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    The Minot Collection

    Highlight: JULIAN-KEUSCH AC- 583 Assay Commission Medal, 1877. Copper bronzed, 33.5mm. 585 By William Barber. Julian-Keusch AC-16. Obv. Ancient scientist Archimedes discovering Specific Gravity. Rev. Laurel and oak enclose ANNUAL/ ASSAY/ 1877. One of 25 pieces struck. Deep reflective brown surfaces. Choice Uncirculated. 584 Assay Commission Medal, 1883. Copper bronzed, 33.6mm. By George T. Morgan. Julian-KeuschOBAT OPUS, the Weight Proves the Work. Deep reflective brown, light handling. About Uncirculated. Assay Commission Medal, 1886. Copper bronzed, 33.6mm. By Charles E. Barber, George T. Morgan. Julian-Keusch AC-29. Obv. President Grover Cleveland bust r. Rev. Justice before

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    The Philadelphia Americana Sales

    Highlight: Julian- Keusch AC-36/AC-41 (Julian-Keusch Unlisted in this Form). Silver. Unc. 33.7 millimeters, 3.2 millimeters thick. 22.84 grams. Obv: large bust of Benjamin Harrison left, finely beaded border. Rev: Prudence stands with mirror and scales regarding an ancient Greek coin depicting Minerva in Corin- thian helmet at right, legend .THE. MINT. OF. THE. UNITED. STATES. ANNUAL. ASSAY 1897. By George T. Morgan. This remarkable Assay Commission medal was part of the famous Virgil M. Brand Collection, described in our (Bow- ers and Merena's) Saccone Sale of November 1989 as: "an impossible muling, a combination of the 1892 Benjamin Harrison obverse and the 1897 Grover Cleveland reverse. A second rarity doubtless created as a delight for a collector." Given the pedigree to Virgil Brand it would be

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    The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC-45. Choice About Uncirculated. Dies by Charles Barber and George Morgan. Golden gray with subtle luster, struck with a very light matte finish. The highpoints on both side show some coppery toning. No bad marks, quite pleasing. The weight (53.98 grams) is between the weight of the two Keusch specimens (56.74 and 53.24 grams), both silver, which brought $920 and $862.50 in 2008; though this piece was once cataloged as “silver-plated copper,” we feel it to be struck in silver despite the unusual highpoint toning. While a few copper pieces were struck for the Mint Cabinet, the main production run was 40 silver specimens. This was the first of the rectangular plaque-style Assay medals, and is quite scarce today. 1111 1906 U.S. Assay Commission Medal. Silver. 40 x 55 mm.

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    Charles McSorley Collection of Nineteenth Century Political Campaign Tokens, Part II

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch states that, “Except for 1977, this is- sue is the most common of the late medals. This statement is not entirely accurate. At the time that Julian & Keusch wrote their fine catalog, the Nixon medal had appeared privately and at auction more often than any of the other late medals, but that did not mean that more of them were struck than the others. There are, in fact, several issues with higher mintage figures than the 1969. The Dreyfuss example brought $181.50; 103 ★

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    The Keusch, Snow, & Del Zorro Collections

    Highlight: It was noted in the Julian-Keusch reference, "A bronze uniface of the reverse is in the Keusch collection." Plain edge, tan-gold patina. Uncirculated. Julian-Keusch wrote that the Mint facade with the Alexander Hamilton statue between the pillars "has interest for collectors of Lincoln cents as elements of the design seem to foreshadow the 1959 memorial reverse design." - 358 -

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    The August 2016 ANA Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC-35, Julian MT-25. Rarity-8. MS-64 BN (NGC). An apparently unique assay commission medal in the style originally intended to be issued for the 1891 assay, however, the death of Treasury Secretary William Windom on January 29, 1891, prompted a hasty change in design in order to honor Windom by placing his portrait on the medal instead of the planned image of President Harrison. The obverse of Windoms existing Treasury Secretary medal (Julian MT- 25) was quickly reduced from 76 mm and used to produce a new obverse for the 33 mm Assay Commission medal. Muled with Morgans originally intended reverse featuring a bearded workman at a furnace, medals in this new format were produced in silver and copper and presented to commission members just weeks later at the ceremony in

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    Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II Collection

