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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JANUARY 6, 2019

The E-Sylum (1/6/2019)


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

Moesia, Istros Silver Stater

Moesia, Istros Silver Stater

Moesia, Istros. 450-300 B.C. AR stater (18.1 mm, 5.82 g, 6 h). Two young, male heads facing, the left inverted / IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left standing on dolphin left, which it attacks with its beak; AΠ monogram beneath dolphin. AMNG 417; SNG Copenhagen 195. EF, toned.

Unusual juxtaposition of heads; this is rarely seen in coin and medal design. Nice piece. From Agora Auctions sale #81 closing January 22nd. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 020. Moesia, Istros. 450-300 B.C. AR stater. From the D.Thomas Collection. (https://www.agoraauctions.com/listing/viewdetail/42483)

1799 Gilt Copper George III Proof Halfpenny

1799 Gilt Copper George III Proof Halfpenny

Great Britain. George III (1760-1820). Gilt Copper Proof Halfpenny, 1799. Laureate, draped bust right, rev. Britannia seated left, date below. S.3778. NGC PF 65 ULTRA CAMEO.

From the SPINK 2019 NYINC sale. I don't believe I've seen a Gilt Copper Proof before. Nice. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
https://spink.com/lot/344000130

1912 Roald Amundsen Token

1912 Roald Amundsen Token

Roald Amundsen (1872-1928). Tribute Token in Silver, 1912. 31mm, 16.0 gms. Issued by Thomas Elder, NY. ROALD AMUNDSEN / NORWEGIAN EXPLORER (on banner) / REACHED / THE SOUTH POLE / DECEMBER 14, / 1911, rev. THE FIRST SAILOR / -TO- / TAKE A SHIP / THROUGH THE / NORTHWEST PASSAGE. / THE FIRST MEDAL TO HIM, / MARCH 12, / 1912, small E below. DeLorey 16. Extremely rare with only 5 pieces believed struck in Silver by Charles Hanson, Chicago. Iridescent toning. About Uncirculated.

Interesting Tom Elder piece in the SPINK 2019 NYINC sale. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Roald Amundsen (1872-1928). Tribute Token in Silver (https://spink.com/lot/344000895#)

1901-O Morgan Dollar

1901-O Morgan Dollar with Wegley certificate

RARE 1901-O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR WITH LIGHT GOLDEN TONING GRADED MS64 BY INVESTMENT RARITIES INC - THIS COIN IS VERY RARE AND HARD TO COME BY IN THE UPPER GRADES.

As with all grading services, grading standards may vary and this grading service's standards may or may not match other grading services' standards. Please bid accordingly

What's interesting about this one is the certificate. The seller implies that it's from a grading service, but it's just marketing material supplied by an earlier coin seller.

I've never heard of this person or company - Dennis Wegley of Investment Rarities Incorporated. A search on the Newman Numismatic Portal finds mentions of his name in the 1980s.

The Spring 1982 issue of The N.A.S.C Quarterly lists him as a new member of the Numismatic Association of Southern California.

A 1983 Coin World article lists him as a convention panelist discussing "advantages of investing in Morgan and Peace silver dollars"

A 1985 Currency Dealer Newsletter lists him as a speaker at the Seventh National Silver Dollar Convention in St. Louis.

All the hits on his name were in the span 1982-1986. A general web search found his name in the January/February 2013 issue of the TNA News from the Texas Numismatic Association within an ad for the National Silver Dollar Roundtable. "Dennis E. Wegley" is listed under "In Memorium."

So we know he was active as a dealer in silver dollars in the mid-1980s and died sometime before mid-2013. Can anyone provide more information? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
RARE 1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR (https://www.seizedpropertyauctions.com/RARE_1901_O_MORGAN_SILVER_DOLLAR-LOT4466.aspx)

1938 Canadian 10 Cent

1938 Canadian 10 Cent in ICCS holder

NFLD 1938 - 10 Cent EF-40 ICCS.

Here's another certified item; I think this is from the International Coin Certification Service (ICCS) in Canada. What does "NFLD" mean? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
NFLD 1938 - 10 Cent EF-40 ICCS. (https://auction.auctionnetwork.ca/NFLD-1938-10-Cent-EF-40-ICCS_i32253506)

Tromp L'oeil Engraving of French Paper Money

Tromp L'oeil Engraving of French Paper Money

Nicolas Marie Gatteaux (after) [TROMPE L'OEIL OF PAPER MONEY AND OTHER PRINTED FINANCIAL EPHEMERA]

Engraving, coloured by hand, by Tardieu, after Gatteaux, circa 1792. Louis XVI style gold leaf frame. sheet size: 812 by 679 mm 32 by 26 3/4 in

This one's from Sotheby's. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Nicolas Marie Gatteaux (after) [TROMPE L'OEIL OF PAPER MONEY AND OTHER PRINTED FINANCIAL EPHEMERA] (http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2019/important-americana-n10005/lot.1602.html)

Colorized Silver Eagles

Colorized 2018 Silver Eagle Colorized 2015 Silver Eagle

2018 1 Oz $1 Colorized SOLAR SYSTEM EAGLE Coin.

Here's another form of numismatic artwork. These two images are from eBay. The second one (2015-dated) must be from a closed sale - I grabbed it from Google, but couldn't locate the listing. Anyway, these managed to catch my eye. Many (OK, most) of these colorized concoctions are dreck, but some can still look pretty. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
2018 1 Oz $1 Colorized SOLAR SYSTEM EAGLE Coin. (https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-1-Oz-1-Colorized-SOLAR-SYSTEM-EAGLE-Coin/283318847350)

To see the Google image listing: https://goo.gl/images/JZvELh

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