AAA Historical Americana - World Exonumia.

Known Exonumia Items Selling for over $10,000.

All known exonumia items sold for about $10,000 or more in any mail bid or public auction, or by private treaty, world-wide. It includes all Exonumia: Tokens and Medals, Badges and Ribbons including World's Fair items and Political Americana, Fraternal, Franklin Mint, Countermarked Coins, Slave Tags, U.S. Mint Medals including Indian Peace Medals, Pin-Back Buttons or Celluloid Pin-Backs, and similar items. If you know of any item not listed, please send an e-mail with details.

Unique A. Loomis Hard Times Token. Low 160C, triple struck over a Large Cent. Sold in the World Exonumia 1 Dec 1980 mail bid sale for $12,100.

1920 Philippines Wilson Dollar in Gold. So-Called Dollar, one of 5 struck, only 3 known today. Sold via private treaty to William Pahl, Philippines specialist, for $11,000, ca June, 1998.

Lincoln-Johnson Jugate in Brass Shell. Each nominee surrounded by a red, white and blue enameled image of the flag. David Frent, May 1998, Sale #56, $42,350. Highest auction price for any pre-1896 political item.

Gold Switzerland Shooting Medal of Fribourg, 1934, Martin-247. Picture from Martin. Sold for $11,000 at auction, ca. 1995 (re: Rod Moore).

1921 NY Giants World Champions Award pendant. Award given to Fred Toney for the 1921 Championship victory over the NY Yankees by 5 games to 3. Body consists of 14K gold weighing one ounce and displaying an inset 1/2 karat diamond, stamped on back by Dieges & Clust. $9,900.00 Sold 2/2000 by Hunt Auctions

1912 Smoky Joe Wood World Series presentation Watch Fob. 14K gold pendant with crossed bat decor encircled by gold inlaid red enamelwork reading, “Boston Red Sox Baseball Club World’s Champions” surrounding inset center diamond. Back is inscribed, “Presented to Joe Wood by Boston American B.B. Club” and is marked Frank Gendreau, Boston 14K at bottom. $17,600. Sold 2/2000 by Hunt Auctions.

New York Stock Exchange gold medal. Presentation piece for 1903 opening, shows facade of the NY exchange, with reverse inscription in wreath, by Tiffany & Co., with original leather case, 127mm diameter, 491 grams. With 7 page illuminated certificate of persentation. Sold by Sotheby's for $24,200 in the June 29 (1999?) sale.

Columbus World's Fair mechanical Egg: Red, white and blue tinplate egg releases the ship Santa Maria in full sail with Columbus and crew, with box and partial lid. Sold by Sotheby's for $9775.

US Mint Medal to General George Meade. Specimen given to Meade by the Union League of Philadelphia, engraved: "For Service at Gettysburg, as a token of the gratitude of his countrymen", "For distinguished personal gallantry on that ever memorable field, Gettysburg". Engraved on edge. With Webb's two-star shoulder boards and his commission papers, signed by Andrew Johnson in 1866. Group of Major General Alexander L. Webb items. Sold by Wolf's, for $11,500, about Jan. 1999.

Wally Schirra's Flown Apollo Robbins Sterling Medallion Set. Apollo flights 7 to 17. A medallion was flown on each flight for each of the 50 astronauts. Sold for $27,600 for the set of 11 medals, about Dec. 1999.

Carved and Painted wood oval portrait of George Washington 15.75" tall, attributed to Samuel McIntire, Salem, MA ca. 1799. Similar to a rofile medallion at the Essex Institue, made for the gates of the Salem Common in 1792 and removed in 1850. Sold for $288,500. about 1999.

English Conder Token. Sold for $66,000 by Noble Numismatics, Australia, July 1998

Presidential Medal of Freedom, Awarded to James Cagney by President Reagan. Sold for $51,750 on a $1000 estimate, by William Doyle Galleries, Sept 27, 2000.

"J.L Polhemus/Druggist/Sacramento Cal." counterstamped on 1855-S $20 gold, sold for $48,300 by Christie's, from the S.S. Central America gold hoard, Dec. 14, 2000.

