In his latest Making the Grade blog post, dealer Dave Wnuck discusses an uncirculated 1793 Chain Cent he recently purchased at $1.5 million. It's already found a buyer, so you can put your wallets down. But some of the chump change in your other pocket might get you another really cool item from his inventory. Here are a few goodies that caught my eye.
Large Cent Inlaid with an Indian Head Cent
1856 Large Cent Inlaid with an 1859 Indian Head Cent. Fine [uncertified].
The first of these I have ever seen, made for a purpose unknown to me. It was purchased from a Connecticut estate. $250
Bizarre. Yet decidedly cool. I've never seen such a thing.
Belgium Vanity Skull medal
(1911) Belgium Skull medal. Uncirculated [uncertified].
Nothing to see here. Just a big ol' medal with a big ol' skull on it. Medals and coins depicting skulls have become a popular collector item in recent years. Here is a large (38 mm) bronze medal made in Belgium in the early 20th century with a matte finish and with a reported mintage of just 50. $195.
The insciption "VANITÉ QU'ES-TU..?" translates from the French to
"VANITY WHAT ARE YOU ..?"
A nice medal, reminiscent of the theme of the Marika Somogyi Society of Medalists piece mentioned in Dick Johnson's recent Vocabulary item, where a woman and the Devil are looking through the same mirror. See the "Notes From E-Sylum Readers" item in this issue for images of the medal.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
VOCABULARY TERM: OPENWORK
1969 Prince of Wales Medal
1969 Large Silver Medal Depicting a Dragon. Uncirculated [uncertified].
A large (45 mm) and heavy (2.5 oz.) silver medal depicting the Prince of Wales on one side and a dragon on the other. Gorgeously toned. $195.
Dragon or Griffin? "It can be hard to distinguish griffins from dragons, as both have four legs and wings. The griffin has a lion's body and eagle's head, and the dragon has a reptile's head and body, but the details need to be clearly shown to be certain which one you are looking at. Long legs and long ears probably indicate a griffin." How to Identify Fabulous and Mythical Beasts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Or could it be The Great Roe? Described by the scholar Dr. Woodrow Allen as "A mythological beast with the head of a lion and the body of a lion, though not the same lion. The Roe is reputed to sleep for 1000 years and then suddenly rise in flames, particularly if it was smoking when it dozed off. Odysseus was said to have awakened a Roe after 600 years but found it listless and grouchy and it begged to remain in bed just 200 more years."
To read the complete articles, see:
How to Identify Fabulous and Mythical Beasts
Fabulous Tales and Mythical Beasts
To read Dave's complete blog post, see:
Making the Grade #44: Buddy, Can You Spare $1.5 Million? Plus: Finally - a Nobel Prize for the Rest of Us
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