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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 44, October 29, 2017, Article 23

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: OCTOBER 29, 2017

Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

1713 Landau Siege of French Troops

1713 Landau Siege of French Troops obverse 1713 Landau Siege of French Troops reverse

GERMANY, Landau. Siege coinage of French Troops. 1713 AD AR Klippe, 21.47g (46mm). One-sided 'klippe' for 2 gulden and 8 kreuzer.

The year was 1713 and the Treaty of Utrecht was signed with the exception of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) and the Habsburg dynasty. In order to force the hand of the Germans, the French, which were already militarily depleted, were able to assemble a large army consisting of 300 squadrons and 240 battalions. The army was led by Marshall Claude Villars, a successful French army commander. With the revived military might of the French under the leadership of Villars, The Holy Roman Empire acquiesced and signed the Peace Treaty of Rastatt the following year.

Siege coinage was emergency currency, hastily made from old dishware or pieces of metal, and were pushed into the hands of soldiers to compel them to fight. This particular piece has official currency of 2 gulden and 8 kreuzer pressed into the metal.

References: Dav. 2377; Klein/Raff 220.4

E-Sylum supporter Shanna Schmidt is branching into the world coin arena and offers this interesting siege piece as her Coin of the Week. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
GERMANY, Landau. Siege coinage of French Troops. 1713 AD (http://www.shannaschmidt.com/coin-of-the-week/)

1971 Andy Warhol Art Cash-Ones

1971 Andy Warhol Art Cash-Ones

Art Cash - Ones, 1971
Colored offset on paper, 93 x 60 cm
Collection of fiftytwo Art Cash-Ones, two of them signed on the front with marker
Print American Banknote Company

EXIBITIONS
Pop Icons, Restelliartco Gallery, Rome, from January 20, to February 6 2015

PROVENIENCE
Private collection

The banknotes have been realized for the fundraising to support the Experiments in Art and Technology - E.A.T. to use at the casino gaming tables to purchase the donated art work. Every banknote has been invented by a different artist, Raushenberg, Whitman, Gormley, Grooms and Marisol. Warhol creates the 'One' banknote, printed by the American Banknote Company, with the same paper used for the United States currency. One sample alone has been sold for $ 300

To read the complete lot description, see:
LOT 543 - AUCTION 38 - MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART - ROME - 21-22 NOVEMBER 2017 (https://auctions.bertolamifinearts.com/en/lot/19848/andy-warhol-pittsburg-1928-new-york-/)

I wasn't aware of this Warhol "Money Art" piece. Here's a better image and more information from a 2014 sale. -Editor

Warhol Ones Art Cash , 1971

The "Art Cash" bills, printed by the American Banknote Company that was the then printer for the United States Treasury, were used for the Experiments in Art and Technology's (E.A.T.) benefit at a private casino party at Automation House, New York in December, 1971. The artists, Andy Warhol, Robert Whitman, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Gormley, Red Grooms and Marisol, all contributed bills of different values for the event.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Ones Art Cash , 1971 (https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/Ones-Art-Cash/440B2208516290EB)

1976 Gold Bicentennial Medal

1976 Gold Bicentennial Medal obverse 1976 Gold Bicentennial Medal reverse

Description: 1976 American Bicentennial Gold Medal. 40.5 grams of 90% gold AGW of 1.17 Oz Gold. In very nice wooden mint presentation box

NOT the rare giant three inch version, but still a decent Frank Gasparro medal. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
GASPARRO'S 1976 BICENTENNIAL GOLD MEDAL (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n10a10.html)

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 650: [US] 1976 Gold Bicentennial Medal (https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-87042BEA48)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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