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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 29, July 14, 2013, Article 18

MORE JOHN J. FORD TOKENS AND MEDALS COMING TO AUCTION

At my request Dave Bowers and Brian Kendrella of Stack's-Bowers Galleries forwarded the following information about upcoming sales of additional numismatic material from the John J. Ford collection. Thanks! We'll look forward to more details in the future. -Editor

Brian Kendrella writes:

The ANA Sale will include Part XXII of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, more than 1,300 lots of tokens and medals, including Early American tokens, Hard Times tokens, Merchant and Trade tokens, Civil War tokens, Territorial tokens, Indian and Post Trader tokens, Transportation tokens, Canadian tokens, Counterstamped coins, Coin Scales and Counterfeit Detectors, and more.

The ANA Sale will also include Part XXIII of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection with Colonial & Continental Paper Money, Obsolete and Confederate Currency, and United States Fractional Currency.

Both will be online in the next couple of weeks.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries September 2013 Philadelphia Sale will feature Part XXIV of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, predominantly political and campaign tokens and medals.

Dave Bowers writes:

The American Numismatic Association sale will contain over 1,300 lots of John J. Ford's tokens and medals, including Western and territorial tokens, many Feuchtwanger Hard Times Tokens including three-cent pieces, many early American (pre-HTT) tokens including two ORIGINAL Ricketts’ Circus, Sutler tokens, so-called dollars, exposition pieces, award medals, Civil War items, Civil War Tokens, and more. I never knew that JJF had such a treasure trove!

As might be expected, many items come from the F.C.C. Boyd and Wayte Raymond estates, but many other things, indicated in the catalog, came from JJF’s early purchases from before 1953. JJF loved numismatic Americana and, in fact, wrote some articles under this title.

But wait, there’s more! The Stack’s Bowers September 2013 Philadelphia Sale will have Part II of the JJF tokens and medals, and what an event that will be. I haven’t seen the items yet. Added to these will be a landmark selection of Hard Times tokens, including the collection of a major buyer at our memorable Dice-Hicks Collection Sale, many rarities among Civil War tokens, and more. At this early time let me mention that consignment openings are still available—and to get in on the action contact Chris Karstedt via the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website.

It may be worth mentioning that from 1900 to 1910 store cards, Civil War tokens, Hard Times tokens, medals, and the like were the hottest tickets in the marketplace, and hardly anyone collected Morgan dollars, Liberty Seated coins, and other series by mintmarks. Now in the 2nd decade of the 21st century there is a dynamic reawaking of the series, and our recent sales of tokens and medals have created excitement beyond belief!

I will also mention that I have seen an advance copy of my Guide Book of Civil War Tokens, issued by Whitman Publishing LLC, 438 pages, over 1,000 color illustrations, complete pricing by types (Steve Hayden assisted), and more. List $24.95. Whitman’s nationwide distribution has made possible such a low cost; $50 to $75 would be more like it elsewhere! This should be available by the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago in August. If so, I’ll be on hand to autograph copies.

My best to you and your readers.

To view the online auction catalogs (once available), see: http://stacksbowers.com/

Wayne Homren, Editor

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