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Amazing 15-Piece Gold Lincoln Medallic Set With Unique Gold Lincoln Indian Peace Medal A Major Highlight in Our February 2015 Americana Sale

Amazing 15-Piece Gold Lincoln Medallic Set With Unique Gold Lincoln Indian Peace Medal A Major Highlight in Our February 2015 Americana Sale

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the lot description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Ex Clarke, Stack, Eliasberg

An amazing – not many other superlatives fit – 15-piece boxed “set” of Lincoln medals and medalets, all in gold, will be a focal point in our upcoming February 2015 New York City Americana Sale. Originally sold by us in September-October 2010 as individual lots in our Philadelphia Americana Sale, this set was owned at various times by Judson Brenner, Henry Chapman, T. James Clarke, and the Stack family. Then it went on to become part of the famous Eliasberg Collection, where it remained from 1945 until our sale of the group in 2010. 

Beautiful and Choice Mint State 1915-S Octagonal Panama-Pacific $50 “Slug” A Highlight in Our Upcoming February 2015 Americana Sale

Beautiful and Choice Mint State 1915-S Octagonal Panama-Pacific $50 “Slug” A Highlight in Our Upcoming February 2015 Americana Sale

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

A 1915-S Panama-Pacific octagonal $50 gold piece -- deemed by some to be the most beautiful design in the long line of commemorative coinage that began in 1892 -- will be a focal point of bidding activity and an anchor to our exciting February 2015 Americana Sale to be held in New York City. This beauty is from the Stephen Winthrop Collection, one of several collections highlighted in the sale catalog. 
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Amazing 1787 Connecticut Copper Realizes Over $50,000 In Our November 2014 Baltimore Sale

Amazing 1787 Connecticut Copper Realizes Over $50,000 In Our November 2014 Baltimore Sale

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

A recently discovered example of a rare 1787 Connecticut copper variety caused heads to turn in our 2014 C-4 (Colonial Coin Collectors Club) portion of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo when it realized $52,875. Lot 6164, an example of Miller 36-k.3, is a Rarity-7 variety, at the peak of desirability among collectors. 
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Newly Discovered Magnificent and Rare Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal in Silver, Presented in 1890 to Buffalo Meat will Make its Auction Debut in the Stack’s Bowers 2015 New York Americana Sale

Newly Discovered Magnificent and Rare Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal in Silver, Presented in 1890 to Buffalo Meat will Make its Auction Debut in the Stack’s Bowers 2015 New York Americana Sale

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins based on the expert description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Undated (Circa 1890-1893) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal. The Only Size. Silver. 76.7 mm, 3.75 to 4.05 mm thick. 3,463.7 grains. Obverse Signed C.E. BARBER F. Julian IP-48. Choice Very Fine. Lovely light silver gray with scattered minor scrapes and marks consistent with awarded Peace medals, but free of the more serious marks seen on many pieces. Rather well preserved overall, and very pleasing. 
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Superb Gem Mint State 1869/8 Silver Three Cent

Superb Gem Mint State 1869/8 Silver Three Cent

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production

The tiny three-cent silver coins, struck from 1851 to 1873 are among the most curious of the regular issue U.S. federal type coins. The design by James Longacre is unusual in that it features a six-pointed star on the obverse, and a large, jeweled C with the Roman numeral III inside marking the denomination on the reverse. This series has some interesting die varieties, including this so-called 1869/8 overdate. Some researchers believe after reviewing many of the coins described as the 9/8, that this is not a true overdate, but really a repunched 9. Either way, this appealing MS-67 superb gem, certified by PCGS and housed in a first generation holder, is the only circulation strike example certified as an overdate variety, and is among the finest graded for the date.
Author: Greg Cohen
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Extremely Rare Silver Columbian Expo So-Called Dollar Highlights a Very Impressive Offering in Baltimore

Extremely Rare Silver Columbian Expo So-Called Dollar Highlights a Very Impressive Offering in Baltimore

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins; Based on the Catalog Description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo is full of specialized collections, and we are pleased to present one of the most diverse offering of “so-called dollars” to cross the auction block in some time. So-called dollars are generally silver dollar sized commemorative medals that were struck both by private firms and interests, as well as at the U.S. Mint. 
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Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week’s highlight from our Rarities Night Session of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a lovely 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50. Always popular and fascinating for numismatists, these “slugs” or ingots are impressive in both size and heft (weighing nearly 2.5 ounces), and are a tangible link to this historically important era. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Very Rare Mint State 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Cent

Very Rare Mint State 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Cent

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

The 1969-S Doubled Die cent is one of the classic modern U.S. Mint rarities, indeed among the rarest of all 20th century U.S. coins. It created huge waves in the numismatic marketplace, when in 1970, two examples were discovered independently of each other by Cecil Moorhouse and Bill Hudson and were reported on the cover of the July 8, 1970 Coin World.
Author: Greg Cohen
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