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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 16

INTERESTING ITEMS IN THE STACKS RICH UHRICH SALE

[The February 26-27, 2008 Stack's auction of the Rich Uhrich
collection includes a number of interesting numismatic items.
I thought I'd mention a few which caught my eye.  Bibliophiles
should be sure to note that the sale include some items of
numismatic literature, two of which I highlight here.
-Editor]

LOT 3694: MCKINLEY-HOBART MECHANICAL GOLD BUG, 1896
 Hake MAC 189. Pressing the lever on the back releases
 wings which display photographic images of McKinley on
 the left and Hobart on the right. The images show some
 wear but are relatively complete. A decent example of
 this colorful campaign curio.
 Full Story

 [Related to Bryan Money and other political items from
 the 1896 election, this "gold bug" pin is among the most
 unique and interesting.  It may not be strictly numismatic,
 but it's sure a great conversation piece.  -Editor]

LOT 3750: PILGRIM LANDING TERCENTENNIAL MEDAL, 1920
 Bronze, 69.7mm. By G.L. Turner. Uncirculated. Obv. Landing
 boat grounding on Plymouth Rock, first Pilgrim debarking,
 21 December 1620. Rev. Mayflower at sea. Deep red patina.
 Full Story

 [This one is listed here simply because I like it - I was
 impressed by the image of this medal and think it's
 beautifully designed and executed.  Check it out.
 -Editor]

LOT 3758: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NUMISMATICS 1866-1924
 Bound in 17 half-leather octavo volumes (with gold-stamped
 spines showing five raised bands, each inscribed AMERICAN/
 JOURNAL OF/ NUMISMATICS, VOLUME X-X, dates and place of
 publication below, NEW YORK, BOSTON, BOSTON-NEW YORK, NEW
 YORK. Side boards are maroon cloth of great distinction.
 The earliest issues are printed on a lighter-weight paper
 than the glossy stock adopted later and the first issues
 show the expected but virtually imperceptible aging.
 Nearly all covers were well preserved and free of careless
 handling or damage.

 AJN is a basic research tool for anyone working in the
 field of American numismatics or seeking insights into
 American understanding of ancient and world coins, medals,
 tokens and paper money over some 80 years. The present
 set offers in addition sumptuous bindings that have been
 conserved in virtually pristine condition. Bibliophiles
 estimate that not more than 20 sets exist today, and
 finding a finer set might well prove impossible. Extremely
 Fine, what in the world of coins would be called About
 Uncirculated. (Total: 17 volumes) (15,000-17,500)
 Full Story

 [Complete sets of the AJN rarely come up for sale, and
 even more rarely in nice bindings.  The lot is not pictured,
 so potential buyers should arrange for a viewing, but this
 is a great opportunity for a serious and deep-pocketed
 bibliophile.  -Editor]

LOT 3767: ZABRISKIE CATALOGUE OF LINCOLN POLITICAL AND MEMORIAL MEDALS
 A Descriptive Catalogue of the Political and Memorial
 Medals Struck in Honor of Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth
 President of the United States. New York, Printed for
 the author, 1873. Octavo lavender paper covers, 32 pages.
 Very Fine. This is one of only 75 copies printed by this
 future American Numismatic Society President and Lincoln
 pioneer of Lincolniana, a rare seminal work sought by many
 collectors but seldom seen on the numismatic market. The
 cover shows light fading near the top. Ex 14th Kolbe-Spink
 Auction, December 1995, lot 376.

 [As we approach the Lincoln birth bicentennial, collectors
 should be reminder of the debt owed to early collectors
 like Zabriskie who cataloged and published their holdings
 of Lincoln material.  I'm very fortunate to have a copy
 of this very rare monograph in my library.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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