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch report that only 40 medals were struck in Silver. (G-H) PLATE 380 RARE 1901 ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL IN COPPER. JK AC-45. 39x55. 7mm. Copper. Charles Barber (Obv.) & George Morgan (Rev.), Sc. Choice About Uncirculated. The obverse features the portrait of William McKinley facing left, with legends above and below. The reverse shows an assayer at work, a motif copied from the reverse of the 1891 issue, but in the present instance showing more details, such as an overhead shaft and pulley system. The Mint records show that 40 medals were struck in Silver, but no mention is made of any striking in Copper. Prior auctions records are scant; in 1981 we sold an XF specimen for $115 and in 1984 the Virgil Brand specimen was sold for $605.00. This is the specimen from our Magriel and

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    Auction Fifty

    Highlight: Assay medal in Julian- Keusch, this portrait met with the President's disapproval because it showed him "too heavy in the face" and the President "wanted a much thiner visage". Morgan complied with this request and the result was an obverse portrait showing Coolidge with a longer and thinner nose and more definition to his facial features making him appear thinner. In addition, the head appears larger than on the 1924 dated medal and a smaller portion of the coat and the tie is shown. This new portrait appears on the official first term Mint medal and one the 1925 Assay Commission medal. For comparison purposes, an example of this medal is included in this lot: 76.4mm. Bronze. Uncirculated. The reverse of this medal is dominated by a standing female figure holding a large plaque inscribed:

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    Auction Fifty-Five

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch found records substantiating 30 bronze strikings. This is the only medal in the series which uses this particular reverse. (G) 194 1881 ASSAY MEDAL. AC-24(a). 33.6mm. Silver. George Morgan (Obv.) & Charles Barber (Rev.), Sc. Lovely About Uncirculated, with just a tiny bit of rub on the high points. The obverse bust of Hayes is a reduction of the portrait used on the Presidential Series medal (PR-19). Barber's fine looking reverse depicts Liberty and Justice before a coining press with a Latin inscription in the exergue that translates as, "Let not the State receive any harm". (G) 195 1884 ASSAY MEDAL. AC-27. 33mm. Copper. George Morgan, Sc. Choice About Uncirculated condition, with a tiny dark spot behind the neck. The obverse depicts a bust left of President Arthur, a

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    Auction Sixty

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch found records substanti- ating 30 bronze strikings. This is the only medal in the series which uses this particular reverse. (G) 1880 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC-20. 33.5mm. Copper.bronzed. George Morgan (Obv.) & William Barber (Rev.), Sc. About Uncirculated with several spots on Hayes’ neck and a few tiny ones in the field. Obverse bust of Hayes to the left. Reverse with a kneeling figure of a partially robed woman lighting the lamp of learning. (F) 1884 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC 27. 33mm. Copper. George Morgan.Sc. Choice About Uncirculated with a tiny dark spot behind the neck. The obverse depicts a bust left of President Arthur, a reduction from Morgan’s medal for the Mint’s Presi- dential Series. The reverse depicts a robed woman instruct- ing a small youth in the use of balance scales.

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    Auction Sixty Two

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch found records substantiating 30 bronze strikings. This is the only medal in the series which uses this particular reverse. (G) 1883 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC-26. 33.5mm. Copper. George Morgan, Sc. Uncirculated, but with several tiny rim nicks. The obverse features a bust left of President Arthur, while the re- verse bears a scene of a robed woman in classical dress in- structing a small boy in the use of balance scales. (F) 1884 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC 27. 33mm. Copper. George Morgan, Sc. Choice About Uncirculated with just a touch of rub on the woman’s shoulder on the reverse. The obverse depicts a bust left of President Arthur, a reduction from Morgan's medal for the Mint's Presidential Series. The re- verse depicts a robed woman instructing a small youth in the use of balance scales.

