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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 6, February 6, 2022, Article 24

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: FEBRUARY 6, 2022

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

Charlemagne Denier
Charlemagne Denier

Lot 210. France, Carolingian. Charlemagne (Charles the Great). As Charles I, King of the Franks, A.D. 768-814. AR denier. Class 2. Metallum (Melle) mint, Struck A.D. 771-793/4. Rare.

France, Carolingian. Charlemagne (Charles the Great). As Charles I, King of the Franks, A.D. 768-814. AR denier (18.7 mm, 1.26 g, 7 h). Class 2. Metallum (Melle) mint, Struck A.D. 771-793/4. C(AR)O/LVS in two lines; pellet between / mEDOLVS, short cross over short cross saltire, with annulet in center. Depeyrot 605; MEC 727. Good VF/EF. Rare.

From the upcoming Agora Auctions sale. I don't know why, but the crudeness of this piece is what caught my eye. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 210. France, Carolingian. Charlemagne (Charles the Great). As Charles I, King of the Franks, A.D. 768-814. AR denier. Class 2. Metallum (Melle) mint, Struck A.D. 771-793/4. Rare. (https://agoraauctions.com/listing/viewdetail/53765)

Civil War Soldier ID Dog Tag
Civil War Soldier ID Dog Tag obverse Civil War Soldier ID Dog Tag reverse

7th Massachusetts Civil War Soldier ID Dog Tag. Major General Geo. B. McClellan War Of 1861 Corp. L. Chas. E. Staples Co. C 7th Mass. Vols. Batt. Wmsburgh, Fairoaks, 7 Dys At Richmond, Antietam, Fdksburgh, Chancellors Ville & Gettysburgh.

Great item! What a war career! From the eBay sales of Steve Hayden. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
7th Massachusetts Civil War Soldier ID Dog Tag Gettysburg Prisoner Of War POW (https://www.ebay.com/itm/224810235224)

French Public Education Ministry Award Gold Medal
French Public Education Ministry Award Gold Medal obverse French Public Education Ministry Award Gold Medal reverse

FRANCE. Public Education Ministry Award Gold Medal, 1879. NGC MS-62.

By Vauthier Galle. Diameter: 46 mm. Weight: 71.35 gms. Obverse: Head of Ceres left, crowned by floral wreath; Reverse: Encircling inscription reading: MINISTERE DE L'INSTRUCTION PUBLIQUE DES CULTES ET DES BEAUX-ARTS [MINISTRY OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION OF CULTURE AND FINE ARTS]; within, 10 line inscription: CONCOURS DE 1879 / Mr. SCHRADER MEMBRRE DE LA SOCIETE RAMOND A BORDEAUX / RECHERCHES SUR LES PYRENEES [COMPETITION OF 1879 / Mr. SCHRADER MEMBER OF THE RAMOND COMPANY IN BORDEAUX / RESEARCH ON THE PYRENEES]; Edge: "E:BEE".

A phenomenal and generously sized medal in gold struck to commemorate achievement in the arts and sciences of the highest caliber. Awarded to Franz Schrader, who was a French geographer and cartographer. Schrader's research on the Pyrenes was considered pioneering, and his plans to create a general map of the Pyrenees in 1879 led to his award of a grant from the Ministere de L' Instruction to do so. This ambitious goal and grant likely accounts for the awarding of this medal, as Schrader was the winner in the competition for funding.

From the Stack's Bowers February 2022 World Collectors Choice Online Auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
FRANCE. Public Education Ministry Award Gold Medal, 1879. NGC MS-62. (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-VAMVK/france-public-education-ministry-award-gold-medal-1879-ngc-ms-62)

1929 Yellow Fever Congressional Gold Medal
1929 Yellow Fever Congressional Gold Medal obverse 1929 Yellow Fever Congressional Gold Medal reverse

1929 Congressional Gold Medal for the Conquest of Yellow Fever. Awarded to John Kissinger. In 1900, Kissinger was the FIRST person to step up and volunteer to be infected in order for his commanding officer, Dr. Walter Reed, to test and confirm his working theory of how the deadly disease was spread. Reed later wrote that in his opinion, Kissingers exhibition of moral courage has never been surpassed in the annals of the Army of the United States. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the government, equal to the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but far less frequently awarded.

The medal, awarded by an act of Congress, has been given out only 173 times, versus 647 Presidential Medals of Freedom. Each Congressional Gold Medal is created by the U.S Mint, and its design is unique to the honor bestowed on the recipient. This medal is struck in .999 solid gold (XRF tested), measures 2-1/2" diameter, and weighs 6.2 Troy ounces. Comes with original leather presentation box with Kissinger's name embossed on it, as well as the original 1933 award banquet program. The historical importance of this collection can hardly be overstated. Also in this auction are several other pieces from Kissinger's estate related to the fight against yellow fever. Provenance: The entire collection offered here (lots 150 through 156) was obtained decades ago directly from the family of John Kissinger and has been in the same hands since then.

The French medal is nice, but THIS is an important medal. Offered by Blackwell Auctions LLC on February 12, 2022. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 150: CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL Yellow Fever (https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/congressional-gold-medal-yellow-fever-150-c-1AD4C3B978)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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