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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 6, February 7, 2021, Article 25

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: FEBRUARY 7, 2021

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

1900 Paris Exposition Medal

1900 Paris Exposition medal obverse 1900 Paris Exposition medal reverse

The Exposition Universelle of 1900, better known in English as the 1900 Paris Exposition, was a world's fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The fair, visited by nearly 50 million, displayed many technological innovations, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, the moving sidewalk, diesel engines, talking films, escalators, and the telegraphone (the first magnetic audio recorder). It also brought international attention to the Art Nouveau style. Additionally, it showcased France as a major colonial power through numerous pavilions built on the hill of the Trocadero Palace. Major structures remaining from the Exposition include the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Pont Alexandre III, the Gare d'Orsay railroad station (now the Musée d'Orsay) and two original entrances of Paris Métro stations by Hector Guimard.

Found on eBay. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1900 Olympic Paris Rare French Art Nouveau medal to Jewish Company by Chaplain (https://www.ebay.com/i/402585129538)

1914-D Lincoln Cent

1914-D Lincoln Cent obverse 1914-D Lincoln Cent reverse

Pristine problem free key date Lincoln.

I'm sure a lot of our readers remember filling Whitman albums as a kid, looking and looking for those key dates needed for completion. Well, if you still have a hole where a 1914-D belongs, here's your chance to fill it with a decent VF. Found via Harry Laibstain Rare Coins February 4, 2021 email. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1914-D 1C PCGS VF25 (http://hlrc.com/Inventory/CoinViewer?id=870161046&c=23#)

1808 Half Eagle

1808 Half Eagle obverse 1808 Half Eagle reverse

This is a lovely example of a scarce, early type coin. From an original mintage of just 55,578, this is one of just 137 estimated examples to survive in mint state. Luminous and sharply struck this piece displays appealing, even golden coloration and fantastic eye appeal considering the grade. This coin would be a great fit for a type set as it’s a strong, clear example of the type without a rare date or astronomical grade inflating the price.

If the 1822 half eagle isn't in your future, consider this 1808. Very nice coin in tonight's David Lawrence Rare Coins sale. The text is from their February 4th email. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1808 $5 PCGS MS61 (https://www.davidlawrence.com/product/2232471)

California Gold Tokens in a Case

California Gold Tokens in a Case

Two California Fractional Gold Tokens in a 19th Century Case, one likely an 1852 half dollar, BG-1076, and an 1852 half dollar, BG-962 or BG-963.

I've never seen California gold in a case like this. Interesting. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Two California Fractional Gold Tokens in a 19th Century Case (https://live.skinnerinc.com/lots/view/4-1R4QJY/two-california-fractional-gold-tokens-in-a-19th-century-case)

Signed Joseph W Barr Note

Signed Joseph W Barr Note

World Banknotes - USA - Joseph W Barr - Signed 'To Lloyds Bank Good Luck' Dollar Note. Circa 1970s AD. Series 1963 B, serial number E 24710727 G. Obv: Washington vignette; bearing an ink inscription 'TO LLOYDS BANK / GOOD LUCK' in two lines to top right with ink autograph signature of Joseph W Barr to lower right. Rev: emblems and text. 0.93 grams, 155 x 66mm. ("). Property of a Kent, UK, collector; acquired on the UK coin market. Joseph Barr was Secretary of the US Treasury at the time so this note bears both his printed signature and his autograph.

I came across this note last week at Timeline Auctions. The lot did not sell in the earlier November 2020 sale, but their staff informs me it will be relisted in their next sale at the end of this month.

While many people once (and still do) save notes with Barr's printed signature, they are not rare despite his short-lived tenure as Secretary of the Treasury. I don't believe I've seen a note signed in ink by Barr though, so this is an interesting and probably scarce item. Do any of our readers collect notes autographed by the Treasurer and Secretary?

Here's a summary of Barr's short-lived tenure. -Editor

According to United States law, the signature of the acting Secretary of the Treasury must appear on every piece of currency. During the final days of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry H. Fowler, resigned. Since no new currency could be printed without an acting Secretary, President Johnson quickly appointed Joseph W. Barr to this cabinet post. Since Johnson’s term was about to expire, Barr’s tenure would last only 28 days! It was the shortest tenure in the history of the United States Treasury!

To read the complete article, see:
JOSEPH W. BARR NOTES (https://www.valleyviewcoinsandcollectibles.com/joseph-barr-notes-p/164.htm)

To read the complete lot description, see:
World Banknotes - USA - Joseph W Barr - Signed 'To Lloyds Bank Good Luck' Dollar Note (https://timelineauctions.com/lot/usa-joseph-w-barr-signed-to-lloyds-bank-good-luck-dollar-note/173424/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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