1956 NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL to the SURVIVING VETERANS of the CIVIL WAR. Designed by Gilroy Roberts. Obverse accolated busts of Generals U. S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. "HONOR TO GREAT SOLDIERS // AND TO GREAT AMERICANS" surrounds the design. Reverse the Federal and Confederate shields of Arms are separated by a torch, sword and olive branch "PRESENTED WITH HONOR TO THE SURVIVING VETERANS OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES ~ ACT OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". Only four pieces were made. 70mm (2.75") in diameter, excess of 10 ounces of .999 fine gold. Offered on eBay, did not meet reserve at high bid of $11,800, Jan. 2001, but subsequently sold for more.

1915 Assay Commission Medal presented to son of US Mint Engraver George T. Morgan. Sold for $10,500 in the Craig Whitford May 10 2002 auction.

from the Presidential Coin and Antique sales.

Low 1B; HT 3. Aged Head. Superb AU. $16,500.00. B&M Michael Zeddies Collection 1990. #272.

LOW 2. Stacks Sale of the Gilbert Steinberg Collection 1989. #215. Holed VF. (Ex-PCAC Sale #20 1976). $17,600

LOW 50. AMERICAN SILVER 25 CENT TOKEN. HT 74. XF-45 With one of two edge nicks to test the metal;. 73.3. Grains. 26.4 x 26.3mm. Medal turn. SG 7.6. One of two known. (The other, Parmelee-Low-Ryder-Botd, Ford.) B&M Zeddies Sale 1990. #325. $31,900.00

LOW 54A. AM I NOT A MAN & A BROTHER. XF-40. R8. Pleasing light brown planchet. A couple of minor edge marks are noted on the obverse. A superb coin, and one of just three believed to exist, B&M Sale of the Robert Hudson Collection, 1992. #45. XF-40. $20,900.00. Note that this is the very rare U.S. companion piece to the "Woman/Sister" piece, and should not be confused with the English tokens of similar design.

LOW 160B. A. LOOMIS, CLEVELAND, OHIO. HT 379B. 28.2mm. Copper. F/VF. Inexpertly holed slightly to the left of the 12:00 position above the eagle. On the obverse there is evidence of a prior striking from the reverse die. EALER IN C is visible along the border in the 10-12:00 position. Immediately below these letters, the LOOMIS name appears very faint. Only portions of the letters LOO and S can be seen. On the reverse, all of the letters in the legend except the DE and the left portion of A in DEALERS are present. The interior inscription, including the date, 1843, is complete. PCAC Sale #65 1999. #84. F/VF Holed. $11,000.00

CLASSIC LOW 168 RARITY. HT13. 28.6mm. Copper. Extremely Fine. This is a muling of the running boar obverse of Low 8 with the broad shoulders Jackson reverse of Low 10. The obverse die state of this token is later than which appears on Low 8. PCAC Sale #65 1999. #87. XF. $13,200.00

HT 111. EXCESSIVELY RARE J & D MORRISON, AUGUSTA, GA. TOKEN. 26.8mm. Copper. Struck and signed by Wright and Bale. Very Fine with original gilt showing around the periphery. The obverse legend: J & D. MORRISON GROCERS surrounds AUGUSTA/ GEO.. The reverse legend: WHOLESALE & RETAIL GROCERS, encloses SIGN O(F THE)/ PLOUGH. PCAC Sale #65 1999. #117. VF. $20,350.00

JEFFERSON INAUGURAL MEDAL. Julian PR-2; TJ 1800-1. 45mm. Silver. 675.8 grams. XF. John Reich, Sc. Obverse; TH.: JEFFERSON PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. 4 MARCH 1801 surrounding a bust to the left. Reverse; UNDER HIS WING IS PROTECTION above a scene of Liberty holding a document reading DECLAR. INDEPENDENCE and standing in front of a rock labeled CONSTITUTION. In the exergue: TO COMMEMORATE JULY 4, 1776. Eagle bearing wreath of victory. Arms pile in the background. DREYFUSS SALE, 1986 #5744. Silver. XF. $14,300.00

