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The E-Sylum: Volume 21, Number 30, July 29, 2019, Article 25

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JULY 29, 2018

Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

Sikyonia Silver Stater

Sikyonia Silver Stater obverse Sikyonia Silver Stater reverse

COIN, SIKYONIA, SICYON, STATER, AU(55-58), SILVER, BCD PELOPONNESOS:219

A high-condition example of a very clean, modern-looking design. from the NumisCorner web site. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
COIN, SIKYONIA, SICYON, STATER, AU(55-58), SILVER, BCD PELOPONNESOS:219 (https://www.numiscorner.com/collections/whats-new/products/coin-sikyonia-sicyon-stater-au55-58-silver-bcd-peloponnesos-219)

1825 Tees Bank Five Pound Banknote

1825 Tees Bank Five Pound banknote

I saw this note in Pam West's Newsletter #95. Pam's web site is http://britishnotes.co.uk/ . -Editor

1895 Agricultural Medal

1895 Agricultural Medal

Description: Agricultural medal in bronze, (47mm) by Ottley, Birmingham, obverse three sheep in meadow, reverse inscribed 'To/Fred Rose Esq/in/Commemoration/of the Harvest/at/Braeton of Leys/Sept 1895' within open wreath. With slight cabinet friction, otherwise nearly extremely fine

From the upcoming August 1, 2018 Noble Numismatics auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 1515: Great Britain - Historical Medals (https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/great-britain-historical-medals-E0A4A84BD9)

1936 Sun Yat-sen Pattern Half Dollar

1936 Sun Yat-sen Pattern Half Dollar obverse 1936 Sun Yat-sen Pattern Half Dollar reverse

This week’s preview for the Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction contains a very rare pattern Half Dollar featuring the distinctive and ever popular Sun Yat-sen portrait and Junk boat design. This pattern coin was minted in San Francisco in 1936 at the request of the Chinese government. At that time the U.S. government held approximately three million fine ounces of silver that belonged to the Chinese government. These coins were to be smaller in size than the previous Sun Yat-sen coinage issues. The U.S. government coerced the Chinese government to continue striking silver coinage, despite the Chinese currency reforms enacted just a year earlier. One of the points of the reforms was to establish currency whose convertibility was not tied to silver. The reform also prohibited the circulation of silver Dollar coins within China. The continued production of silver coins was to cease, except as token coins.

The main obverse design features the widely recognized bust of Dr. Sun Yat-sen facing left created by A. Motti of Italy and furthered refined by John Sinnock of the Philadelphia Mint. The obverse legend states: “25th Year of the Republic of China.” The reverse displays the iconic Junk boat image, with two sails as it glides across the water to the right. Two Chinese characters for “Half Dollar” appear on either side of boat.

From an article by Chris Chatigny in Stack's Bowers weekly E-Newsletter Vol 7, No. 30. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
60477 CHINA. Pattern 1/2 Dollar (50 Cents), Year 25 (1936). San Francisco Mint. NGC MS-63 (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-BF57D)

1945 Franklin Roosevelt Commemorative Medal

1945 Franklin Roosevelt Commemorative Medal obverse 1945 Franklin Roosevelt Commemorative Medal reverse

Description: 1945 Commemorative Medal To Honor President Roosevelt After He Died, the obverse reads For Country And Humanity ... Died April 12, 1945, In Memoriam, brass, 3 wide, 1/8 thick, crisp, hefty

1945 Franklin Roosevelt Commemorative Medal obverse JRG signature

The obverse is signed "J.R.G", and the reverse is signed SINNOCK. "SINNOCK" of course is U.S. Mint engraver John R. Sinnock. The 1945 Roosevelt Inaugural medal was done by Jo Davidson. So who is J.R.G.? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 1043: 1945 Commemorative Medal (https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-7114E33800)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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