Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 112

September 1-4, 2019 Pre Long Beach Auction

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Lot 991
1777 Ben Franklin Terra Cotta Medallion Plaque. Produced in France in 1777, by Jean-Batiste Nini (1717-1786), 4.5" diameter. The Italian artist Jean Baptiste (or Giovanni Battista) Nini, based his portrait of Franklin on a drawing byh Thomas Walpole, the young son of an associate of Franklin. The bas-relief medallion is enclosed by a narrow moulding with the interior filled from rim to rim with a relief poertrait of Franklin's head and shoulders, facing left, wearing a close-fitting fur cap and dressed in a coat open at the neck, at which the ruffles of his neckwear are partially visible. The medallion is inscribed in serif Roman capitals around the inner edge of the moulded border. B. FRANKLIN, AMERICAN. Under ethe tranche of the shoulder is a shield bearing a lightning rod and thunderbolt, with a crown as its cresst. The mark impressed under the shouder is Nini / F 1777.
On verso of the medallion, lightly inscribed in fine ink is the well known Latin motto verse by Diderot "You see the wise man in his wisdom, whose happy male kind, seized the lightning from the heavens and the scepter from the tyrant."

Except for a small chip on the reverse not effecteing either the obverse or the text. Rare and in demand. Extremely Fine or better. Estimate Value $1,000 - UP
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Lot 992
A Masonic Gold Medal. Symbol of Knights Templar (Freemasonry) on the obverse. Robert Laslo Lodge, Shelinah Chapter. Marked as "Presented to C. M. Rimbach, March 1907" on the edges. Engraved legends on the back. Good enamel quality but missing the diamond in the center of the front side. Estimate Value $175 - UP
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Lot 993
  The Fullerton coin shop holding of medals, tokens, etc. Some items are made of sterling silver, but mostly bronze medals. Has been sitting in the coin store for over 50 years. Some scarce items in this lot. We highly recommend spending the time viewing this large lot that filled up 3 mail bins. Estimate Value $4,000 - UP
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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Lot 994
  A lot of Meteorite Medals. Consists of medals for: Northwest Africa 2995 from the Moon; Northwest Africa 869, Sahara Desert 2000; Northwest Africa 2986 from Mars; Campo del Cielo, Argentina 1576. Each medal comes with a small piece of the Meteorite. Lot of 4 medals. Estimate Value $300 - UP
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Lot 995
  A lot of U.S. medals. Mostly common but still worth looking at. Estimate Value $100 - UP
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