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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    erse spot is noted but not terribly distracting as the remaining surfaces are so appealing Beautifully struck The reverse die features a prominent B just above the union of the two wreath branches Interestingly it appears that an A was originally punched into the die and corrected One of 50 reported struck in this composition and a type missing from the Bowers Collection From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 130 1865 J A Bolen Store Card Tin 25 5 mm 6 2 grams Musante JAB 19 Mint State Light graphite gray with striations of lighter pewter and flecks of gold blue and green iridescence noted at a certain angle to the light A trace of posting on the rims but it blends well with the patina and is not visually distracting One of 50 reported


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    erse spot is noted but not terribly distracting as the remaining surfaces are so appealing Beautifully struck The reverse die features a prominent B just above the union of the two wreath branches Interestingly it appears that an A was originally punched into the die and corrected One of 50 reported struck in this composition and a type missing from the Bowers Collection From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 130 1865 J A Bolen Store Card Tin 25 5 mm 6 2 grams Musante JAB 19 Mint State Light graphite gray with striations of lighter pewter and flecks of gold blue and green iridescence noted at a certain angle to the light A trace of posting on the rims but it blends well with the patina and is not visually distracting One of 50 reported


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    planchet voids in the fields as made which are likely from debris on the dies as the other example of this variety shows similar texture in a different configuration Close examination reveals precious few signs of handling Well struck and attractive Another scarce Bolen piece this being one of just 15 reported struck It was not included in the Bowers Collection in this metal From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 137 1867 J A Bolen Store Card Without Name Below Bust Brass 25 5 mm 8 9 grams Musante JAB 24 Mint State Light olive gold surfaces with light mottling and a few scattered spots Well struck with nice reflectivity in the fields One example in this composition is in the ANS Collection marked B 1 BRASS taken to be Bolens record that


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    ke several other issues do not seem to have been sold for use in restriking these pieces It would seem that only about 50 examples were struck in all metals and the copies of colonial pieces are among the most desired of the Bolen medals An important piece for the advanced collector and missing from our offering of the Q David Bowers Collection of Bolen pieces in January 2011 From the Neil Musante collection Earlier ex John Adams Bolens per sonal reference collection Paper envelope with attribution notation included 141 1869 J A Bolen Store Card Copper 25 mm 9 0 grams Musante JAB 35 Mint State Nearly Choice but for a few light spots Lovely deep chocolate brown on the obverse with traces of orange in the somewhat reflective fields The reverse is somewhat lighter with even more Proofli


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    planchet voids in the fields as made which are likely from debris on the dies as the other example of this variety shows similar texture in a different configuration Close examination reveals precious few signs of handling Well struck and attractive Another scarce Bolen piece this being one of just 15 reported struck It was not included in the Bowers Collection in this metal From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 137 1867 J A Bolen Store Card Without Name Below Bust Brass 25 5 mm 8 9 grams Musante JAB 24 Mint State Light olive gold surfaces with light mottling and a few scattered spots Well struck with nice reflectivity in the fields One example in this composition is in the ANS Collection marked B 1 BRASS taken to be Bolens record that


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    ke several other issues do not seem to have been sold for use in restriking these pieces It would seem that only about 50 examples were struck in all metals and the copies of colonial pieces are among the most desired of the Bolen medals An important piece for the advanced collector and missing from our offering of the Q David Bowers Collection of Bolen pieces in January 2011 From the Neil Musante collection Earlier ex John Adams Bolens per sonal reference collection Paper envelope with attribution notation included 141 1869 J A Bolen Store Card Copper 25 mm 9 0 grams Musante JAB 35 Mint State Nearly Choice but for a few light spots Lovely deep chocolate brown on the obverse with traces of orange in the somewhat reflective fields The reverse is somewhat lighter with even more Proofli


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    e hairlines while the devices are sharp and unworn Light steel and blue green iridescence on both sides A rarity in silver one of no more than three examples believed to exist all struck by Dr Frank Smith Edwards The first report of one being sold was in the Edwards Estate sold in October 1865 Not included in Q David Bowers extensive collection sold by us in January 2011 From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 119 Undated 1862 United States Arsenal Medal No Sun Silver 28 mm 9 6 grams Musante JAB 4 Mint State Lightly Tooled Pleasing light silver gray with soft olive rose and golden brown mottling Inviting Prooflike character in the fields Softly struck at the base of the arsenal s central tower where the intended definition of the grass