Geo. Washington GOLD BADGE. BH 1889-1; BH 1888-8; Douglas 35. AU.. There are two known specimens in gold, both of which lack the CENTENNIAL top bar, and the suspension ribbon. Apparently, the weight of the gold medal was too much for the fragile ribbon. The first gold medal to appear was sold at auction by B&R and is now in the cabinet of a prominent West Coast Collector. The second piece was sold by LaBarre Galleries in 1977 and realized $3500 in a sale in which the major inaugural medal collectors did not participate. This piece was later consigned to PCAC and offered in its 5/30/81 auction, where it was purchased by Mr. Dreyfuss for $11,500. PCAC SALE #31, 1981 #329. $11,500.00

UNLISTED McKINLEY-HOBART OFFICIAL INAUGURAL BADGE - GOLD PLATED SILVER, 1897. Choice About Uncirculated. A few very minor marks in the field surrounding the portraits. FINANCE Committee designation. The bottom bar is inscribed with block letters on the reverse: PRESENTED TO/ JOHN W. THOMPSON/ CHAIRMAN OF FINANCE COMMITTEE OF/ INAUGURAL CEREMONIES/ MARCH 4TH 1897/ BY ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF SAID COMMITTEE. The weight of the medal with its suspension clamp is 64.9 grams. This compares with the weight of the usual bronze medal with suspension clamp of around 45 grams. The specific gravity of the medal is 10.882. 6196. #241. Choice AU. $11,550 ex-4086.

OBVERSE and REVERSE GALVANOS OF THE SAINT GAUDENS MEDAL. Untrimmed edges. The obverse measures 9" in diameter; the reverse 9 7/8" in diameter. These are easily the most spectacular items in the Dreyfuss Collection. Only one other pair is known and it resides at the Saint Gaudens Historical Site at Cornish, NH. They first appeared on the market in 1980, when they were purchased at a flea market in Gettysburg, Pa by a prominent political items dealer. They were quickly sold to PCAC and immediately purchased by Mr. Dreyfuss. Of all the items in his collection, these were the most prized. Truly, a marvelous piece of Americana and worthy of the most sophisticated collection. DREYFUSS SALE, 1986 #5780. $12,100.00

MacNeil reports that at first, the committee planned to strike 50 of the Taft inaugural medals in silver to presentation to ranking members of the Inaugural Committee. "No medals were struck in silver, however, and the committee report gave no explanation." The accuracy of the committee report listing only gold and bronze strikes was accepted without question by every researcher of the series. Then, in 1983, Mr. Dreyfuss purchased this medal from Rossa & Tanenbaum at the ANA convention. It looked like silver, felt like silver, and a specific gravity testy proved it to be silver; a major new find. While the genesis of this piece is unknown, our best speculation is that it was a sample prepared by the Davison firm to show the committee what a silver specimen would look like. Its unique status has stood the test of time and the probability is strong that no others exist. DREYFUSS SALE, 1986. #5788. AU. $12,100.00

TAFT - SHERMAN OFFICIAL INAUGURAL MEDAL IN GOLD. Private treaty sale by PCAC, 1999, $38,000.

HARDING OFFICIAL INAUGURAL MEDAL IN SILVER. HIM S70; WGH 1921-2. 70m. Silver. Darrell C. Crain, Sr., Sc. Plain edge. Obverse bust of Harding to the left. Inscribed in four lines in the left field: INAVGVRATION/ MARCH/ FOVRTH/ 1921. The reverse portrays a standing figure of Liberty to the left, her left arm draped around standing fasces surmounted by an eagle. To the right is the inscription: PRESIDENT/ WARREN/ GAMALIEL/ HARDING/ VICE PRESIDENT/ CALVIN/ COOLIDGE 1921 1925. DREYFUSS SALE, 1986, #5798. AU. Tiny edge dent at 10:00. 106 grams. $12,100.

JIMMY CARTER GOLD PRESENTATION OFFICIAL INAUGURAL MEDAL, 1977. JC 1977-1. 70mm. 24k Gold. 15.98 oz. Proof. One of four struck. Vicki Rogers Specimen./ #3. DREYFUSS SALE, 1986. #5877. $12,000.