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    Charles McSorley Collection of Nineteenth Century Political Campaign Tokens

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch found records substantiating 30 bronze strikings. This is the only medal in this series which uses this particular reverse. (G) 340. 1884 ASSAY MEDAL. JK- AC-27. 33.7mm. Copper. George Morgan, Sc. Choice Uncirculated. The obverse bears a bust left of President Arthur, a reduction from Morgan’s medal for the Mint Presidential Series. The reverse depicts a robed \ 344. 1913 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC-57. 44mm. Bronze. Charles Barber (Obv.) & George Morgan (Rx.), Sc. Uncirculated. The obverse portrait of President William Howard Taft is a reduc- tion of the Presidential Series medal. Morgan's reverse de- picts two seated genii, facing each other, holding a plaque inscribed 1913, upon which is perched an eagle. Only 25 medals were struck in bronze and none in silver From our 1991 Gold

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    Hard Times Sale

    Highlight: MINT MEDALS Julian & Keusch speculate that the other two figures may be Henry Voigt, the first chief coiner and Robert Scot ( Engraver) or Tristam Dalton (Treasurer. ) The eagle is said to bear a striking resemblance to the pair of eagles at the entrance of the present U.S. Mint at Philadelphia. The 1951 Assay Medal is extremely rare. The author of the OTACS pamphlet which described the Assay Medals from 1942 through 1976 states that only 26 were struck. To out- knowledge, the 1951 medal has never been offered at auction and is missing in every collection of which we are aware. Of course, ever rarer than the 1951 medal would be these die trials, which are most likely unique. The only other Assay Medal die trial of which we are aware is a uniface bronze reverse of the 1919 Assay Medal which

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    Richard B. Dusterberg Collection of Official Presidential Inaugural Medals and Memorabilia

    Highlight: Julian/Keusch found records sub- stantiating only 4 silver and 30 bronze strikings. We note only two offerings of the silver medal in the past 20 years. This is the only medal in this series which uses this partial-', lar reverse. The Dreyfuss, Fred and Salisbury Collections i were all without an example. This specimen is from the j Virgil Brand Collection, #1108. where brought $1320.00. ★ 80

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    Richard B. Dusterberg Collection of Official Presidential Inaugural Medals and Memorabilia

    Highlight: that the people should receive no harm from dishonest Mint officials.’' Julian & Keusch comment that the C.E.B. initialed reverse appears to he the one which was used for distribution to the commissioners. It is known in both copper and silver, while the reverse signed with only a “B" is known only in copper. 30 silver medals were struck with 3 subsequently melted. From the Springfield Collection, #4110, where it brought $500.00 Rogers Fred specimen which brought $715.00. This exam 4 pie is from our 1987 sale of the Robert Whiteheac/i Collection, #385 (previously from B&M’s Sale of 3/85 where‘s I it was described as “possibly unique. ”) . Julian notes that] I the Mint records do not mention that any silver medal fon this date was struck although the striking of one silver spec - j imen is

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    Richard B. Dusterberg Collection of Official Presidential Inaugural Medals and Memorabilia

    Highlight: According to the notes on the 1925 Assay medal in Julian-Keusch, this portrait met with the President’s disapproval because it showed him “ too heavy in the face, ” and the President “ wanted a much thin- Lot 454 ner visage. ” Morgan complied with this request and th result was an obverse portrait showing Coolidge with longer and thinner nose and more definition to his facie, features, making him appear thinner. In addition, the head appears larger than on the 1924 date, medal and a smaller portion of the coat and the tie is show r. This new portrait appears on the official first term min medal and on the 1925 Assay Commission medal. For com parison purposes, an example of the first term medal r included with this lot. (76mm. Unc.) From our 1991 Auction Fifty, #331, where it brough $462.00

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    Arlie Slabaugh Collections

    Highlight: ” Julian & Keusch comment that the C.E.B. initialed reverse appears to be the one which was used for distribution to the commissioners. It is known in both copper and silver, while the reverse signed with only a “B" is known only in copper. 30 silver medals were struck with 3 subsequently melted. (G-H) 255. 1885 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC-28. 33.7mm. Silver. George Morgan, Sc. A lovely toned brilliant proof with a few minor field marks. The obverse bears a bust left of President Arthur, a reduction from Morgan’s medal for the Mint Presidential Series. The reverse depicts a robed woman in classical dress instructing a youth in the use of a balance scale. This 1 885 issue is one of the rarest Assay medals of the era. It was missing in both the Drey fuss and Fred Collections. A brilliant proof brough

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    Arlie Slabaugh Collections

