One can always count on the annual Americana auction to have an array of very interesting and unusual lots. Here are some that caught my eye. Click the lot title to view the full listing at the Stacks-Bowers web site.
Lot #6308. Mysterious Gold Medal Issued By Albert Wiss
40 millimeters. 80 grams. Obv: tables of numbers and letters with dates 1492, 1961 and 1942 around, as well as the inscription S. 40 - 80 G. at the top (referring to the size and weight of the medal). All rows, columns and diagonals add up to 16, as do the digits of the three years noted around the periphery. Rev: stars and numerals arranged in a pattern highly suggestive of the Sephirothic Tree of the later Kabbalists.
At the center, around a cross-like device, are the numbers 31 and 461538, both of which are significant to numerologists. Issued by Albert Wiss, whose name is inscribed in the lower obverse field above the date 1942. Bright, lustrous, yellow gold surfaces with no abrasions save for some wispy hairlines from handling. Accompanied by a small leather pouch for safe keeping.
Reportedly, medals of this type could be used to predict future events. Of numerology, Kabbalistic or perhaps even Masonic significance.
Lot #5055. Obsolete Notes. Long Branch, New Jersey. D. P. Peters-National Hotel.
Unlisted issuer in Wait. Imprint of Standard Print, Red Bank. Red 5 in center. Eagle under title, across center issuer name. Left end train. A wow note from the O'Mara collection. Very desired shore location and the only note from this emitter we have seen. Full wide margined and the minor foxing should be ignored. A stellar note. The unlisted Congress Hall note from here in the first sale in November 2011 brought $1,092.50. This is worthy of getting to that number as well.
I lived in Long Branch for a short time around 1980 and enjoyed my stay. It was a nice little town along the shore.
Lot #10431. Elgin, Illinois Pioneer Medal Plaque
175 millimeters. This plaster reproduction depicts the design of the Pioneer medal prepared by Trygve Rovelstad in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Elgin, Illinois. The design is that of the Pioneer Memorial in Elgin, which design is also the focal point of the reverse of the 1936 Elgin, Illinois Centennial commemorative half dollar. The medal design, depicted here, has a different inscription along the upper border that reads 1835 PIONEERS 1935. Painted to simulate the original bronze medal plaque, with a hook for hanging affixed to the blank reverse.
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