Washington Gold Funeral medal Oval, in case, sold March 2001 for $38,500 to a collector in NY, by Landry Auctions, Essex, MA. Picture

Patriotic Civil War Token Fuld number 478/480, Rarity 9, Sold for over $9000, prior to August 2001, other information unknown.

Alton IL Civil War Token The Fuld book plate specimen: AU with spot, previously in the Fuld collection, sold to me, Rich Hartzog and in my virtually complete fabulous IL CWT collection for many years. Sold within my collection, subsequently sold by the new dealer for $4200 to a private collector about 1990, resold to a dealer who resold it to a private collector for an undisclosed figure over $10,000, ca. 2001.

Libertas Americana Silver Medal Commissioned by Benjamin Franklin, sold by Early American History August 2001 for $10,350.

Cox-Roosevelt Jugate Button The classic rarity, 1-inch specimen in near mint condition. Sold by Mastronet for $32,766 May 2002.

George Washington Inaugural Button: The "linked states" variety, 1-5/16" brass button is in Near Mint to Mint condition with gorgeous patina, a brilliant, deep strike, and the rarely-present original shank. Sold by Mastronet for $11,243 May 2002 by Mastronet.

1860 Abraham Lincoln Jumbo Ambrotype Campaign Badge The styled deep gold-colored metal bordered frame of this badge measures 2-1/8" by 2-5/8" in an oval configuration. Original backing paper: top line "For President". Beneath, "Hon. Abraham Lincoln". Below this is the advertisement of the manufacturer which reads "Manufactured by Geo. Clark, Jr., & Co.. AMBROTYPE ARTISTS, No. 59 Court Street." Mint, sold for $29,079 May 2002 by Mastronet.

1905 Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Medal Roosevelt, cast bronze piece measuring about 2-7/8" in diameter. It is edge-marked, "Tiffany & Co." Sold for $11,364 May 2002 by Mastronet.

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From the Lucien M. LaRiviere Sale of 2001

Betts-23. 1628 Treasure of Matanzas. Silver. Choice Extremely Fine. This extraordinary medal depicts the Western Hemisphere, while the reverse shows a spectacular scene of the meeting of the Dutch and Spanish fleets. $18,400. Pic

Betts-24. 1629 Treasure of Matanzas. Silver. Extremely Fine. Belonging to the same class as the previous medal, this Matanzas commemorative rivals any of the series for artistic mastery with an impressive rendering of the capture on the obverse and an exclusively epigraphic reverse. $9775. Pic

Betts-26. 1629 Peter Heyn at Matanzas. Silver. Choice Extremely Fine. Popular Matanzas medal, with the fleet's captain Peter Heyn resplendent on the obverse in his ruff and what Betts understatedly calls "ornate armor." The reverse masterfully represents the taking of the Flota de la Plata at Matanzas. $21,850

Betts-44. 1670 Colonization. Gold. Choice Extremely Fine. Betts equates this medal to a marriage medal, with its jugate busts of Charles II and his bride Catherine of Braganza. The 1662 union with the Portuguese royal line, according to Betts, "gained a foothold in the East Indies and South America" for England. In actuality, the medal may commemorate an agreement with the greatest enemy of Portugal, Spain. $21850. Pic

Betts-88. 1700 Scottish Colony at Darien. Silver. Very Fine. Issued by the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies after the 1700 settlement of Scotsmen at Darien in modern Panama. $20,700. Pic

Betts-382. 1747 Lord Anson. Gold. Mint State. With its well-preserved original shagreen presentation case
The Anson medal was struck in large numbers to celebrate the four year circumnavigation of earth by Commodore George Anson and his ship Centurion. The obverse features Anson crowned by Victory following the designs of the triumphal coinage of Augustus to commemorate Admiral Anson's victory over the French at Cape Finisterre off the northwest coast of Spain on May 3, 1747. The reverse celebrates the circumnavigation, also in classical form, including the dates of the voyage and the names of his six officers. $19,550.

