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    HT-303

    The Philadelphia Americana Sale, Part Two

    Highlight: HT-303ve medium brown copper surfaces that show minor evidence of handling and circulation. Rubens Peale was the son of Charles Wilson Peale, opened a museum across from City Hall in New York in 1821. Rubens' brother Pranklin became the chief coiner of the United States Mint in 1839. Extremely Rare HT-303A Peale's Museum Admission Card In White Metal 7160 New York. New York. Peale's Museum. 1825. HT-303 A, Low-270. White metal. Rarity-8. AU-50. Plain edge. Struck medal turn. Attractive light gray surfaces with lustre in the

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    John J. Ford, Jr. Collection of Coins, Medals and Currency, Part 23

    Highlight: HT-303. Rarity-5. Copper. 34 mm. MS-64 BN (NGC). The deep golden-tan surfaces are hard and glossy in appearance and exhibit soft luster through- out. The usual obverse die break is in full bloom across the effigy’s cheek. Choice for the grade, an unusually fine specimen of this scarce and popular issue. The museum was established by Rubens Peale in 1825 in the Parthenon Building at 252 Broadway opposite New York City Hall. In one gallery, the Long Room, snakes, lizards, and other reptiles were exhibited along with an Egyptian mummy, while another room contained numerous works of art. In 1843 the museum was sold to P.T. Barnum. In line with the numismatic side of events, we note that Rubens’ brother, Franklin Peale, became chief coiner at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia in 1839. From the John

    A topical index to the John J. Ford, Jr. series of auction catalogs (2003-2013) is at:

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    The Philadelphia Americana Sales

    Highlight: HT-303. Rarity-6. Copper. VF Details — Rim Dam- age (NGC). This New York attraction was established by Rubens Peale in 1825; his father was Philadelphia museum entrepreneur Charles Wilson Peale. This example is well cir- culated with edge bumps. 483 New York— New York. Undated (1832-1835) Robert B. Ruggles. HT-307A. Rarity-4. Copper. EF-45 (Uncertified). Deep olive-brown, with traces of red-brown in the protected recesses. From the Montgomery Collection. Paper envelope included. 484 New York — New York. 1837 R. E. Russell. 12 1/2 Cents. HT-309. Rarity-5. Feuchtwanger's Composition. Reeded Edge. MS-60 (Uncertified). Just a hint of light iridescent gold toning complements fully lustrous surfaces; the obverse displays a single short mark to the right of the snake and the reverse exhibits some

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    The Collections of James E. Dice & M. Lamar Hicks

    Highlight: Rulau HT-303. Copper. Rarity-5. About Uncirculated. Plain edge. 336.4 gns. 34.6 mm. Struck medal turn. Nice, even medium brown. Surfaces remarkably clear and free from the pitting, roughness, and flaws that usually are found on these. Well struck and cen- tered, usual obverse break. A superior example of this somewhat scarce admission pass card. These were used actively at the time they were first made and it is surprising to find a one so well preserved. Ex Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Stack's, October 17, 1989, Eot 519). 100 -

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    The Collections of James E. Dice & M. Lamar Hicks

    Highlight: Extremely Rare HT-303 E.& I. Bragaw Issue Newark, New Jersey and Mobile, Alabama 3306 New Jersey, Newark and Alabama, Mobile. E. & 1. Bragaw. [1830s]. Low-303, Rulau HT-207A. Brass. Rarity-7. Very Fine. Plain edge. 94.5 gns. 26.6 mm. Struck slightly offset right from medal turn. An important dual location token with ties to both the North and South. The front and back are toned in a deep brassy yellow gold color with some iridescent highlights. The surfaces appear smooth and hard with some small digs above Wright & Bale's signature and a tiny pinprick mark at the base of the other side. The central inscriptions have been framed by careful outlines made after strik- ing. The piece shows good central details on the reverse but the opposite side is a bit weak at that position. Extremely rare.

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    The Classics Sale: The Medio and Da Costa Gomez Collections

    Highlight: HT-303. Copper. Choice AU. 356.4 grains. 34.6 mm. Pleasing light brown, even and smooth, with some lustre remaining. Heavy di- agonal die crack across central obverse, some scattered marks and abrasions though none are serious. Central reverse boldly struck. Peale’s Museum was operated on Broadway by Rubens Peale, dis- playing art and natural history specimens. A 1911 nostalgic work on Broadway called Peale’s Museum “a place to which children could be taken with safety.” It was bought out by P.T. Barnum in 1840. The copper passes were likely intended to admit season ticket holders. Very Rare Peale’s Museum Card White Metal 2804 1825 Peale’s Museum, New York City. Low-270, HT-303A. Rarity-8. 'White metal. Fine. 153.5 grains. 34.6 mm. Even pale gray with some dark surface encrustation at rea

    Auction catalogue of American Numismatic Rarities, LLC.

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