At my request Steve Davis of Numismatic Auctions LLC sent me images of some coins that caught my eye in his upcoming auction sale. While
there are no seven-figure headliners here, there are many nice classics and a few truly scarce and unusual items like this Chalmers
Chalmers Shilling, Annapolis 1783
Chalmers Shilling, Annapolis 1783. Long worm variety. Details nearly Fine by wear, “MR to MH” ornately engraved obverse off axis and a
very faint flower scribed at center reverse, unusual. A rare love token indeed.
I've seen Chalmers Shillings, and I've seen plenty of love tokens. But a Chalmers Shilling love token? Interesting! Who were MR
and MH? We will probably never know, but this coin lives on. -Editor
1856 Flying Eagle Cent
1856. Key date. Early ANACS paper certificate as AU50/50, 11- 27-85. This example appears to have been struck on a mildly porous
planchet with a cpl minor flan flaws, a few tiny rns yet very sharp with hints of luster remaining.
1865 Three Cent Nickel Proof
1865. PCGS PR63 CAM. The sleeper under-appreciated Key to the Proof series and low mintage first year Proof issue.
1875-CC Twenty Cent Piece
1875-CC. Lightly hairlined lustrous Choice AU-Unc, initial appearance of BU until closer inspection. A nice example of this scarce
Carson City Mint issue.
1862. Brilliant Proof, light hairlines and some faint contact keep this from Choice. Nicer appearance than grade suggests with strong
mirrors and splashes of gold to violet toning. Scarce Civil War issue.
1834 Half Eagle
1834. Classic Head, Plain 4 variety. Outstanding AU, a few tiny mks, reverse looks Unc. Great type coin.
1850 Liberty Cap Three Cents Silver
Liberty Cap Three Cents Silver, 1850. J-125. Colorful Proof AU, lt hdlg primarily on the reverse not detracting. Pleasing and
1987 Pattern Half Eagle Three Coin Set
1987 Pattern Half Eagle Three Coin Set in Gold Plate (Mintage: one-unique), Silver (Mintage: 55) and Tungsten (Mintage: 90).
Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. Designed by Fred Zinkann. All 22mm. Matte Unc. 3 coins.
So who's Fred Zinkann? I found this 2001 posting on the Internet. He's been active as a producer of fantasy coins sold through
eBay. Other private patterns include Antarctic coins and papal fantasy issues of Pope Matthew. -Editor
Fred Zinkann made several patterns as proposals to the US Mint for 1987 Constitution commems. These were produced in silver, gold,
hafnium, and tungstun. These patterns are covered in Pollock's US Patterns book, available through Bowers and Merena. Several sets
were put together in silver and tungstun - I have not seen any available for quite some time.
Although Andrew Pollack included these in his book on patterns, I don’t believe these are listed in the latest editions of Judd. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Who is/was Fred Zinkann?
For more information on the auction sale, see
Wayne Homren, Editor
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