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Rare Money Blog

By Ben Orooji, Senior Numismatist

Though our March Baltimore 2020 Auction is three months away, consignments have been rolling in for this popular and exciting event. One of the highlights received thus far is an exceptionally rare so-called dollar, the famous Erie Canal Completion medal struck in gold.

By Ben Orooji, Senior Numismatist

​When the E. Horatio Morgan Collection arrived in our offices we knew we were looking at a special group of coins. The collection comprised of a variety of types including rarities such as the 1894-S dime, 1876-CC twenty-cent piece, over 100 pattern coins and other select coins like the 1793 Chain cent, 1856 Flying Eagle cent, 1796 quarter, 1839 Gobrecht dollar and a Proof 1895 dollar.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Our November 2019 Baltimore Auction offers a parade of rare die varieties across nearly every series of United States coinage. Among the most remarkable is an 1806 Browning-8 quarter featured in lot 13319 that carries a Rarity-6 rating.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important offering for type collectors and specialists.​​

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

​Ferdinand Foch, a French general and military strategist, served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the later part of World War I, ultimately guiding the allies to victory in their defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918. As a result of his crucial role in this global conflict, Foch would later be the recipient of numerous awards, decorations, and honors from various Allied governments.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our November 2019 Baltimore Auction offers a nearly unprecedented selection of rarities from the Numismatic Americana series. Among the more significant offerings in this group is a one of the earliest gold Life Saving medals struck by the United States Mint. Measuring 67 mm in diameter and weighing in at over 7 troy ounces, it is remarkably impressive and sure to attract advanced specialists in this series.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Our November 2019 Baltimore Auction offers an incredible parade of treasures for specialists in Numismatic Americana, among which is a pair of rare field worn Indian Peace Medals of particularly desirable types. Included is a 1798 Washington Seasons Medal in silver and a 1799 Draped Bust dollar, both holed for suspension, as distributed by Lewis and Clark circa 1804. These two Indian Peace Medals are invaluable historic artifacts of virtually equal significance. The lifecycle of one is somewhat conventional and as intended, while the other was employed in a fashion that its creators would never have envisioned. Individually they are significant, but as a pair they testify to the narrative of our earliest efforts in diplomacy with the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​United States Presidential Inaugural medals been official issued since William McKinley's took the oath of office in 1901. For the past 118 years these medals have marked the change of administrations, and can conjure nostalgia or bitterness depending on the events of the four years in-between. Among the rarest issues from this series are those from the 1921 inauguration of Warren G. Harding.  Just two were struck in gold and fewer than 10 each are known in silver and bronze.

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