    Highlight: Julian & Keusch comment on this medal as follows: “ Because the matter had apparently been overlooked, there was a last minute decision to mule the obverses of two regular presi- dential medals then being sold by the Mint. The reverse die (Washington) was first prepared about 1903 by the Mint engraving staff and uses the DuVivier bust from the Washington before Boston medal (MI-1). Medals passed out to commissioners had the inscription ANNUAL ASSAY 1936 incised on the edge. This is one of the rarest of all modern Assay medals and is the subject of strong competition amongst collectors. A specimen in the Drey fuss Sale ( 1986) brought $4400.00. The year 1936 also marks the beginning of difficulties for collectors in obtaining specimens; those prior to 1936 are much easier to obtain than

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    Arlie Slabaugh Collections

    Highlight: Julian & Keusch chose not to consider this as a true Assay Commission medal stating, “There was no special Assay Commission medal for 1954. The commissioners, acting on a suggestion by E. Ward Russell, chose the regular Lincoln presidential medal, (by George Morgan, PR- 12); their names were engraved on the edge. Many collectors do not therefore consider this a regu- lar Assay medal. This medal is still for sale by the Mint. ” May the Heavens not fall, but 1 would take issue with Julian 59 ★

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    Robert Marcus Collection of Lincoln Campaign Tokens

    Highlight: Julian & Keusch chose not to consider this as a true Assay Commission medal staling, "There was no special Assay Commission medal for 1954. The commissioners, acting on a suggestion by E. Ward Russell, chose the regular Lincoln presidential medal, (by George Morgan, PR- 12); their names were engraved on the edge. Many collectors do not therefore consider this a regu- lar Assay medal. This medal is still for sale by the Mint.” In our last sale, we offered the E. Ward Russell specimen of the 1954 medal and argued (apparently successfully) that it should be considered a legitimate Assay Commission medal. That medal realized $5635.00. This medal differs in two re- spects from Mr. Russell's specimen. ( 1 ). The Russell example was gold plated - this one is not; (2) Russell’s medal was edge

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    Presidential Coin and Antique Company Sale #86

    Highlight: Julian & Keusch note that “Mint department records show that only ten silver medals (delivered on March 2, well after the annual meeting) were struck in 1905. In 1906 another silver and bronze were reported. As there are as many recorded auction appearances for this 1905 medal as there are for silver TR assay medals with reported mintages of 40, we suspect that there were more than 11 silver 1905 medals struck. ($1000-1500) Lot 308 1907 ASSAY MEDAL. JK-AC-51; Fuld RO. 1907.2. 39.2 x 55.4mm. Silver. Charles Barber (Obv.) & George Morgan (Rev.), Sc. Choice Uncirculated. Obverse with portrait of Theodore Roosevelt facing left, inscriptions above and below. The reverse contains Morgan’s depiction of the arms of the Treasury Department with an inscription below. Because of the Roosevelt

    Sale #86 of tokens, medals, and exonumia of this longstanding auction firm.

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    TAMS Journal, Vol. 36, No. 4

    1/8/1996

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch JK-AC- 48. ROOSEVELT OBV: Fob, almost square. In three lines, ROOSEVELT / 1904/1 908 / WASHINGTON REV: blank Size: 38x45mm. Metal: brass; letters incuse and enam- eled black Aupist 1996 113

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    United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins: Paper Money and Historical Medals

    Highlight: Julian- Keusch AC-33-S. Benjamin Harrison. Choice Bril- liant Uncirculated. A small nick over ear, the reverse Gem with delicate steel and russet toning. In leather case of issue, an old 1946 B.G. Johnson label on top, overdated on a 1933 label. 775 1890 Assay Commission Medal. Copper bronzed. J-K AC-33-C. Benjamin Harrison. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. Tiny contact marks on Columbia on the reverse. Rich red gold color. 776 1899 Assay Commission Medal. Silver. J-K AC-43-S R-5) William McKinley. Gem Brilliant Uncircu- lated, rose gold and iridescent obverse, lighter steel cincl rusH(*t rovorst*. VARIA Lot No. 777 777 1893 Columbian Exposition Box Medal. (Silver Dollar Size). Sterling silver. When opened it displays Columbus in punch/allegorical form. Uncirculated with lovely toning. Lot No.

