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GLEANINGS FROM RECENT CATALOGS: STACK'S JULY 2008 SALES
Since the topic of Stack's catalogs came up, I thought I'd highlight a few lots from their upcoming July 27th sale of The Samuel Berngard and S.S. New York Collections. Pulling together the text and images takes time, so I can't do this regularly, but I welcome reader suggestions on interesting auction lots (from any firm) to highlight for discussion. -Editor
Lot 3081: Daniel Webster. 1841/1837. Low-63, Rulau HT-21, DeW. CE.1838-5. (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00095437)
A classic Hard Times Token design. -Editor
Lot 3144: New York. New York City. Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger. Three Cents. 1837. (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00095528)
A great example of the Feuchtwanger token with an interesting counterstamp. -Editor
New York. New York City. Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger. Three Cents. 1837. Low-118A, Rulau HT-unlisted. Feuchtwanger's composition. Rarity-8. Choice Uncirculated. Prooflike. Reeded edge. 106.7 gns. 24.9 mm. Struck coin turn.
Obverse and reverse types as Low-118 but counterstamped at the top of the reverse JMP in logotype. The counterstamp applied carefully with thought to its placement in the space between W and the leaf below it. Ford's was counterstamped just like this, too.
Who JMP was or why he thought to counterstamp his logotype on a scarce token is still a mystery.
Lot 3355: Illinois. Chicago. C.D. Peacock. . Low-366, Rulau HT-M19 (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00097898)
Classic sentiment on a classic token design. -Editor
Lot 3443: Massachusetts. Springfield. Pioneer Baseball Club. 1858. Miller Ma 529, Bolen 1. (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00098086)
Another classic design - Bolen's baseball player. This one graces the cover of Katie Jaeger's new book. -Editor
2239: 1850 Baldwin & Co. $10 gold. K-3. Rarity-6. Horseman or Vaquero.
The famous golden Horseman or Vaquero, Spanish for cowboy... Only eight appearances of this famous issue were listed in the Dannreuther-Garrett reference, those crossing the auction block between January 1994 and November 2002; other appearances have occurred since then. The golden Horsemen has long been a focal point of famous collections, among them the cabinets of Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., John Jay Pittman, and the spectacular Harry W. Bass, Jr. specimen...
Lot 3686: GREAT LOCO FOCO JUGGERNAUT (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00104427)
'GREAT LOCO FOCO JUGGERNAUT, A NEW CONSOLE-A-TORY SUB-TREASURY RAG MONSTER... 12-1/2 CENTS [or] GOOD FOR A SHAVE..' Ca.1837. No location.
A defining satirical cartoon in the form of a slightly oversized obsolete banknote of the period. Engraved by David Claypool Johnston, without imprint. The designs and texts are extremely detailed (easily the most complex of the period).
Lot 4314: 1837 Half Dollar (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00102205)
Not to overlook the regular issue U.S. coins, here's a decent example of an early U.S. half dollar. -Editor
Lot 2085: 1834-37 C. Bechtler $5 gold. (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00107971)
The only private gold coin recovered from the wreck of the S.S. New York, but one that illustrates the wide acceptance of the Bechtler coinage in commercial trade even more than a decade after the original issue, and a considerable distance away from the site of production and release in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
This is among the most interesting of all Bechtler issues from an historical viewpoint. It bears the day date of August 1, 1834. Bechtler was aware that the Coinage Act of June 28, 1834, changed the composition and weight of gold coins, making them lighter than before, permitting them to circulate once again. No gold coins had been seen in domestic circulation since 1820, for the international price of gold bullion was at a higher level than the face value imprinted upon federal coins. Coins that did circulate, including the Bechtler issues, were taken in not at their face value but based upon their bullion content, resulting in each selling at a premium.
I'd be remiss not to include one of the coins recovered from the wreck of the S.S. New York. I like this one, finding it interesting for the same reasons as the cataloguer. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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