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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 29, July 19, 2020, Article 21

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: JULY 19, 2020

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

Armand Caque Benjamin Franklin Medal

Armand Caque Benjamin Franklin Medal obverse Armand Caque Benjamin Franklin Medal reverse

"1818" (ca. 1830) Benjamin Franklin Series Numismatica Medal. By Armand Caque. Greenslet GM-42, Fuld FR.M.SE.1. Bronze. Plain Edge. MS-62 BN (NGC).

41 mm.

Bold, high relief design. Great portrait! From the Stack's Bowers August 2020 Auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
"1818" (ca. 1830) Benjamin Franklin Series Numismatica Medal. By Armand Caque. Greenslet GM-42, Fuld FR.M.SE.1. Bronze. Plain Edge. MS-6... (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-NM413/1818-ca-1830-benjamin-franklin-series-numismatica-medal-by-armand-caque-greenslet-gm-42-fuld-frmse1-bronze-plain-edge-ms-6)

1842/0-MA Central American Republic 8 Reales

1842 over 0 AMA Central American Republic 8 Reales obverse 1842 over 0 AMA Central American Republic 8 Reales reverse

Type: Central American Republic

Date: 1842/0-MA 8 Reales

Service: PCGS

Grade: MS65+

Description:

This is far and away the finest known example of this rare overdate issue and quite possibly for the type. The finest on the NGC pop report is a sole MS63 and PCGS has seen no other uncirculated specimens of this date. Superb luster and strike.

Great coin! From the stock of Northeast Numismatics. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1842/0-MA Central American Republic 8 Reales PCGS MS65+ (https://www.northeastcoin.com/servlet/v?itemKey=zi29_1000240438)

Kentucky Civil War Sutler Token

Simmonds Battery Kentucky Civil War Sutler Token obverse Simmonds Battery Kentucky Civil War Sutler Token reverse

Civil War Sutler token Schenkman KY 1-25Z (formerly NL M-25I) R9 NGC MS67 with 80% Bright mint luster an impressive token. Simmonds Battery Sutler J. M. Kerr 25 Cents struck in Tin Plate. From the Steve Tanenbaum, David Schenkman and George Fuld collections April 1991.

Found in the offerings of Steve Hayden. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
KY-1-25Z Simmonds Battery 1st Kentucky Civil War Sutler Token NGC MS67 R9 (https://www.civilwartokens.com/Listing/Details/2942772/KY125Z-Simmonds-Battery-1st-Kentucky-Civil-War-Sutler-Token-NGC-MS67-R9)

1866 Shield Nickel Pattern J-489

1866 Shield Nickel Pattern J-489 obverse 1866 Shield Nickel Pattern J-489 reverse

Type: Pattern

Date: 1866 5 Cent Judd-489

Service: NGC

Grade: PF66UCAM

Description:

R-L6. Very cool looking pattern! The date is split and the reverse design is very different than the one chosen for production. The only UCAM/DCAM at either service.

I immediately fell in love with Shield Nickel patterns after reading a COINage article about them as a wee numismatist. Great style! This is another item from the stock of Northeast Numismatics. -Editor

To read the complete item description, see:
1866 Shield Nickel Pattern J-489 NGC PF66 UCAM (https://www.northeastcoin.com/servlet/v?itemKey=zi27_1000240444)

1906 Gold Carnegie Hero Fund Medal

1906 Gold Carnegie Hero Fund Medal obverse 1906 Gold Carnegie Hero Fund Medal reverse

1906 MEDAL Carnegie Hero Fund Gold Medal, Harris G. Giddings, MS67 NGC. 280.04 grams. The Carnegie Hero Fund awarded bronze (awarded today), silver (awarded from 1904 to 1979), and gold medals (awarded from 1904 to 1923) for lifesaving efforts over many decades. According to the fund's website, Carnegiehero.org, Carnegie heroes are those who enter into mortal danger to rescue others. The medal is described as "the highest honor for civilian heroism in the U.S. and Canada." Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the famous 19th and early 20th century industrialist and philanthropist, established the fund in 1904. All awardees are identified at the website, including Harris Giddings, the hero of this gold medal:

"Harris G. Giddings, 45, captain of city fireboat, helped to save Jacob Flyter, 30, from drowning, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 30, 1906. Giddings and two other men descended a 55-foot shaft and rescued Flyter, who was imprisoned in an air-chamber of a tunnel under the Milwaukee River, into which water was leaking."

I have a small collection of bronze Carnegie Hero medals. The silver ones are rare and the gold rarer still. This example is offered in the Heritage August 2020 sales. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1906 MEDAL Carnegie Hero Fund Gold Medal, Harris G. Giddings, MS67 NGC.... (https://coins.ha.com/itm/20th-century-tokens-and-medals/tokens-and-medals/1906-medal-carnegie-hero-fund-gold-medal-harris-g-giddings-ms67-ngc/a/1318-4141.s)

Royal Mint Elton John Coin

Elton John 2020 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin
Limited Edition 7,500
The edge lettering reads ★ ELTON JOHN ★
The only coloured coin in the range and the only one to feature edge lettering
A Limited Edition Presentation of 7,500
Features a coin design approved by Elton John
Struck in 999 fine silver and finished to Proof standard
£95.00

elton_john_2020_uk_one_ounce_silver_proof_coin_reverse_tone Denomination £2
Maximum Coin Mintage 10000
Alloy 999 Fine Silver
Weight 31.21 g
Diameter 38.61mm
Reverse Designer Bradley Morgan Johnson
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription ELTON JOHN
Quality Proof
Year 2020

The coin design honouring this music legend was created by Bradley Morgan Johnson. With any number of famous looks from which to draw inspiration, Bradley chose to depict the performer wearing his famous music-note glasses and straw boater's hat

This colorized silver proof highlights a delightful "invisible man" design. Gotta love it. -Editor

To read the complete item description, see:
Elton John 2020 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/music-legends/elton-john/elton-john-2020-uk-one-ounce-silver-proof-coin/)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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