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Historic 1864 Boston Masonic Temple Half Dollar, Struck from Silver Recovered from the Winthrop House

Historic 1864 Boston Masonic Temple Half Dollar, Struck from Silver Recovered from the Winthrop House

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins. Based on the catalog description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Traditionally, the New York Americana Sale features important collections of American federally issued and colonial era coins, alongside a very strong selection of Numismatic Americana (what used to be called “Exonumia”) -- a catch all for medals, tokens, and similar numismatic items that do not fit into a Guide Book of United States Coins (or Red Book) category. This diversity of offerings has made the Americana Sale a focal point on our auction calendar every year. 
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A Magnificent 1863 Marksmanship Award Medal Awarded to N.B. Irwin of the Famous “Ellsworth’s Zouaves,” Part of the Highland Collection, a Highlight of the 2015 New York Americana Sale

A Magnificent 1863 Marksmanship Award Medal Awarded to N.B. Irwin of the Famous “Ellsworth’s Zouaves,” Part of the Highland Collection, a Highlight of the 2015 New York Americana Sale

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

Starting with the first Americana Sale in January 1998, important “exonumia” has been a focal point in these auction events. Our 2015 Americana sale is no different, with important consignments of medals and tokens taking center stage. Recently we presented a Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal and this week, we highlight an important piece of Civil War numismatic Americana. 

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An “Old Friend” 1879-CC $10 will be Offered in the 2015 New York Americana Sale.

An “Old Friend” 1879-CC $10 will be Offered in the 2015 New York Americana Sale.

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

In the numismatic auction world, there is no greater thrill than having “old friends” return home. This week’s highlight for the 2015 New York Americana Sale is an 1879-CC gold eagle, which we last offered as lot 734 in our February 1979 sale of the Ellis Robison Collection of United States Gold Coins. The Robison Collection was a classic Stack’s sale of the era, featuring one of the most extensive collections of U.S. gold coins to be offered at auction. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Exceptional Gem Cameo Proof 1907 Liberty Double Eagle To Highlight Our Upcoming February 2015 New York Americana Sale

Exceptional Gem Cameo Proof 1907 Liberty Double Eagle To Highlight Our Upcoming February 2015 New York Americana Sale

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

Just 78 Proofs of the final year of Longacre’s Liberty double eagle design were produced, and few of the survivors from that production run can equal the amazing specimen we offer in our upcoming Americana Sale, to be held in New York City in February 2015 – just a few weeks away! 

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Stephen Winthrop Collection 1799 Dollar Highlights Our Upcoming February 2015 Americana Sale  PCGS Choice MS-64, Ex Bolender, Ostheimer

Stephen Winthrop Collection 1799 Dollar Highlights Our Upcoming February 2015 Americana Sale PCGS Choice MS-64, Ex Bolender, Ostheimer

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

This writer, Frank Van Valen, remembers when Draped Bust dollars and colonial coins in general led the stampede into what would become the greatest bull market in numismatic memory, a strong market that has slipped slightly on occasion, but one that remains strong today for rare and Condition Census U.S. coins. 
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Impressive Deep Cameo Gem Proof 1899 Quarter Eagle One of Many Bright Stars Appearing in Our Upcoming February 2015 New York City Americana Sale

Impressive Deep Cameo Gem Proof 1899 Quarter Eagle One of Many Bright Stars Appearing in Our Upcoming February 2015 New York City Americana Sale

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

Our upcoming Americana Sale will be held in New York City in February 2015 – right around the corner in numismatic terms. One of the highlights in the annual public auction sale is a splendid PCGS-certified Gem Deep Cameo Proof 1899 quarter eagle. Graded Proof-66 with the Deep Cameo designation, this beautiful quarter eagle is among the dozen finest Deep Cameo Proofs of the date seen by PCGS. 
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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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