Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 23

Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction


U.S. Coins - Type Sets and Medals
 
 
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Lot 3526
  A Type Set of Nickels. Consists of: 1843 Half dime MS-63; 1867 No Rays AU-58; 1883 No CENTS MS-65; 1938-D Buffalo MS-65; 1938-D Jefferson MS-65. Mounted into a custom Lucite holder. Lot of 5 coins.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Realized
$299
Lot 3527
  A 20th Century Type Set of U S Coins. Indian Cent to Ike Dollar. Most in Brilliant Uncirculated condition with a few gems. Mounted in a custom Capital plastic holder. Lot of 29 coins.
Estimated Value $1,800 - 2,000.
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Lot 3528
1776 "Washington Before Boston" Medal in White Metal, Extremely Fine. 68 mm, plain edge. Type of Baker 48, but in an unlisted alloy and with no edge markings. The "Washington Before Boston" medals come in a number of different varieties. The original medals, as well as later restrikes, were made at the Paris Mint. Others were made at the Philadelphia Mint from copy dies. Your cataloguer recalls striking lead versions of this medal on a screw press at the U.S. Mint exhibit at the 1973 A.N.A. convention in Boston, Massachusetts! The example offered here was struck sometime between 1835 and 1880 at the Paris Mint.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Realized
$259
Lot 3529
1805 George Washington "Eccleston" Medal in Copper, Extremely Fine. 76 mm. Baker 85. The best description for this medal can be found in Russ Rulau & George Fuld's "Medallic Portraits of Washington, 2nd Ed.", as follows: "Published by Daniel Eccleston of Lancaster, England. Dies cut by Thomas Webb, a British engraver who worked 1804-1827. This piece seemed to be issued with a twist of subtle satire. The obverse of the medal depicts Washington in a heavy suit of armor - 'a singular conceit,' notes Baker. The reverse has an Indian standing head downcast, with an arrow in his right hand and leaning on a bow. The, surrounding the Indian at center are the words THE LAND WAS OURS. The medal appears to be more of a commentary on the expropriation by colonists of Indian lands than a tribute to Washington. In fact the engraver chose armor to depict Washington as a warrior. Eccleston, an eccentric Quaker, had a lifelong interest in aboriginal rights…"
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 3530
(1815) Andrew Jackson Military Medal, Choice Uncirculated. Struck by the United States Mint to honor the military victory of future President Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. Listed as MI-15 in Robert Julian's magnificent "Medals of the United States Mint." 65 mm, made of mahogany-colored bronze. The dies for this medal were done by Mint Engraver Moritz Furst. The American Numismatic Society has the original gold version of this medal presented to Andrew Jackson -- it was reportedly found in a pawnshop!
Estimated Value $500 - 1,000.
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Realized
$518
Lot 3531
1876 Declaration of Independence Medal, Very Fine. Impressive 88 mm size. Made of White Metal by C.C. Wright. Slightly bent and lightly circulated, but otherwise decent. The obverse features Trumbull's painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence. The reverse lists many of the important events in American History leading up to the split from Great Britain in 1776. 1876 saw the creation of a variety of medals and tokens to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing.
Estimated Value $100 - 200.
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$127
Lot 3532
1883 Railroad Medal in Copper, Extremely Fine. 58 mm. Minor rim bruises on both sides. Issued at the National Exposition of Railway Appliances at Chicago in 1883. Engraved in the center of the back "Awarded to L. Manasse for Best Variety Engineers Drawing Tools." The front of the medal shows a period steam engine at center. The 1829 "Rocket" engine appears below.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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$104
Lot 3533
1900 Lesher Referendum "Dollar" converted into a "Life Saving Medal", Extremely Fine. Beautiful silver-gray and lilac toning on both sides. A unique and highly desirable variant of the 1900 Lesher Referendum "Dollar" (actually, with a stated value of $1.25), with the lower half of the obverse tooled off and engraved "Life Saving Medal / For Yen / From Crew of 1900." For more information on Lesher "Dollars", visit page 310 of the 2004 Red Book. This is by far the most interesting and unusual Lesher variant we have ever seen. We'd be curious to know if any of our readers know who Yen or the "Crew of 1900" are!
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,250.
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Realized
$2,530
Lot 3534
  1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt Official Inaugural Medal. Issued for his Fourth Inauguration, January 20, 1945. Only 3500 bronze medals were struck (no silver). Choice Uncirculated and very scarce.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$242
Lot 3535
  1974 Gerald R. Ford Official Gold Inaugural Medal. Struck in 18 K gold at the Medallic Art's Danbury, Connecticut facility. The 1¼ inch medal was issued at $395.00, 1550 were struck, and were soldout within a week. This was the first authorized official gold inaugural medal ever offered to the public. Gem Brilliant Proof in original box of issue.