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    Americana Colonial and Federal Coins, Medals and Currency [01/12/1999]

    Highlight: 237 Julian-Keusch AC-40. Annual Assay Medal, 1896. Silver, 33.5mm, 315.5 grns. By Charles E. Barber, George T. Morgan. Grover Cleveland bust r. Rv. Pru- dence holds mirror and scales, Pallas on Greek coin at r. One of 37 Silver struck. Choice Extremely Fine. Ex Charles McSorley Collection (Presidential Coin and Antique, July 1998, lot 575). *Illustrated on Pages 43, 49 — 45 —

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    The Philadelphia Americana Sales

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC-10. Rarity-5. Copper. MS-63 RB (NGC). 33.6 millimeters. Obv: Archimedes standing in archway, no signature below. Rev: ornate frame encloses ANNUAL ASSAY 1871. Ember-glow- ing metallic orange and electric-blue patina. Bid online at www.stacksbowers.com Page 27

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    The Rich Uhrich Collection

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC- 3566 AC-50. Assay Commission Plaquette, 1906. Silver, 39.1 x 55.3mm. By Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Choice About Uncir- culated. Obv. Frock-coated Theodore Roos- evelt bust 1. Rev. Treasury seal with elaborate mantling, M/NT. OF. THE. UNITED. STATES./ ANNUAE. ASSAY. 1906. Delicately brushed surfaces, one of 56 Silver struck. Ex Thomas H. Sebring and Gunther P. Garbe Gollections (Bowers & Merena, March 1996, Eot 3576). Another area of interest closely related to the Inaugural Medals is the listing of political campaign Medals and Medalets, pieces struck since the early 19th century that bring to life the often uproarious campaigns that saw parades, barbeques, raucous debates, and sloganeering that entertained the voters of those times. A panorama of political

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    The Keusch, Snow, & Del Zorro Collections

    Highlight: Boyd and David Dreyfuss and unlisted in Julian-Keusch. From the collection of the great Virgil M. Brand and very possibly struck especially for him. Pleasing light gray, subtly matte surfaces. Choice Uncircu- lated. From the Virgil M. Brand Collection (Bowers & Merena's Saccone Sale, November 1989, Lot 3486). 5273 U.S. Assay Commission Medal, 1891. Silver, 33.7mm, 3.5mm thick, 26.61 grams. By Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. JK AC-34. Rarity-5. Obv. Recently deceased Treasury Secretary William Windom bust % r. Rev. Bearded assayer at furnace, SCI- - 342 -

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    The Keusch, Snow, & Del Zorro Collections

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch unlisted in this form. Obv. Large bust of Benjamin Harrison 1., finely beaded border. Rev. Prudence stands with mirror and scales regarding an ancient Greek coin depicting Minerva in Corinthian helmet at r., legend .THE. MINT. OF. THE. UNITED. STATES. ANNUAL. ASSAY 1897. This remarkable As- say Commission medal was part of the famous Virgil M. Brand Collection, described in the Saccone Sale of November 1989 as "an impossible muling, a combination of the 1892 Benjamin Harrison obverse and the 1897 Grover Cleveland reverse. A second rarity doubtless created as a delight for a collector." Given the pedigree to Virgil Brand it would be no great leap in judgment to suggest that the Chicago millionaire brewer himself might well have been the influential collector hinted at in that

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    The Keusch, Snow, & Del Zorro Collections

    Highlight: Julian- Keusch includes this medal in silver and bronze only. The present unlisted white metal example originated in the famous Virgil M. Brand Collection and is housed in a fitted case lined with purple velvet. It is accompanied by a handwritten ticket from Burdette G. Johnson's appraisal of the Brand Estate noting, "1902 Assay White metal. Unique, only 1 made." Wonderful silvery surfaces join a diamond-sharp strike for this one-of-a-kind medal destined to be the showpiece of some great collection. Choice Uncircu- lated. From the Virgil M. Brand Collection (Bowers & Merena's Saccone Sale, November 1989, Eot 3495). 5295 U.S. Assay Commission Plaquette, 1904. Silver, 56.5 x 39.7mm, 54.85 grams. By George T. Morgan. JK AC-48. Rarity-5. Obv. Half-length bust of Theodore Roosevelt 1. Rev.

