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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: APRIL 16, 2017

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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: APRIL 16, 2017

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

1537 Silver Medal of Karl V

1537 Silver Medal of Karl V obverse 1537 Silver Medal of Karl V reverse

Medal
dated 1537
silver; Karl V. after Hans Reinhart t. E., emblem on the reverse; inscribed; dm. 6.3 cm

Provenance
private collection, Austria

Literature
cf. Hill/Pollard 1967, cat.-no. 606

Some amazing, intricate engraving on this piece. Wow. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 0208 - Online catalogue - Antiques, Tue, 25 April 2017, 3 PM (www.imkinsky.com/en/buying/online-catalogue/117/assortment/67838/)

1696 Netherlands Neptune Sea Chariot Medal

1696 Netherlands Neptune Sea Chariot Medal obverse 1696 Netherlands Neptune Sea Chariot Medal reverse

Condition: Uncirculated
Material: Silver
Geographical Origin: Netherlands Antilles

1696 Netherlands "Resolution of the Civic Unrest in Amsterdam" Neptune Sea Chariot Medal by R. ARONDEAUX .
Material: Silver.
Diameter: 40MM.

Obv: Neptune standing on Sea Chariot drawn right by two hippocamps, winds left & right blow the sea into waves. Legend MOTOS PRAESTAT COMPONERE FLVCTVS.(he stands ready to control the billowing waves, a quote from the Aeneid of Virgil).

Rev: Two kingfish birds on clam seas in a flowing nest, a setting sun on the horizon. Legend in banner above, HALCYONIBUS REDUCTIS/SENATUS AMSTELOD/CIVIBUS SUIS HOC/ANTIQUAE VERTUTIS/SPECTATAEQ FIDEI/PRAEMIUM LARGITUR. (The Halcyon having retuned, the Amsterdam city council grants unto her citizens this gift of ancient virtue and wondrous faith.) Exergue MDCXCVI. Signed R. ARONDEAUX.

I don't know anything about the historical context, but this is a great medal, particularly the obverse. I don't know that I've ever seen anything quite like it. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
26. Netherlands - Medal 1696 'Neptune Sea Chariot' - silver (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/11103077-netherlands-medal-1696-neptune-sea-chariot-silver)

1811 Isle of Man Manks One Penny Token

1811 Isle of Man Manks One Penny Token obverse 1811 Isle of Man Manks One Penny Token reverse

An 1811 Isle of Man Manks one penny token. Obverse: Atlas supporting the globe, “Payable at the office Douglas”. Reverse: “Manks Token One Penny 1811” with three legs with spurs. Metal composition: Copper. Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 13 grams. Circulated. Poor condition.

This is a lousy specimen, but Isle of Man coins and tokens have always fascinated me. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1811 Isle of Man Manks One Penny Token (www.ebth.com/items/5708289-1811-isle-of-man-manks-one-penny-token)

Thomas Richardson Civil War Postage Stamp Envelope

Thomas Richardson postage stamp envelope

“THOMAS RICHARDSON, Ag’t, Importer of Wines, Spirits, English & Scotch Provisions, 66 Maiden Lane, cor. William St., N.Y. 25 (Cents). U. S. Stamps.” U.S Postage Stamp Envelope. Full Envelope With Flap. Choice Crisp About New.

Friedberg # PE595. KL 420-25. Rarity-10 Unique. Civil War Era. (Drowne 1918 listed.) Listed in Friedberg at $2,000 in VF-EF for a complete envelope. Envelope that is bright, boldly printed with excellent eye appeal with light handling only. Superb in overall appearance. Black printing upon Deep Orange-Yellow period wove paper, face printed only.

The impressive text, uses various standard and decorative fonts. Some additional text at the bottom reads: “CHOP, STEAK AND OYSTER HOUSE. - Dunlop’s XX and India Pale Ale on Draught.” Trivial faint traces of prior mounting on the blank reverse which remains bright and clean.

A “Key” highly important Unique Full Envelope With Flap that is quite magnificent and an extraordinary major rarity. If one ever desires a full set of Postage Stamp Envelopes of the Civil War Era, this specimen is a “must have stopper.” See: “Civil War Stamp Envelopes, the Issuers and Their Times” by Fred Reed. Ex: Stack’s Ford Part XIX, October 11, 2007, Lot 37, F.C.C. Boyd Estate (no lot tag).

