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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: MARCH 12, 2017

The E-Sylum (3/12/2017)


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Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

Ancient Greece - Mysia - Parium - Hemidrachme

Ancient Greece - Mysia - Parium - Hemidrachme obverse Ancient Greece - Mysia - Parium - Hemidrachme reverse

Diameter: 13 mm Weight: 2.25 g. Metal: silver. Specimen on an irregular oval flan, well-centred on both sides. Old collection patina with golden reflections.

Obverse: Bull standing on the left on a highlighted line, turning its head to the right. PA/RI. Reverse: Gorgon full face head, stylised hair, open mouth with tongue hanging out.

Type: rare R1.
Cf: SNG von Aulock 1319; BMC.14 ; SNG.Cop.257v.

Archaic style.
The coinage of Parium (Parion) began in the fifth century BC. A century later, we have significant number of issues of hemidrachms with the bull on the right and the Gorgon's head on the reverse side associated with many currency symbols.

That's a face only a mother could love. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
13. Ancient Greece - Mysia - Parium - Hemidrachme AR (c. 350-300 BC) (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10660071-ancient-greece-mysia-parium-hemidrachme-ar-c-350-300-bc)

1885 ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS ARMITAGE MEDAL

1885 ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS ARMITAGE MEDAL obverse 1885 ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS ARMITAGE MEDAL reverse

inscribed ‘W.M. Henry Margetson, for design in monochrome for a figure picture’ 10th December 1885, in case

This is a very plain medal, and maybe that's what interested me. It's different in its plainness. I've learned that the bust of Victoria is by William Wyon, but i haven't been able to discover the meaning of the name of the medal. Was is named ater a person named Armitage? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
303. A 1885 ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS ARMITAGE BRONZE MEDAL (www.mallams.co.uk/product/303-a-1885-royal-academy-of-arts-armitage-bronze-medal/)

1887 Victoria Golden Jubilee Medal

1887 Victoria Golden Jubilee Medal

VICTORIA. GOLDEN JUBILEE MEDAL, 1887. Struck in AR, by M. Rhodes and Sons. Obv: Crowned, veiled and draped bust left. Rev: Inscription within wreath "BOROUGH OF BRADFORD / JUBILEE FESTIVITIES / PRESENTED / TO / Councillor John Rhodes. / BY / ANGUS HOLDEN / MAYOR". In original red velvet box, with newspaper cutting "JUBILEE MEMENTO". 76.9g, 58mm dia. AEF.

Here's another Victoria medal that's much more ornate. Beautiful silver piece. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
VICTORIA. GOLDEN JUBILEE MEDAL, 1887. Struck in AR, (www.dukes-auctions.com/auctions/86/lot/476/VICTORIA.
+GOLDEN+JUBILEE+MEDAL%2C+1887.+Struck+in+AR%2C)

Mozart Medal By Franz Stiasny

Mozart Medal By Franz Stiasny Mozart Medal By Franz Stiasny side view

Bronze medal MOZART in beautiful condition - maker Franz Stiasny - 1881-1941 Austria.

I like the high relief on this piece. See the auction site for larger images. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
88. Bronze medal Mozart - maker Franz Stiasny 1881- 1941 (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10510943-bronze-medal-mozart-maker-franz-stiasny-1881-1941)

1938 German Sudetenland Medal

1938 German Sudetenland Medal obverse 1938 German Sudetenland Medal reverse

This is a very nice German WW2 Medal:

2nd Medal zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 ", issued in connection with the annexation of the Sudetenland to all German soldiers who were involved in this operation in 1938.

The medal is granted retroactive to halfway the second world war.

Very nice worn condition, on the original Ribbon with hand pin,

Pictures have been photo-shopped. The green dots are not real of course.

Offered from a historical point of view for study purposes to (hobby) historians and/or museums.

To read the complete lot description, see:
141. German WW2 Medal zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938. (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10597037-german-ww2-medal-zur-erinnerung-an-den-1-oktober-1938)

I didn't know what I was looking at first - it seemed like some sort of modern bimetallic art medal. When I read the description I was further confused. "The green dots are not real of course."

Huh? Of course why? Then I thought of what the dots could be hiding, and it finally came to me - swastikas. The Germans are so sensitive about their Nazi past that the symbol adopted by the Nazi party has been banned. Added to the lot description was this disclaimer:

"The objects comprising this lot are meant exclusively for collectors of military-historical objects. The owner of this website does not have any political and/or other motives than providing a platform that allows third parties to buy or sell auction lots, and assumes no responsibility for their contents."

I looked online and found this image of one of the medals. -Editor

Sudetenland_Medal

To read the complete lot description, see:
Sudetenland Medal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudetenland_Medal)

1952 Switzerland Schwyzer Kontanal Schutzenfest Medal

1952 Switzerland Schwyzer Kontanal Schutzenfest Medal obverse 1952 Switzerland Schwyzer Kontanal Schutzenfest Medal reverse

Switzerland. Silver Medal 1952 by Hans Frei Kussnacht Schwyzer Kontanal Schutzenfest. Silver, 42 mm, 29.84 gr. R1110b.

A "Schutzenfest" is a Shooting festival - this is another in a long line of Swiss shooting festival medals. I like the archer on the obverse. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
80. Switzerland - Silver Medal 1952 by Hans Frei Kussnacht Schwyzer Kontanal Schutzenfest (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10582137-switzerland-silver-medal-1952-by-hans-frei-kussnacht-schwyzer-kontanal-schutzenfest)

1917 India India 2 Rupees 8 Annas Banknote

1917 India India 2 Rupees 8 Annas Banknote

India
Government Of India
1917 Pick 2
2 Rupees 8 Annas

A plain note, but I don't recall seeing this design before. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
39. India - 2 Rupees 8 Annas 1917 - Issued - Pick 2 - Very Rare (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10607673-india-2-rupees-8-annas-1917-issued-pick-2-very-rare)

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