Betts-546. "1776" (ca. 1807) Franklin medal by Sansom. Silver. Extremely Fine. Obverse: A head of Benjamin Franklin taken from Houdon's bust. Inscription 'Lightning Averted -- Tyranny Repelled'. Reverse: The American Beaver nibbling at the Overshadowing Oak of the British Power on the Western Continent. Date -- 1776. $14,950. Pic

Betts-556. 1777 Germantown. Silver. Choice Extremely Fine. The 1777 Germantown medal is one of the most significant and well-known of all medals in the Betts series. It has the unique distinction of being a decoration issued for an action of the American Revolution by the losing side, but was representative of an action in which the issuing regiment took so much pride that it became their standard medal of valor for nearly a century. The medal depicts the attack on Cliveden, the Chew House, in the Battle of Germantown on the obverse to an impressive degree of historical accuracy, with the signature of engraver John Milton in the exergue below. The reverse simply identified the battle shown on the obverse as GERMAN / TOWN / OCTr 4 1777. $36,800. Pic

Betts-584. 1781 British Resentment. Silver. Choice About Uncirculated. The obverse depicts King George laureated and curiassed to left with the legend GEORGIUS III REX ANG. or King George III of England. The reverse shows the Lion, symbolic of Britain, tied up a rope with the legend INDOCILIS PATI IN PERPET MEMOR. with the date 1781 in Roman numerals. $10,925. Pic

Betts-593. 1781 Daniel Morgan at Cowpens. Silver. Extremely Fine. The medal features Morgan to the right, his sword pointed groundward as a sign of humility, bowing as America places a wreath upon his head while standing before armaments, flags, and a shield. The legend COMITIA AMERICANA [in exergue] DANIELI MORGAN DUCI EXERCITUS may be translated as "The American Congress to Commander of the Army Daniel Morgan." The main legend VICTORIA LIBERTATIS VINDEX translates as "Victory is the defender of liberty." Below, Daniel Morgan is shown mounted and leading the charge at Cowpens at the point of contact with the British. The legend identifies the scene: FUGATIS CAPTIS AUT CAESIS AD COWPENS HOSTIBUS XVII JAN MDCCLXXXI or "The enemy put to flight, captured, or killed at Cowpens, January 17, 1781." $80,500. Pic

Betts-597. 1781 Nathaniel Green at Eutaw Springs. Copper. Extremely Fine. The reverse shows a winged Victory, her face three-quarters right and strongly resembling the lovely portrait of Helios on the 4th century B.C. E. coinage of Rhodes, muscular and beautifully rendered. Leaves of olive are detailed down to their veins, and the overall presentation is a thing of beauty. The legend is simple and brief: SALUS REGIONUM AUSTRALIUM or "the safety of the Southern regions," with the exergual legend translating to "the enemy subdued at Eutaw Springs, September 8, 1781." $14,950 Pic

Betts-614. 1783 Treaty of Paris. Pewter. Fine or so. This important medal is a part of the Treaty of Paris subseries of Betts medals, and is unique among them for its probable American origin. The obverse of this medal displays the legend by which this variety is known: FELICITAS BRITANNIA ET AMERICA or the clumsy "Happiness, Britain and America." With a city scene in the background, probably London. $11,500 Pic

Betts-615. 1783 Libertas Americana. Silver. Choice About Uncirculated. Obverse device, a high relief image of Liberty depicted as a young woman with her hair loosed and a pileus behind her, inspired the creation of the Liberty Cap design that graced our copper coins and the Flowing Hair devices on the earliest silver emissions of the U.S. Mint. The design is magical in its simplicity; the figure of Liberty implies every nuance of the meaning of "American Liberty" with the 4 JUIL 1776. $16,100 Pic

Undated (ca. 1776-1814) George III Indian Peace medal. Adams 7.3, Jamieson-18, Betts-438. Struck silver. Very Fine. Plain edge. Original ornamented hanger no longer present, replaced by a hole and simple ring of relatively modern manufacture for suspension. $10,350. Pic

1849 Zachary Taylor Indian Peace medal. Julian IP-27, Prucha-47. Struck silver. Extremely Fine. Plain edge. Holed at 12:00 with ring therein for suspension. $25,300. Pic