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    The Keusch, Snow, & Del Zorro Collections

    Highlight: According to Julian-Keusch, this was the last Assay Commission Medal to be struck in only in silver. Choice Uncirculated. Desirable Johnson-Kennedy Assay Commission Medal 5346 U.S. Assay Commission Medal, 1964. Bronze, 57mm. By Gilroy Roberts and Edward R. Grove. JK AC-108. Rarity-7. Obv. Lyndon Baines Johnson bust 1. reduced from the Mint Presidential Medal. Rev. Legend UNITED STATES MINT AT PHIEADEEPHIA, AN- NUAL ASSAY/ COMMISSION/ 1964 around hand holding the new Kennedy half dollar. The background presents an array of the weighing and testing equipment used by the Commission. Here is a medal sought by Assay specialists, U.S. Mint medal collectors and Kennedy enthusiasts. Plain edge, standard mint tan-gold patina shows the toning that is typical of the sandblast finish used for most

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    The Americana Sale

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch Assay Medal AC-77, but lacks the Commission inscription below the building. Plawless light tan patina. From the Western Reserve Historical Society. WASHINGTONIANA 5607 1776 (i.e. 1859) Siege of Boston medal. Baker 50A. Copper. Proof-64 BN (NGC). 31.6mm. Equestrian figure of Washington on the obverse with city scene behind and rows of tents to the left. The reverse depicts a laurel wreath, with Siege Of / Boston / 1775-6 in the center and Lovett's Series NO. 2 Philada: below. Medium brown toning with some mottling and a couple of moderate hairlines in the obverse fields. Listed as a Rarity-5 on the Rulau-Euld scale, with their estimate of 75 to 199 known of this issue. Ever Popular Washington-Franklin Medal with the American Beaver Reverse 5608 1776 (i.e. 1807)

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    The New York Americana Sale

    Highlight: Julian- Keusch AC-5. Rarity-5. By William Barber. Choice Uncirculated. 4.3 grams. Obv. Liberty seated in voluminous cloak without border of stars. Struck with replacement die after breaking of the 13-star die. Rev. Oak and laurel enclose ANNUAL/ ASSAY/ 1869, LET US HAVE PEACE. Motto recalls Ulysses S. Grant's election as President. A tall, thin extruded "fin" at obverse right shows some bends, medal is in a fitted, purple velvet-lined case whose lid saw some handling. From the Collection of Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. 4835 1870 U.S. Assay Commission Medal. Copper bronzed, 33.4mm. By William Barber. JK AC-8. Rarity-3. Uncirculated. 21.3 grams. Obv. Standing Moneta holding scales and serpent of immortality Ourobouros. Exergue, minute /. POLLOCK DIRECTOR. Rev.

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    Selections from the Estate of Louis E. Eliasberg, Jr. and the Collection of Chester L. Krause

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC-106. Rarity-7. Obv. President Kennedy bust 1. reduced from the Mint's Presidential Medal. Rev Mint worker pouring molten metal into ingot molds, design of the 1939 Assay Medal. Edge inscribed LOUIS ELIASBERG Jr, to whom this piece was awarded for his service on the 1962 Assay Com- mission. Standard matte finish, as issued, but with a couple of minor toning spots. Housed in its official plush-lined case. The medal is accompanied by Mr. Eliasberg's personal notebook, compiled in a flexible file folder, relating to his invitation to be a member of the United States Assay Commission of 1962, certainly as important if not more so than the medal itself. The notebook includes instructions for operations to be performed, correspondence relating to his appoint- ment at the

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    The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC-33. Mint State. Dies by Charles Barber and George Morgan. Attractive and lively silver gray with some gold and navy blue highlights. Surfaces textured but not quite matte, something like the 1915 Panama-Pacific quarter eagle. The obverse depicts a reduction of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential medal, also used on the extremely rare 1890 Harrison round Indian Peace medal. The only flaw on this specimen is a neatly scratched GSB with a careful hand atop the cherub on reverse (perhaps the child of Commission member Dr. George Barker?). The Keusch specimen of this medal in silver brought just over $1,000 in our (Stacks) November 2008 sale. Among the members of the 1890 Assay Commission were Byron Reed of Nebraska and John Jay Knox, the author of the Mint Act of 1873 and forme