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    Galleries The February 2014 New York Americana Auction 125 1864 J A Bolen Store Card Copper 28 mm 10 1 grams Musante JAB 12 Mint State Rich chocolate brown copper with soft blue rose and gold nicely blended across both sides Some Prooflike reflectivity also noted Another lovely example of this rare store card one of just 25 pieces reported to have been struck in copper From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 126 Undated 1864 Washington He Lived For His Country Brass 28 mm 12 0 grams Musante JAB 13 Choice Mint State A beautiful example of this rare medal Light olive gold with abundant pastel toning over each side the reverse being particularly rich and colorful Desirable Prooflike reflectivity adds depth to the fields and accentuates


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    ms Musante JAB 39 Choice Mint State A beautiful little medal with deeply reflective mirror flelds that nicely accentuate the interesting architectural type Deeply toned with highlights of soft blue green gold and silver over the otherwise dark silver Nicely struck and exhibiting only minor handling marks One of just 10 examples reported struck in silver and rarity as such From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 146 Undated 1881 Pynchon House Silver 25 5 mm 10 6 grams Musante JAB 39 Mint State Hairlined Light graphite across the surfaces with areas of lighter silver nicely blended Deeply reflective flelds and nice eye appeal in hand Remarkably a second example of this rarity in silver one of just 10 believed struck From the Neil Musante


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    deep violet and blue on the reverse and good reflectivity remains on both sides Sharp and not unattractive in hand One of 250 reported struck in copper Another piece with the best of all pedigrees to Bolen himself The characteristic B is marked on the edge as is seen on the brass example at the ANS that came from Bolens estate in 1948 A flne piece for the Bolen enthusiast From the Neil Musante collection Earlier from John Adams Bolens personal reference collection Paper envelope with attribution and pedi gree notes included 151 1893 Springfield Masonic Building Dedication Aluminum 29 mm 3 2 grams Musante JAB 41 Choice Mint State Highly reflective fields nicely showcasing the sharp satiny silver devices Prooflike on the obverse highly lustrous verging on Prooflike on the reverse Shar


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    e without magnification Reported by Bolen himself as the only one struck in any metal this one is believed the unique example from this die pair and is the Musante plate coin Indeed Bolens B mark is seen on the edge identifying this as his own reference specimen An exceptional offering for the Bolen Medal collector and not likely to be offered again for many years to come From the Neil Musante collection Earlier from John Adams Bolens personal reference collection Paper envelope with attribution and pedi gree notes included 155 1862 Arsenal Without Sun Young America Muling Attributed to Mason and Edwards Copper 28 mm 11 6 grams Musante JAB M E 3 Very Choice About Uncirculated A curious piece with largely tan surfaces but large areas of lighter brassy gold that appears almost as gildi


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    of electrotypes but with very little actual handling other than at the highest points of the design Two examples are confirmed by Neil Musante this one and a second example in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society Very rare perhaps the only one in private hands and important as a Bolen piece for its connection to federal coinage proposals even if in fantasy From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with collector notes included 159 Undated 1860s J A Bolen Counterstamps on a United States Draped Bust Large Cent Marks Very Fine the Host Nearly Smooth One large mark applied twice in close proximity due to a bounce of the punch between hammerings The other smaller mark is J A BOLEEN in mirror image A neat little Bolen association item though it is not believed to b


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    e hairlines while the devices are sharp and unworn Light steel and blue green iridescence on both sides A rarity in silver one of no more than three examples believed to exist all struck by Dr Frank Smith Edwards The first report of one being sold was in the Edwards Estate sold in October 1865 Not included in Q David Bowers extensive collection sold by us in January 2011 From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 119 Undated 1862 United States Arsenal Medal No Sun Silver 28 mm 9 6 grams Musante JAB 4 Mint State Lightly Tooled Pleasing light silver gray with soft olive rose and golden brown mottling Inviting Prooflike character in the fields Softly struck at the base of the arsenal s central tower where the intended definition of the grass