1865 Andrew Johnson Indian Peace medal. Julian IP-40, Prucha-52. Struck silver. Choice Extremely Fine. Plain edge. Original suspension mount and loop intact, though showing evidence of old repair work. Top of reverse engraved in carefully accomplished lettering "BROTHER I AM PLEASED WITH YOU!" $16,100. Pic

HENRY CLAY TEXAS CAMPAIGN FLAG Printed cotton, 26.25 x 61." An exceptionally rare variant of this well-known Clay flag, with the added names of "Houston" and "Stockton" below Clay and Frelinghuysen. (For two similar examples, see "Threads of History." 1979: 117. The added names of course, refer to Sam Houston and Richard Stockton both of whom figured prominently in the "Texas Question." There is little need to detail Houston's role in the struggle for Texas's independence, but Stockton's merits further mention, and provides a clue as to the origins of this textile. Richard Stockton (1817-1836) was a member of the hoary Stockton lineage of New Jersey. After the death of his father he moved first to Virginia (1823), and then to Nagadoches, Texas about the same time as Crockett, and along with other Easterners joined the Texas Volunteer Auxiliary Corps in December of 1835. He was sent to San Antonio de Béxar with Crockett and was killed with the others in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. (Source: The Handbook of Texas). The juxtaposition of two Texas hero's names -- one from a hoary New Jersey family --suggest the flag was meant to appeal to potential New Jersey voters who supported annexation, and is testimony to Clay's waffling over the issue; his hesitancy led directly to Polk's election. An exceptionally rare textile. NEW INFORMATION!! SOME OF OUR POLITICAL CLIENTS HAVE INFORMED US THAT IN ALL PROBABILITY THAT THE NAMES OF HOUSTON AND STOCKTON REFER TO THE DELAWARE CANDIDATES THOMAS STOCKTON, WHO WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR IN 1844 RUNNING AS A WHIG, AND THE WHIG CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, JOHN WALLACE HOUSTON. THIS FLAG IS KNOWN IN AT LEAST TWO PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, AND UP TO THIS POINT HAD BEEN ASSUMED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH TEXAS. MANY THANKS TO THE FOLKS WHO HAVE RESEARCHED THIS FLAG AND DISCOVERED ITS TRUE "COAT-TAIL" MEANING!
Colors bright, minor scattered browning, one 1.25" square piece missing at far right. With a thread-sewn header, and two stitched-bordered holes for suspension.
(EST $10000-$15000) Price Realized: $17,050.00
Wes Cowen 10 May 2002 auction.

LINCOLN-HAMLIN CAMPAIGN FLAG Lincoln-Hamlin Campaign Flag. Blue legend on white stripe reading “For President Abraham Lincoln For Vice President Hannibal Hamlin”. This 11 ¾ inch by 8 ½ inch 1860 campaign piece with 33 stars in the field of blue is attached to a 23 inch wooden stick. A small hole ¾ inch from the top near the field of stars and a larger dime sized hole in the same white strip of linen. Several pin sized holes appear in the lettering. Only slightly faded. Fragile but VG.
(EST $5000-$7000) Price Realized: $8,250.00
Wes Cowen 10 May 2002 auction

LINCOLN CAMPAIGN PORTRAIT FLAG, polished cotton, 12 x 17", likely from a continuous bolt, printed in red, white and blue. A known variant of this flag from the 1860 campaign (See "Threads of History" ) A rarity from this pivotal campaign, and the first Lincoln portrait flag we have been privileged to offer. Archivally matted in an older walnut frame, flag with light staining, at left and vertical brown stain on right. Blues quite strong, red stripes lighter as is typical of this medium. (EST $15000-$25000) Price Realized: $37,375.00 Wes Cowen

Lewis Cass and Zachary Taylor Pewter Rims: One of the rarest full color pewter rim portraits is the Lewis Cass, possibly the only one sold at auction, realized $14,998. The Zachary Taylor pewter rim realized $10,710. Slater's Chic Harris auction, 1999.

