Dave Wnuck's latest Making the Grade newsletter (#17), arrived in my inbox this week; here are a few items that caught my eye.
1852 Braided Hair Proof Half Cent
I just had to share the image of this stunning Proof 1852 Half Cent. What gorgeous toning! -Editor
1821 Guatemala One Real
A stunning, flashy coin that looks like it was minted 2 years ago and not 2 centuries ago. Untoned, with fully prooflike fields on both
Another beauty! -Editor
1806 Agricultural Medal
A large, impressive medal that looks and feels like solid gold, but was expertly gilt when made. Includes custom made copper shells that
have been silver plated on their interiors.
The obverse reads: Staffordshire Agricultural Society; the engraving under the exergue says: Sir Rt. Lawley Bart. President/Wm Pinge,
Esqr. V. President/ Instituted 1800. The reverse reads: To Lord Talbot/For the Best/Short Wool/Two Shear/Ram/1806. Edge: Plain. Diameter =
48 mm (= 1 3/4 inches).
Alert. This is a Special Coin Dealer Honesty Announcement: I bought this medal simply to put into my display case at the Portland ANA
coin show, so I would have something big, gold, proof-like, flashy and unique to put in my display case. The goal? To literally stop people
in their tracks. Did it do the job? Yes; yes it did. If it doesn't sell, no biggie, as it comes in handy at coin shows.
Any motive for buying a nice medal is fine by me. Another real beauty. -Editor
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