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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JANUARY 22, 2017

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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JANUARY 22, 2017

I've been groping for a name for this segment where I highlight things that have caught my eye while roaming the marketplace for interesting items. "Coins, Medals, Tokens, Banknotes, Scrip, Etc. Etc." makes for too long a headline. So how about Numismatic Nuggets? -Editor

1779 Continental Loan Office Bill of Exchange

1779 Continental Loan Office Bill of Exchange

Description: Hopkinson Francis 1737 - 1790 Pristine Continental Loan Office Third Bill of Exchange signed by Signer of the Declaration of Independence Francis Hopkinson, William Bingham and John Benezet

Partly Printed Document Signed "F. Hopkinson" as Treasurer of Loans, 1 page, 8.25" x 3.5". United States of America, March 2, 1779. Third Bill of Exchange. Watermarked "UNITED STATES 3" across the center. Countersigned "Tho: Smith" as Commissioner of the Continental Loan-Office in the State of Pennsylvania. Completed in manuscript. To the Commissioner or Commissioners of the United States of America, at Paris. Lightweight watermarked laid paper. Endorsed on verso "Andrew Yeatman."

Also, one signed endorsement in English by Bingham and one in French by Benezet on verso, with show-through in center of the Bill of Exchange not near superb Hopkinson signature. Fine condition.

"Exch. for 60 Dollars, at five Livres Tournois p Dollars Numb. 357 - At Thirty Days Sight of this Third Bill, First, Second and Fourth not paid, pay to Andrew Yeatman or Order, Sixty Dollars, in Three Hundred Livres Tournois, for Interest due on Money borrowed by the United States..."

March, 1st, 1779-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "F. Hopkinson" as Continental Congress Treasurer of Loans, Third Bill of Exchange $60 Sight Draft, printed in Violet, Green and Black, Very Choice Crisp About Uncirculated. This bright, clean and fresh Continental Treasury form being beautifully printed upon watermarked "UNITED STATES 3" fine quality laid period paper. It is made to "Andrew Yeatman" on interest due on Money borrowed by the United States.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 96: Continental Loan Office 3rd Bill of Exchange signed by Francis Hopkinson (http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/continental-loan-office-3rd-bill-of-exchange-sign-96-c-8a64c59b31)

1806 Matthew Boulton Letter to William Pearce

1806 Matthew Boulton Letter to William Pearce Boulton (Matthew, manufacturer and entrepreneur, 1728-1809) Letter signed to William Pearce, Admiralty Office, 2pp., sm. 4to, Soho [Birmingham], 14th December 1806, asking him to replace a "beautiful poem" he had sent last summer and has now mislaid, and also thanking him for his gifts including a silver medal of the Queen of Naples, "a kind of honorary remembrancer of your Brother," and apologising for not having replied sooner, "but for the last fortnight I have been so extremely ill, & am still labouring under such acute pains that I can neither write myself nor hardly collect my thoughts...," and sending "two medals of Lord Nelson", folds, window mounted; and 19 other letters, including: Shute Barrington, Bishop of Durham; Earl of Egremont; John Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury to Isaac Heard, Garter King of Arms, sm. 4to & 8vo (20).

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 166 Boulton (Matthew) Letter signed to William Pearce, (www.forumauctions.co.uk/29414/Matthew-Boulton.-Letter-signed-sm.-4to-14th-December-1806?view=lot_detail)

1850s Advance Australia Penny Token

1850s Advance Australia Penny Token obverse 1850s Advance Australia Penny Token reverse

An interesting circulated piece. World tokens are an endless source of fascination, and Australia has some great ones. Where else would you see this pairing of wildlife? I don't recall seeing this one before. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
AUSTRALIA, PENNY, 1850, EF(40-45), COPPER, KM:TN282.1 (www.numiscorner.com/products/australia-penny-1850-ef40-45-copper-km-tn282-1)