From the Doyle New York auction of the Samuel Mills Damon Hawaii collection:

GERMANY: 1681, Gold Medal Multiple gold ducat, 35 grams, issued in the name of Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg, Blessing Upon the Land, looped for suspension. VF. Estimate $800-1,200 Very rare. Sold for $15,600. View

Royal Hawaiian Argricultural Society Medal, Undated [circa 1850 to 1857] Sale 06SMD01 Lot 2680 Struck in silver, 64 mm, approximately 82 grams. The obverse shows a conglomeration of symbols of agricultural wealth and trade with an eastern sun in background, plam at left and crown above; the inscription around reads ROYAL HAWAIIAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, ESTABLISHED A.D. 1850. The reverse has a wreath surrounded by PREMIUM FOR THE BEST EXHIBITED with the central space open for inscribing appropriate award information.This particular specimen, an issued or awarded piece, has a breathtaking rendition hand-engraved in this area. It displays a detailed scene in a folk art style, of a fenced-in area containing a wood building and a rather large pig [boar?] feeding at a trough. Outside the fence are palm trees, a gentleman wearing a wide brimmed hat, and an immediately recognizable profile of Diamond Head in the distance. The word Imported is engraved above. Is this an enigmatic reference to imported pig, a farm animal raised agriculturally in Hawaii?These Agricultural medals are seen only infrequently and when they do appear, are usually unissued remainders without engraving (or made of the more common bronze metallic composition). This example is an incomparable exception to the norm. It has a gorgeous colorful patina acquired over for than one and a half century–s worth of time.The Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society was founded in 1850 by influential businessmen, entrepreneurs and landowners with the full consent and support of King Kamehameha III. The aim of the organization was to foster advancement in Hawaii–s agricultural industry and provide opportunities among grower, importers and exporters, and businessmen. A fair was conducted annually to showcase Hawaii–s agricultural products and prizes were awarded to recognize superior commodities. The Society became inactive after 1857, but was later replaced by other groups with similar goals and programs.These medals were ordered by the Society through a Mr. Marshall of Massachusetts. He wrote to U.S. Mint Director James Ross Snowden who referred the request to the Treasury Department. That request was approved with the stipulation that the medals made after regular mint hours. It is unknown how many were manufactured (though the total number certainly was not large, judging by their rarity) until production ceased in 1857. The original dies for these beautiful medals, engraved by Francis N. Mitchell, are still contained in the mint's collection.
PF 64 (NGC photo certificate). Estimate $15,000-25,000 Sold for $33,600. 3/2006

Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Medal [circa 1850 to 1857] Sale 06SMD01 Lot 2681 Struck in silver, 64 mm., approximately 82 grams. This is an unissued piece without engraving on reverse. Perhaps one of a very few left over after the Society's cessation in 1857. This is a very handsome example of a scarce Hawaiian medal. The Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society was founded in 1850 by influential businessmen, entrepreneurs and landowners with the full consent and support of King Kamehameha III. The aim of the organization was to foster advancement in Hawaii–s agricultural industry and provide opportunities among grower, importers and exporters, and businessmen. A fair was conducted annually to showcase Hawaii–s agricultural products and prizes were awarded to recognize superior commodities. The Society became inactive after 1857, but was later replaced by other groups with similar goals and programs.These medals were ordered by the Society through a Mr. Marshall of Massachusetts. He wrote to U.S. Mint Director James Ross Snowden who referred the request to the Treasury Department. That request was approved with the stipulation that the medals made after regular mint hours. It is unknown how many were manufactured (though the total number certainly was not large, judging by their rarity) until production ceased in 1857. The original dies for these beautiful medals, engraved by Francis N. Mitchell, are still contained in the mint's collection.
PF 62 (NGC photo certificate). Estimate $5,000-7,000 Sold for $12,000

1879, Kahului & Wailuku Railroad Copper Token, 25 Cents Sale 06SMD01 Lot 2679 Virtually all of the extant tokens of this issuer are of the 12-1/ 2 cents denomination. There are only a few known of this denomination with three confirmed to exist (the ex: Ostheimer specimen, one in a Stack's auction in the 1970s, and the presently offered specimen) and two rumored to exist in a private collection. The appearance of this example represents a unique opportunity for the serious collector of early Hawaiian tokens to acquire a seldom offered and extermely rare specimen. The catalog number (TE-4A) appearing on the NGC holder is from Gordon Medcalf and Robert Fong's 1967 book on Hawaiian coins; the most current catalog (by Donald Medcalf and Ronald Russell) lists it as 2TE-10. XF 40 BN (NGC). Estimate $5,000-7,000 Sold for $36,000.