Although President Ford signed the bill, which restored the rights for American citizens to own gold, within a week of his inauguration, the Treasury Department ruling were held up for clarification of the order. At a minute past midnight on December 31, 1974, the effective date of the new law, the first examples of this medal were struck. This marked the first time Americans could own gold since the ban was imposed by FDR in 1933.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$437
Lot 3536
1974 Gerarld R. Ford Official Inagural Medal Set. Official set of 4 medals consisting of: Gold-on-silver vermeil; Proof Silver; Antique Silver and Bronze. This encased four-medal set was issued for $325.00 and limited to 500 units.
Estimated Value $200 - 250.
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$138
Lot 3537
Early Plaster Cast from a James Madison Indian Peace Medal. 19th Century. Draped and cloaked half-length bust of Madison left; inscription: JAMES MADISON PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. A.D. 1809. Above the ID in president, a faint circle, indicating where the medal was to be pierced. On the lower rim, hardly to be seen in this cast is an R. for the engraver John Reich. Width: c. 75.5 mm. Set into a vintage hardwood frame (the glass probably replaced fairly recently). Comes with a recent U.S. Mint struck bronze restrike for comparison (also framed). Lot of 2 pieces.

It is impossible to discern to when the casting was made -- perhaps, at best, datable to the time when the medal was in the process of creation and early production, although a later date is the more likely. The 19th century saw the continued use of plaster and gutta-percha replicas, as was started in the 18th century, as a means of replicating objects and smaller works of art for collectors of less affluent means -- particularly in the realms of coins and medals, and glyptic arts.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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Realized
$173
Lot 3538
  The Official 1973 Presidential Inaugural Sterling Silver Plate for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. Designed and sculptured by Gilroy Roberts. Made by the Franklin Mint and beautifully packaged in a plush custom box as issued. In mint condition.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 3539
United Nations Silver Medal Commerating Richard Nixon's Vist to Peeking (42 mm). Proof. Dated February 21, 1972. (30.5 gr).
Estimated Value $50 - 60.
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Realized
$29
Lot 3540
  A Collection of Official Silver Inaugural Medals. Consists of the following Inaugural Medals: 1965 Lyndon Johnson, silver by Medallic Arts Co.; 1969 Richard Nixon, silver by Medallic Arts Co.; 1973 Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, silver proof by the Franklin Mint; 1973 Gerald Ford, silver proof by Medallic Arts Co.; 1973 Gerald Ford, silver uncirculated. by Medallic Arts Co.; Total of 5 medals.
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
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Realized
$196
Lot 3541
  A Lot of Official Bronze Inaugural Medals. Consists of the following official medals: 1965 Lyndon Johnson; 1969 Richard Nixon; 1973 Richard Nixon Proof Inaugural Medals (2); 1973 Gerald Ford. All in boxes as issued. Lot of 5 coins.
Estimated Value $75 - 100.
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$44
Lot 3542
  Group of 16 Bronze U.S. Mint Medals. Most were probably issued in the last 30 years. Inspection is urged.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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$58
Lot 3543
1933. So Called Dollar, HK-825. Pedley-Ryan Dollar. MS-63. These were struck in 1933 to provide small investors with an opportunity to speculate in the price of silver. After 1932, the minimum investment was a 1,000 silver bar. The Pedley-Ryan company hoped that this would provide an outlet for the large quantity of surplus silver on the market, and provide some price support for the metal, which was trading around 27 cents to the ounce at the time. It is thought that not more than 500 of these were issued on January 7, 1933, and production was halted when these soon started turning up in filling stations where customers used these in lieu of silver dollars, which were the same exact size. We note multiple cuttings on some letters, and an errant D or P below PEDLEY in the field. The silver was obtained from the Denver Mint, and these were sold at 3 to the dollar by the investment house named.
Estimated Value $50 - 75.
From the Benson collection and purchased from Ira S. Reed on March 9, 1945 for $2.50.

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$288
Lot 3544
1837 Feuchtwanger Cent. PCGS graded MS-65. Well struck and unusually lustrous. Listed on page 310 of the "Red Book". Popular one cent trial piece that circulated in the U.S. during 1836-1844. Pop of 8 with none higher. The finest example we have ever seen.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 2,200.
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Realized
$2,990






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