The auction hype's not far off. I collected some of these over the years. They're all rare and historically important, and this one is quite a rarity. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
THOMAS RICHARDSON CHOP, STEAK AND OYSTER HOUSE Unique Finest Known U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope Type (www.earlyamerican.com/Auctions/ClientPages/lots.item.php?auction=96&lot=194)

1874 Mexico Mina del Eden Zacatecas Token

1874 Mexico Mina del Eden Zacatecas Token obverse 1874 Mexico Mina del Eden Zacatecas Token reverse

Condition: Very Fine
Material: Copper
Geographical Origin: Mexico
Vale una Carga de Metal
Necessity currency from the hacienda of Mexico
Metal: copper.
Weight: 23.85 g

While the auction description calls this necessity currency, internet searches reveal similar listings noting that it's a mining token and translates "VALE UNA CARGA DE METAL" as "Worth one load of metal". -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
37. Mexico - Token or coin of necessity 'Mina del Eden Zacatecas 1874' (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10437081-mexico-token-or-coin-of-necessity-mina-del-eden-zacatecas-1874)

1896 Bryan Money Tenno Cento

1896 Bryan Money Tenno Cento obverse 1896 Bryan Money Tenno Cento reverse

An 1896 William Jennings Bryan “Free Silver” Campaign token. Bryan’s Idea of Coinage on the obverse and Free Silver The Bryan Idea with Teno Cento within a wreath to the reverse. Diameter: 44 mm. Weight: 44 grams. Circulated. Good condition.

Bryan Money has always interested me. These satirical pieces capture the essence of the great debate of the day in American politics. The"Tenno cento" piece is scarce. It's listed as No. 345 in the book Bryan Money by Fred Schornstein. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1896 William Jennings Bryan "Free Silver" Campaign Token (www.ebth.com/items/5693400-1896-william-jennings-bryan-free-silver-campaign-token)

A Great Seal Carved Wood Plaque

Great Seal plaque

Great Seal plaque side view The Great Seal of America Carved Plaque with Fifty Stars Deep and finely detailed relief carving of the Great Seal of America Showing all the traditional features : A bald eagle is the central motif with a shield positioned on his chest, a ribbon in its beak is lettered E. Pluribus Unum. Above is a crest with thirteen stylized circles representing the original states. In one talon the eagle is clutching a bundle of arrows and in the other a olive branch. The eagle is facing the olive branch representing peace. The Seal is surrounded by Fifty Stars. Out of a military collection in North Salem, New York. Signed by Rufino T., 87. Mahogany, 30" diameter and 3 1/2" deep

Thanks to Pablo Hoffman of New York City for passing this one along. Not exactly numismatic, but very high relief - nice work. Great item for your office wall! -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
The Great Seal of America Carved Plaque, Fifty Stars (https://new.liveauctioneers.com/item/52284042_the-great-seal-of-america-carved-plaque-fifty-stars)

Alaskan Silver Tokens
Alaskan Silver Tokens Description: 3 rare silver native privately minted Alaskan die trial strike tokens - Vogler Claims (only 23 minted), Tenderfoot Creek and Smallwood Creek (only 30 minted). Hand struck die trial strike tokens by Dick Hanscom of Alaska. A small number of die trial pieces are hand struck before the actual gold strikes. The silver came from native Alaska silver ore. Total of 3 DWT of Silver.

I checked with Dick, a regular E-Sylum contributor, and he'd already seen this lot. -Editor

Dick Hanscom writes:

It is amazing how many mistakes can be made with so few words! They are not hand struck. I use the screw press. They are not made before the gold tokens, they are made after. The reason for this is I have a very limited die life and don't want to waste it on silver before the gold is done. And it is not native Alaska silver. It is .999 fine silver from melted 1 oz. rounds!

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 145Y: 3 Alaska Die Trial Strike Tokens (www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/3-alaska-die-trial-strike-tokens-9BA4C78BF2)

Box of Money

Box of Money Description: Untitled (Box of Money), 2005
Printed money on paper in cardboard box
Dimensions variable (approximately 23 1/2" x 31 1/4" x 31 1/4") Edition 3/3
Provenance: Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
Private Collection, California
Note: Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Condition: Cardboard, inkjet on paper.

No, I am not making this up. How much am I bid? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Untitled (Box of Money), 2005 (http://auctions.bidsquare.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/2285/lot/784594/rago-justin-lieberman-american-b-1977)

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