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    Galleries The February 2014 New York Americana Auction 125 1864 J A Bolen Store Card Copper 28 mm 10 1 grams Musante JAB 12 Mint State Rich chocolate brown copper with soft blue rose and gold nicely blended across both sides Some Prooflike reflectivity also noted Another lovely example of this rare store card one of just 25 pieces reported to have been struck in copper From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 126 Undated 1864 Washington He Lived For His Country Brass 28 mm 12 0 grams Musante JAB 13 Choice Mint State A beautiful example of this rare medal Light olive gold with abundant pastel toning over each side the reverse being particularly rich and colorful Desirable Prooflike reflectivity adds depth to the fields and accentuates


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    ms Musante JAB 39 Choice Mint State A beautiful little medal with deeply reflective mirror flelds that nicely accentuate the interesting architectural type Deeply toned with highlights of soft blue green gold and silver over the otherwise dark silver Nicely struck and exhibiting only minor handling marks One of just 10 examples reported struck in silver and rarity as such From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution no tation included 146 Undated 1881 Pynchon House Silver 25 5 mm 10 6 grams Musante JAB 39 Mint State Hairlined Light graphite across the surfaces with areas of lighter silver nicely blended Deeply reflective flelds and nice eye appeal in hand Remarkably a second example of this rarity in silver one of just 10 believed struck From the Neil Musante


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    deep violet and blue on the reverse and good reflectivity remains on both sides Sharp and not unattractive in hand One of 250 reported struck in copper Another piece with the best of all pedigrees to Bolen himself The characteristic B is marked on the edge as is seen on the brass example at the ANS that came from Bolens estate in 1948 A flne piece for the Bolen enthusiast From the Neil Musante collection Earlier from John Adams Bolens personal reference collection Paper envelope with attribution and pedi gree notes included 151 1893 Springfield Masonic Building Dedication Aluminum 29 mm 3 2 grams Musante JAB 41 Choice Mint State Highly reflective fields nicely showcasing the sharp satiny silver devices Prooflike on the obverse highly lustrous verging on Prooflike on the reverse Shar


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    e without magnification Reported by Bolen himself as the only one struck in any metal this one is believed the unique example from this die pair and is the Musante plate coin Indeed Bolens B mark is seen on the edge identifying this as his own reference specimen An exceptional offering for the Bolen Medal collector and not likely to be offered again for many years to come From the Neil Musante collection Earlier from John Adams Bolens personal reference collection Paper envelope with attribution and pedi gree notes included 155 1862 Arsenal Without Sun Young America Muling Attributed to Mason and Edwards Copper 28 mm 11 6 grams Musante JAB M E 3 Very Choice About Uncirculated A curious piece with largely tan surfaces but large areas of lighter brassy gold that appears almost as gildi


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    of electrotypes but with very little actual handling other than at the highest points of the design Two examples are confirmed by Neil Musante this one and a second example in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society Very rare perhaps the only one in private hands and important as a Bolen piece for its connection to federal coinage proposals even if in fantasy From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with collector notes included 159 Undated 1860s J A Bolen Counterstamps on a United States Draped Bust Large Cent Marks Very Fine the Host Nearly Smooth One large mark applied twice in close proximity due to a bounce of the punch between hammerings The other smaller mark is J A BOLEEN in mirror image A neat little Bolen association item though it is not believed to b


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    Session One Starts 10 00 AM ET Wednesday February 5 2014 162 Undated 1860s Portrait Punch by John Adams Bolen Steel Height 33 mm Dimensions at striking end 15x12 mm Choice Extremely Fine A small unidentified portrait in high relief Signed on the shank J A BOLEN From the Neil Musante collection 163 Pair of Small Printing Dies Steel 25 x 25 x 10 mm Both Extremely Fine Light Oxidation One with a JAB monogram on the reverse One plate has John Adams Bolens own ornate monogram initials while the other reads Mamie in ornate flourishes Mamie was the nickname of Bolens daughter Mary Elizabeth From the Neil Musante Collection 164 Circa 1869 1870 Embossing Stamp by Joseph Merriam


