadic medals produced thereafter and generally tied to the subject of local Masonic events.

Vexing to Bolen and later numismatists were his 1862-1869 production of struck copies for rare US-related issues including the Bar Cent and Higley Copper pieces, among others, at least some of which had small changes incorporated into the designs perhaps as a signature or copy mark. Bolen was well known in numismatic circles and was a member of numismatic societies and he offered his struck copies as copies instead of as legitimate historical issues. Both Lyman Low and Henry Chapman were outspoken critics of struck copies, electrotypes and other forms of duplication and they referred to Bolen’s work with struck copies as counterfeits. Historically, this label appears to have stuck with Bolen to a degree and it may be debated as to how accurate it truly is.

Collecting Bolen’s works has been an active niche in numismatics at least since the 1860s and at some point after the production of the first medals it was realized by both Bolen and others that a catalogue of issues could be quite useful to the industry.  During his lifetime there were five different lists of medallic work produced with the first of these appearing in 1866 and the fourth in 1882. It would not be until 1905 that the fifth work, which is also the only work that was published under Bolen’s name, would be produced. Importantly, none of the five lists is complete or accurate. It appears that real-time records of medal production were not kept by Bolen and that subsequent issues of lists relied upon Bolen notes or his recollections. Bolen also kept his own reference collection, but again it appears as though this reference collection was started well after medal production was started as it was incomplete. The pieces in this reference collection had a small B struck on the side of the medal along with a notation of the metal and a mintage number, which may very well have been a best-guess number. This reference collection was sold to the ANS in 1948.

A frustrating aspect of Bolen regarding his work is that he sold many of the dies he prepared to strike his medals. A total of 34-dies were sold and many of these were later used by their new owners to strike mules. Not all these dies have been accounted for. To complicate matters further, Bolen himself produced 15-mules. This makes collecting and organizing Bolen’s medals a difficult task, but also allows terrific flexibility into what might or might not be included in any individual collection. The dies were sold in three groups to George B. Mason, John W. Kline and A. Ramsey McCoy. Mason later sold or traded his purchased dies to Dr. Frank Smith Edwards and both parties made various mule combinations and these are known as the Mason/Edwards (M/E) mules. The group of dies sold to Kline that were used to produce mules have been catalogued as the Kline mules (K). Those dies sold to McCoy had their mules marketed by W. Elliot Woodward and are the (W) mules.

The numbering system for Bolen’s medals and struck copies largely follows the listing of medals in Bolen’s 1905 work and lists as, for example, JAB-12. Mules produced by Bolen incorporate an M and would be listed as JAB-M-12. Those mules produced by other parties would contain their designation (M/E, K or W) as well. The definitive reference work on Bolen’s career is The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen and was written by Neil E. Musante and published in 2002. It is from this definitive work that the great majority of the information in this article was extracted. TB

(1796) Castorland Cu PE Paris Restrike with B. Max Mehl Flip PCGS

(1796) Castorland Cu PE Paris Restrike with B. Max Mehl Flip PCGS

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PCGS Cert #28750711

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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(1850-1860) General of the American Armies Baker-76B Bronze PCGS MS64BN Norweb

(1850-1860) General of the American Armies Baker-76B Bronze PCGS MS64BN Norweb

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
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(1850s) New York NY M-NY-402 Professor Johnson NGC MS65

(1850s) New York NY M-NY-402 Professor Johnson NGC MS65

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NGC Cert #454546-004

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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(1850s) Philadelphia PA M-PA-476 Sleeper & Fenner NGC MS66

(1850s) Philadelphia PA M-PA-476 Sleeper & Fenner NGC MS66

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NGC Cert #3385766-004

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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(1862) Bolen Medal-Arsenal Medal without Sun JAB-4 Copper PCGS MS62BN

(1862) Bolen Medal-Arsenal Medal without Sun JAB-4 Copper PCGS MS62BN

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(1862) Bolen Medal-Extremes of Party Spirit JAB-6 Brass PCGS MS64

(1862) Bolen Medal-Extremes of Party Spirit JAB-6 Brass PCGS MS64

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
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(1862) Medal PR-29 Washington-Jackson Silver PCGS PR62

(1862) Medal PR-29 Washington-Jackson Silver PCGS PR62

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PCGS Cert #25362325

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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(1863) B-14 Cu Robinson Fantasy NGC MS64BN

(1863) B-14 Cu Robinson Fantasy NGC MS64BN

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NGC Cert #3192916-001

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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(1867) Bolen Medal-Lincoln Emancipation JAB-28 Copper PCGS MS63BN

(1867) Bolen Medal-Lincoln Emancipation JAB-28 Copper PCGS MS63BN

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
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(1868) Bolen Medal-Grant Our Next President JAB-32 Copper PCGS MS64BN

(1868) Bolen Medal-Grant Our Next President JAB-32 Copper PCGS MS64BN

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(1893) Bolen Medal-Masonic Temple JAB-41 Aluminum PCGS MS62+

(1893) Bolen Medal-Masonic Temple JAB-41 Aluminum PCGS MS62+

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(1912) Thomas Elder-Wilson Said of Bryan DeLorey-67 Aluminum PCGS MS63

(1912) Thomas Elder-Wilson Said of Bryan DeLorey-67 Aluminum PCGS MS63

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
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(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

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

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1774 Great Britain George III Halfpenny PCGS AU55

1774 Great Britain George III Halfpenny PCGS AU55

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
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1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar Curl Base 2 No Knob PCGS AU58 (CAC)

1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar Curl Base 2 No Knob PCGS AU58 (CAC)

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1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar Square Base 2, Small 8 Large Letters PCGS AU58 (CAC)

1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar Square Base 2, Small 8 Large Letters PCGS AU58 (CAC)

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1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS65 (CAC)

1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS65 (CAC)

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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: -/-

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1837 Liberty-Not One Cent HT-48 Copper PCGS MS64BN

1837 Liberty-Not One Cent HT-48 Copper PCGS MS64BN

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Numismatic Americana Incorporated
P.O. Box 608
Chester, NJ 07930

William Shamhart, Jr.
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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.

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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