Silver "History of the Revolution" Medal. Ddesigned by Joseph Sansom, engraved by John Reich, Philadelphia early 19th century. The Franklin-Washington Medal. Estimate $800-1,200 Sold for $20,315.00 VIEW

George II silver Indian Peace Medal. Engraver Edward Duffield, Philadelphia, early 19th century. The reverse inscribed 'Let us look to the most high who blessed our fathers with peace," with a Quaker sitting by a fire offering a peace pipe to a Native American. Estimate $400-600 Sold for $106,425.00 (Betts 401) VIEW Both by Freeman Auctions.

North American Indian Chief’s Medal, Great Britain, George III (1760-1820), Indian Chief’s medal, solid silver, young bust of King to right, wearing armour, his hair tied behind, a single curl above his ear, wearing armour with seven studs above the sash, rev. crowned oval shield of arms within garter and with lion and unicorn supporters, DIEU. ET. MON. DROIT on scroll below, 77mm (Adams type 7.3; Jamieson Fig. 18), with decorated stuck suspension loop, light, mottled tone, minor edge bruises, good very fine and very rare Adams [John W. Adams, The Indian Peace Medals of George III or His Majesty’s Sometime Allies, California, 1999] dates the medal to post-1778 and possibly as late as the War of 1812, although the reverse shows the earlier style of Royal Arms. 32 examples are listed in his census. £5000-7000 8 May 2006. St. Jame'ss Auctions, London, Lot 704. PIC

Lot No: 26 The gold 1937 Open Golf Championship winner's medal
Won by entrant #47 (Sir) Henry Cotton at Carnoustie, hallmarked Walker & Hall Sheffield 1937.
Bonhams of the UK, July 2007 Sold for £33,000 plus Premium and tax, about $80,500.
In 1934 after winning his first Open Championship, Henry Cotton was hailed as the best British professional golfer since the Great Triumvirate of J.H. Taylor, James Braid and Harry Vardon. His second win was at Carnoustie in 1937 and was marred by dreadful weather. The constant rain made the 7,000-yard course longer during the final two rounds. Also the American entry was much stronger than it had been in previous years due to the visiting US Ryder Cup team. Cotton spoke in the days leading up the Championship that he thought that a British player could repel the American invasion. How right he was to be.
Reg Whitcombe's (the 1938 winner) lead going into the final round was three ahead of Cotton. Cotton played superlative golf to beat off all challengers in the driving rain that lasted all day. His final round of 71 that included a dropped shot at the last was more than good enough to win him his second Open Championship. Notable players who fell away included Byron Nelson in 5th place, Sam Snead in joint 11th place and Walter Hagen in joint 26th place. By the time that Cotton arrived at the 18th hole, the gallery was over 10 feet deep. Some writers commented that it was like a coronation. In a way it was. King Henry was back where he belonged, the reigning Open Champion.
Two of his champion's gold medals (1934 and 1937) were later made into a bracelet, which 'Toots' his beloved wife wore. Cotton maintained that this was 'better than having them lying in drawers somewhere...' The R & A owns the 1934 medal still framed by its part bracelet mount.
The present owner of this the 1937 medal has also kept the mount surround with the medal believing it to be part of both Henry Cotton's and the medal's history and pedigree.
Open Championship winner's medals seldom come to auction.

Auction 135: Russian Empire: Alexander I, 1801-1825. Gold medal of 48 ducats, 1814 by tsarina M. Feodorovan for Alexander, Realized E220,000. Firtz Rudolf Kuenker GmbH & Co., , Germany 2009.


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