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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 20, May 15, 2022, Article 20

NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: MAY 20, 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

King Getas Octodrachm
King Getas Octodrachm

Thraco-Macedonian tribes, The Edones
King Getas, circa 479-465. Octodrachm circa 479-465, AR 28.97 g. Nude herdsman or local hero walking between two bulls r. Rev. GI?? ?? – S???V – S E?O? – ?O? retrograde Four-spoked wheel within quadripartite incuse square. Svoronos, Hellénisme Primitif, p. 46 cf. 3 and pl. IV, 19. AMNG III, pl. XXVII, 30. Tatscheva 2 var.

An unusual design. From the Numismatica Ars Classica NAC Auction 126, lot 61 (Sorry, this one's been sold). -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Auction 126, lot 61 (https://www.arsclassicacoins.com/biddr/#!/auction/lot?a=2061&l=61)

1885 Joseph LeRoux Token
1885 Joseph LeRoux Token obverse 1885 Joseph LeRoux Token reverse

CANADA. Quebec. Montreal. Copper Cent Token, ND (1885). PCGS MS-63 Red Brown.

BR-582. Mintage: 200. Obverse: Inscription in 10 lines advertising Joseph LeRoux's numismatic works; Reverse: Same inscription in French. Offering handsome and mostly red surfaces, this charming piece displays incredible attractivity and is certain to appeal to specialists.

A nice piece advertising numismatic literature! From the Stack's Bowers June 2022 World Collectors Choice Online Auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
CANADA. Quebec. Montreal. Copper Cent Token, ND (1885). PCGS MS-63 Red Brown. (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-WWIZG/canada-quebec-montreal-copper-cent-token-nd-1885-pcgs-ms-63-red-brown)

1891 Wilhelm Trinks IN NUMMIS VERITAS Medal
1891 Wilhelm Trinks IN NUMMIS VERITAS Medal obverse 1891 Wilhelm Trinks IN NUMMIS VERITAS Medal reverse

BOHEMIA. Prague. 50th Birthday of Wilhelm Trinks Oval Bronze Medal, 1891. GEM UNCIRCULATED.

Hauser-7940; Horsky-7704. By Jauner. Dimensions: 53mm x 63mm; Weight: 93.10 gms. Obverse: Draped bust left; Reverse: Pallas Athena seated right, holding spear and cradling figure of Victory; garnished shield with head of Medusa to left; to right, putto next to money chest, holding up a coin; owl to lower right. Edge: Plain. Incredibly glossy surfaces and an olive-brown nature highlight this immensely majestic numismatic-themed medal. Trinks was a Prague-based coin dealer, hence the money chest and reverse legend "IN NUMMIS VERITAS," or, "there is truth in numismatics."

The super-long beard is what first caught my eye, but this oval medal featuring Prague-based dealer Wilhelm Trinks is all about numismatics. Also from the Stack's Bowers June 2022 World Collectors Choice Online Auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
BOHEMIA. Prague. 50th Birthday of Wilhelm Trinks Oval Bronze Medal, 1891. GEM UNCIRCULATED. (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-WWI3Q/bohemia-prague-50th-birthday-of-wilhelm-trinks-oval-bronze-medal-1891-gem-uncirculated)

Paris Mint Battle of Cowpens Medal
Paris Mint Battle of Cowpens Medal obverse Paris Mint Battle of Cowpens Medal reverse

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. France - United States. Battle of Cowpens Bronze Medal, "1781" (ca. mid-20th Century). Paris Mint. UNCIRCULATED.

Betts-595. Comitia Americana series. Restrike issue. By Duvivier. Diameter: 46mm; Weight: 49.20 gms. Obverse: Colonel John Eager Howard, wielding sword, on horse rearing right; to right, fleeing British soldier; Victory in background, holding wreath and palm frond; Reverse: Legend and date in seven lines; all within wreath. Edge: [cornucopia] BRONZE. Olive-brown matte surfaces.

If an original gold Comitia Americana medal is beyond your collecting budget, how about a nice bronze Paris Mint restrike? Also from the Stack's Bowers June 2022 World Collectors Choice Online Auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. France - United States. Battle of Cowpens Bronze Medal, "1781" (ca. mid-20th Century). Paris Mint. UNCIRCULATED. (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-WVBXM/united-states-of-america-france-united-states-battle-of-cowpens-bronze-medal-1781-ca-mid-20th-century-paris-mint-uncirculated)

Laos Elephant Medal
Laos Elephant Medal reverse Laos Elephant Medal obverse

Francés Indo-China Elefantes Laos Bronce 59mm

A great piece, from the eBay offerings of Hedley Betts. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Francés Indo-China Elefantes Laos Bronce 59mm (https://www.ebay.com/itm/165478193029)

Kamberra Year of the Monkey Note
Kamberra Year of the Monkey Note

COLORIZED POLYMER NOTE: YEAR OF THE MONKEY

I don't know what this is (a fantasy note, I imagine), but it's got a striking colorful image. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
2016 BANK OF KAMBERRA 50 NUMISMAS CRISP UNC (https://auctions.bidalotcoinauction.com/lots/view/1-5W6S65/2016-bank-of-kamberra-50-numismas-crisp-unc)

Ukraine Fantasy Banknote: Flipping Off the Moskva
Ukraine Fantasy Banknote

Country: Ukraine
Denomination: 20 hryven
Price: $12.00
Catalog #: 1sb
Product ID: 22043001
Year: 2022
Grade: UNC (uncirculated)

Other Info: Reed paper fantasy art private issue note. Back design is based on a real stamp issued by the Ukrainian post office and shows a soldier "giving the finger" to a Russian ship, the Moskva, that was demanding the soldiers surrender, (later sunk by Ukrain). This design was based on a sketch by Boris Groh. Variety w/properly aligned "20" registration & lighter portrait.

Coloration: Green & brown / blue & yellow..

Depictions: Portrait of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with mountains behind on front; Ukrainian soldier flipping off a Russian warship on back. Includes a special message for Vladimir Putin near bottom of ship!.

Note Size: 5 7/8" x 3 1/4"
Watermark: Repeating triangles.
Security Features: Watermark, covert UV features, registration..

Speaking of fantasy banknotes, Reed Banknote just came out with a new one for Ukraine. The first one sold in a charity auction benefitting Doctors Without Borders. -Editor

To read the complete item description, see:
https://www.currencybanknotes.com/banknotedetail.php?id=15065

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