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    Session One Starts 10 00 AM ET Wednesday February 5 2014 162 Undated 1860s Portrait Punch by John Adams Bolen Steel Height 33 mm Dimensions at striking end 15x12 mm Choice Extremely Fine A small unidentified portrait in high relief Signed on the shank J A BOLEN From the Neil Musante collection 163 Pair of Small Printing Dies Steel 25 x 25 x 10 mm Both Extremely Fine Light Oxidation One with a JAB monogram on the reverse One plate has John Adams Bolens own ornate monogram initials while the other reads Mamie in ornate flourishes Mamie was the nickname of Bolens daughter Mary Elizabeth From the Neil Musante Collection 164 Circa 1869 1870 Embossing Stamp by Joseph Merriam


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    t brown surfaces with considerable original red remaining through the legends and pleasing pale blue green overtones Well struck and nicely centered on a broad flan A thin S on the reverse surface can be seen under magnification but is almost impossible to detect without it Lovely eye appeal overall Just 40 pieces are believed to have been struck by Bolen in this composition From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution notation included Rare Washington Letter to Hamilton Medal in Silver 1 23 Undated 1 864 Washington Letter to Hamilton Medal Silver 59 mm 77 5 grams Musante JAB 1 1 Baker 257 About Uncirculated A lovely example of one of the most prized of all Bolen pieces Deeply and exquisitely toned with areas of rich violet and blue green iridescence A few hairlin


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    The August 2016 ANA Auction, U.S. Coins



    maining through the legends and pleasing pale blue green overtones Well struck and nicely centered on a broad flan A thin S on the reverse surface can be seen under magnification but is almost impossible to detect without it Lovely eye appeal overall Just 40 pieces are believed to have been struck by Bolen in this composition From the Eagle Hill Collection Earlier ex our sale of the Neil Musante collection February 2014 lot 122 Paper envelope with attribution notation included 1079 Undated 1864 Higley Copper Copy by J A Bolen Silver 27 mm 7 6 grams Musante JAB 10 About Uncirculated Lovely deep pewter gray with soft pastel overtones of blue and rose Struck on a thin planchet of smaller diameter than reported and believed by Musante a likely product of Dr Edwards rather than one of t


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    The February 2014 Americana Auction



    t brown surfaces with considerable original red remaining through the legends and pleasing pale blue green overtones Well struck and nicely centered on a broad flan A thin S on the reverse surface can be seen under magnification but is almost impossible to detect without it Lovely eye appeal overall Just 40 pieces are believed to have been struck by Bolen in this composition From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution notation included Rare Washington Letter to Hamilton Medal in Silver 1 23 Undated 1 864 Washington Letter to Hamilton Medal Silver 59 mm 77 5 grams Musante JAB 1 1 Baker 257 About Uncirculated A lovely example of one of the most prized of all Bolen pieces Deeply and exquisitely toned with areas of rich violet and blue green iridescence A few hairlin


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    The August 2016 ANA Auction, U.S. Coins



    maining through the legends and pleasing pale blue green overtones Well struck and nicely centered on a broad flan A thin S on the reverse surface can be seen under magnification but is almost impossible to detect without it Lovely eye appeal overall Just 40 pieces are believed to have been struck by Bolen in this composition From the Eagle Hill Collection Earlier ex our sale of the Neil Musante collection February 2014 lot 122 Paper envelope with attribution notation included 1079 Undated 1864 Higley Copper Copy by J A Bolen Silver 27 mm 7 6 grams Musante JAB 10 About Uncirculated Lovely deep pewter gray with soft pastel overtones of blue and rose Struck on a thin planchet of smaller diameter than reported and believed by Musante a likely product of Dr Edwards rather than one of t


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    SELECTIONS FROM THE STACKS BOWERS 2014 AMERICANA SALE

    01/19/2014

    23 Mint State One of just 14 reported struck in copper with just one or two believed struck in each of several other metals A very rare issue Interestingly Bolen first signed this obverse die just below the shield and to the right and traces of the LEN are still clearly visible The final position is boldly at the base of the central motif just above the date Pedigree From the Neil Musante collection Paper envelope with attribution notation included To read the complete lot description see 2014 Americana Lot 133 1866 Springfield Antiquarians Card Copper www stacksbowers com BrowseAuctions LotDetail tabid 227 AuctionID 5001 Lot 133 Default aspx Lot 245 Silver Urn Ephraim Brasher Silver Urn Ephraim Brasher 1744 1810 Active ca 1786 1807 New York New York Silversmit


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