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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 53, December 24, 2000, Article 6


Mike Hodder submitted a Press Release for the upcoming January sale at Stack's, excerpted below:

"A numismatic highlight of the sale is the Crosby Collection of colonial electrotypes that B. Max Mehl once owned. After careful research it appears that these were made by or for Sylvester S. Crosby, who used several of them as illustrations in his The Early Coins of America. Several of the electrotypes bear annotations on their backs that may be in Crosby's hand."

Some other lots of possible interest to E-Sylum subscribers may include:

"a very rare Maryland Lord Baltimore Groat (or Fourpence), the Large Head variety"

"a teapot fashioned by New Yorker Ephraim Brasher, maker of the famed Brasher Doubloon. The teapot has Brasher's full name hallmark on the bottom."

In Washingtoniana, "examples of the rare Victor Sine Clade and a uniface oval funeral badge struck in copper and described as the only one available to collectors."

In Western Americana, "the unique 1851 $50 slug with the J.T. Jones counterstamp, an historic record of San Francisco's vigilante days."

"Western Assay Bars follow, highlighted by the unique 1856 $40.20 Blake & Company bar, the only dated gold Blake bar known. One of only two known James King of William $20 gold bars is another star attraction of the firm's sale. Other bars and ingots include unparted bars made by Frank Blake of Idaho Territory "

In Fractional Currency, "featured are further selections from the David Proskey Estate and duplicates from the H.K. Crofoot Collection."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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