The items featured below, and also on our home page, are a cross section of Numismatic Americana’s inventory.  Diverse and one of a kind, these items were picked for their history, their contribution to America’s monetary system, and overall eye-appeal.  Look them over and give us a call to discuss items of interest.

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1783 Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays, Small US PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

1783 Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays, Small US PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

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

Priced at: $28,500.00

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1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

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

Priced at: $33,500.00

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Cuba 1897 S Peso Star Above PCGS MS67

Cuba 1897 S Peso Star Above PCGS MS67

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

Priced at:  $14,500.00

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1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

Priced at: $157,500.00

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1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 7 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

Priced at: $47,500.00

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Cleveland 1936 16th Coin Struck with Notarized Card & Treasurer Melish Letter PCGS MS66 (CAC)

Cleveland 1936 16th Coin Struck with Notarized Card & Treasurer Melish Letter PCGS MS66 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 662 Higher: 66
CAC Population/Higher: 151/36

Priced at: $8,500.00

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Columbian 1892 PCGS MS67 (CAC)

Columbian 1892 PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 25 Higher: 5
CAC Population/Higher: 28/0

Priced at: $15,000.00

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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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Louisiana Purchase Jefferson 1903 G$1 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

Louisiana Purchase Jefferson 1903 G$1 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

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PCGS Cert #25026667cac

PCGS Population: 6 Higher: 80
CAC Population/Higher: 110/37

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John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan Gold Rush photo

John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan Gold Rush photo

John Martin Blankenberg Alaskan Gold Rush photo; professional panoramic image of the Eldorado works near Fairbanks. 4 1/4″ x 113/4″ Signed and stamped on back ( John Blankenberg, Photographer, Haines Alaska)

John Martin Blankenberg was born in Tragdor, Norway, October 24, 1860. He came to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and worked as a photographer in Dawson, Haines, and possibly other locations. Little is known of his personal life. He was married at one time and spent the latter part of his life in Tenakee, Alaska, which is where he died, August 19, 1939. He is best known for his photos of Haines, Lake Bennett, and Lake Lindeman, the Chilkat Indians, and activities on the Chilkoot Pass. Taken from the Alaska State Library
Priced at: $250.00

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