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The E-Sylum: Volume 21, Number 39, September 30, 2019, Article 20

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: SEPTEMBER 30, 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

Medusa Head Silver Denarius

Medusa Head Silver Denarius

The coinage of the moneyer L. Plautius Plancus is fascinating and has elicited several theories on why he chose the imagery he did. On the obverse of the coin is a mask of Medusa, a beauty turned into a gorgon by the enraged Athena when she broke a vow and married Poseidon instead of remaining celibate her entire life. The reverse shows a winged Aurora, goddess of dawn, holding the reins of four horses before her brother, the Sun.

From the stock of Shanna Schmidt - coin of the week from her September 28, 2018 email newsletter. -Editor

To read the complete item description, see:

L. Plautius Plancus, Rome, 47 BC (https://www.shannaschmidt.com/roman-repuclic/l-plautius-plancus-rome-47-bc?rq=rr1076)

1862 50¢ Western & Atlantic Rail Road Note

1862-50-Fifty-Cents-The-Western-Atlantic-Rail-Road scrip note

1862 50¢ Fifty Cents - The Western & Atlantic Rail Road

U.S. Civil War scrip is a fascinating area - I collected many of these notes over the years. Nice perforated cancellation on this one. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:

1862 50¢ Fifty Cents - The Western & Atlantic Rail Road (https://www.pristineauction.com/a1837013-1862-50-Fifty-Cents-The-Western-Atlantic-Rail-Road)

Squirrel Design Copper Galvano

Squirrel Design Copper Galvano obverse Squirrel Design Copper Galvano reverse

France SQUIRREL Unsigned copper galvano 142mm x 141mm by Thenot

Nice artwork. Is there a medal with this design? Squirrels are cute and furry. Plus, they're not cats. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:

France SQUIRREL Unsigned copper galvano 142mm x 141mm by Thenot (https://www.ebay.com/itm/153193144081)

Jersey Five Reichmark Token

Jersey Five Reichmark Token

Jersey German Occupation 5 Reich Mark token.

I don't believe I've ever seen one of these before. Can anyone fill us in on the history? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Jersey German Occupation 5 Reich Mark token. (www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/lot/fd15a6d6942a139dc10f5d30967ed99d/
0af8d24542e81eb9357e7ef448a6646f/antiques-interiors-and-collectables-auction-lot-33/)

1978 Zodiac Calendar Medal

1978 Zodiac Calendar Medal obverse 1978 Zodiac Calendar Medal reverse

Description: Medallic Art Co - Danbury, CT Zodiac bronze calendar paperweight dated 1977. Signed on edge. Excellent condition. 3"d.

I don't usually include images this large, but for this piece, why not? It's very elaborate - quite detailed and high relief. Very nice. QUICK QUIZ: who can tell us the artist's name? Click on the link or the image to see even larger versions of the image. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 470: Medallic Art Co - Danbury, CT Zodiac Bronze Calendar (https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-F1646A79C6)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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