Ireland Castlecomer Crown

Ireland Castlecomer Crown obverse Ireland Castlecomer Crown reverse

Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Castlecomer Crown. DF 628, 26.54 g. A Mexican silver Charles III 8 reales crown, 1796 FM, Mexico City mint, counter marked on the obverse, PAYABLE AT CASTLE COMER COLLIERY around 5S 5d. Issued by the Dowager Countess Anne of Ormonde in Castle Comer, a village in southern Ireland, located 11 miles north of Kilkenny, between about 1804 and 1810 to provide a standard Irish equivalent of 5 shillings and 5 pence for the English 5 shillings sterling in the local coal trade. Of the 14 well known genuine pieces cataloged by B.A. Seaby, Castlecomer Tokens: An Inquiry in BNJ 1965 and Harrington E. Manville, Tokens of the Industrial Revolution, most are in museums and permanent collections. Very Fine with excellent patina and mark free. Counter mark well defined and deeply struck causing the coin to be a bit concave. The only known Castlecomer counter marked crown with the date 1796. With Spink, Seaby and other tickets. Very Rare.

Very interesting piece. Sometimes I feel I must be the dumbest numismatist on the planet, because I keep coming across new items I wasn't aware of, yet have been known to the community for ages. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Ireland, Co. Kilkenny, Castlecomer Crown (http://www.irishcoins.com/?id=5398)

'Kentucky' Token

Kentucky token obverse Kentucky token reverse

USA, 'Kentucky' Copper Token, no date (minted in England circa 1792-94); obv. 'UNANIMITY IS THE STRENGTH OF SOCIETY' around a hand holding a scroll inscribed 'OUR CAUSE IS JUST;' rev. E PLURIBUS UNUM around rays emanating from a pyramid of 15 stars, each star bearing the initial of one of the then 15 states of the United States, the top star inscribed with 'K' representing Kentucky's admission as the 15th state in 1792; edge 'PAYABLE IN LANCASTER LONDON OR BRISTOL' minor surface marks, a few rim imperfections; Fine/AVF

To read the complete lot description, see:
Item Lot Number: 259 USA, 'Kentucky' Copper Token (www.tennants.co.uk/Catalogue/Lots/365404.aspx)

1736 Jernegan's Lottery Medal

736 Jernegan's Lottery Medal obverse 736 Jernegan's Lottery Medal reverse

Silver Medal 'Jernegan's Lottery 1736' by J Tanner; obv. 'BOTH HANDS FILL'D FOR BRITAIN' around helmeted figure of Minerva standing between military trophies & emblems of the Arts & Sciences, 'GEORGE REIGNING' in ex., rev. 'GROWING ARTS ADORN EMPIRE' above crowned standing figure of Queen Caroline watering a grove of palm trees, 'CAROLINE PROTECTING 1736' in ex., 39mm; a few carbon spots o/wise generally good edge & surfaces, toned with underlying lustre, AEF - See more at: http://www.tennants.co.uk/Catalogue/Lots/365406.aspx#sthash.2nkMjtq2.dpuf

Nice medal, but I don't understand the 'lottery' connection. Can anyone enlighten me? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Item Lot Number: 261 Silver Medal 'Jernegan's Lottery 1736' (www.tennants.co.uk/Catalogue/Lots/365406.aspx)

1963 Kennedy Noble Servant Medal

1963 Kennedy Noble Servant medal obverse 1963 Kennedy Noble Servant medal reverse

I've never actively collected Kennedy or other Presidential medals, but I don't recall having seen this one before. The artist signature seems to be "Pol Dom" - see the closeup on the web page. Am I reading that right? Who is the artist, and where was this made? Was it created before or after Kennedy's assassination? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
UNITED STATES, MEDAL, KENNEDY, A NOBLE SERVANT OF PEACE, HISTORY, 1963 (www.numiscorner.com/products/united-states-medal-kennedy-a-noble-servant-of-peace-history-1963)

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