"I visited with the relatives of Jacob
Perkins (with the same last name) during the year 1958-9 in
Newburyport. They only had two numismatic items in their
possession. One was the oval gold funeral medal (Baker
169) in an ornate case with Masonic symbols in it. They agreed
to sell me the medal for $150, but retained the case which they
donated to the local historical society. I unfortunately did not
get a photo of the case.
In addition, they had a coin die of Baker 60,, the General of
the Armies colonial coin, obverse only. They wanted $5,000
for the die, and I could not offer them even a fraction of that.
I did contact Mrs. R. H. Norweb to see if she wanted to
purchase the die and donate it to the ANS. She politely refused.
Later in the year, Albert Collis purchased the die for an
undisclosed price. As it is well known, this die was the source
of the uniface Collis restrikes that appeared on the market. The
die was a SOHO product, probably Hancock, which Perkins
must of picked up when he visited London in the early 1800's."
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