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    The March 2016 Baltimore Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: The Julian-Keusch reference lists this medal only in bronze, and indeed the only example of this type offered in our (Stacks) November 2008 sale of the extensive Keusch Collection was in that composition. This is the first gilt example of JK AC-84 that we can recall handling, and it may very well be unique in this fabric. It is at least very rare, and is a piece that would serve as a highlight in an advanced collection of this popular medal series. PCGS# 594556. Bid online at www.stacksbowers.coni Page 21

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    The November 2013 Baltimore Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch Uncataloged. Choice Mint State. Perhaps due to the change in administration at the Mint, a special Assay Commission Medal was not produced for the 22 members of the annual assay in 1954. Instead, it was determined that the regular U.S. Mint medal for Abraham Lincoln would be modified for presentation to the members. Specifications stated that the name of each member be added to the edge of the medal. Actually, further changes were made as well: the usual yellow bronze finish was replaced with a matte gilt finish which highlighted the Presidential features not found on the regular strikes. Also, the edge inscription was, in actuality, much more than just the members name. The inscription of this medal reads ALFRED D. NORRIS MEMBER OF 1954 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION. This specimen i

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    The November 2016 Baltimore Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC- 104. Rarity-7. Near Mint State. Like most modern Assay Commission medals, this is an exceptionally elusive piece, missing from most cabinets of Assay medals. The only sale we have been able to track was in our (Bowers and Merena) sale of the Dreyfuss collection in April, 1986. In that sale Q. David Bowers described the unusual mottled matte gray/ silver finish as “Florentine-style toning”, a finish not used by the mint before or since. No other sales of this piece seem to be noted in any other public auction in the 30 years since then. Additionally, none are listed as being certified by either PCGS or NGC. Further confirmation of its rarity is demonstrated by the fact that it was absent from the Ernest E. Keusch collection, widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive

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    The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, U.S. Coins

    Highlight: The last one we recall handling was in the incredible cabinet of these medals formed by Julian Keusch, sold by us (Stacks) in November 2008. Keusch was the author of the standard reference on these medals and aggressively sought out examples for his own collection for years, going as far as contacting commissioners’ family members in hopes of finding the medals. The Keusch example does not seem to have been inscribed to the recipient, as is this one, and as was typical in this period. Allen B. Endicott, Jr. was an attorney with the firm of Endicott and Endicott in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the city of his birth in 1887, and later, a judge with the U.S. District Court. 22504 1971 Assay Commission Medal. Bronze. 56 mm. By Frank Gasparro. JK AC-115. Rarity-7. MS 65 (NGC). Slightly mottled

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    Americana: Colonial and Federal Coins, Medals and Currency

    Highlight: Authors Julian & Keusch point out the curious fact that the 1966 meded uniquely lacks reference to the Mint, Phila- delphia, or the United States, Housed in a black box lined with royal blue velvet and satin. Not a modern mint restrike. Medal, certificate and box, for 3 pieces. This and the 1946 Assay Commission medal above were awarded to Dr. Irl C. Schoonover for service on the Commission. At first glance, it appears odd that he served twice with so many intervening decades. His repeat membership on the Commission is not so strange when considering his biography. Dr. Irl Corley Schoonover was born in Belington, West Virginia in 1906. His undergraduate and masters degrees in chemistry were both received from George Washington University, while he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from

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    The Norweb Collection and Other Important Properties

    Highlight: The Julian Keusch work doe^ not ’-m

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    The Americana Sale: United States Coins, Medals and Paper Money

    Highlight: Julian-Keusch AC-66. About Uncir- culated. Obv. Treasury Secretary George W. Mellon bust 1. Rev. Defiant eagle on shield. Assay Commission legend. Tan-gold patina. From the Rocky Mountain Collection. 6743 First Japanese Embassy Medal, 1860. Copper bronzed, 76.4mm, 8.5mm thick. By Anthony C. Paquet. Julian CM-23. Choice Extremely Fine. Obv. President James Buchanan bust r., signature Paquet F. below. Rev. 8-line commemoration of the FIRST EMBASSY FROM JAPAN TO THE UNITED STATES 1860. This light brown medal bears the second obverse, prepared by Paquet after the first die signed Ellis-Paquet, broke in April 1860. From the Rocky Mountain Collection. 6744 Independence Centennial Medal, 1876. Copper bronzed, 57.5mm. By William Barber. Julian CM-11. Extremely Fine- About Uncirculated. Obv. Libert

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