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Here are a few nice medals that caught my eye in Joe Levine's recent sale lists. Joe can be contacted at -Editor

Princess Alexandria medal 1863 obverse Princess Alexandria medal 1863 reverse

BHM 2783, Welch 9, Eimer 1561. 77mm. Bronze. J.S. and A.B. Wyon, Sc. About Uncirculated with a few scattered field marks. Obverse: Bare head of the Princess facing left, ALEXANDRA above. WELCOME ALEXANDRA above a scene of Londinia welcoming the Princess who is led by the Price of Wales. Winged angels flank the three figures while a kneeling figure of a servant with a cornucopia is shown to the right. MAR. arms of London 1863 in the exergue. 350 specimens struck. $250.00

Henry Clay medal obverse Henry Clay medal reverse

. PE-8; Marqusee 403. 76.5mm. Copper, bronzed. C.C.Wright, Sc. Choice About Uncirculated with a few light field scratches. Obverse: Wright’s particularly fine naked bust portrait of Clay to the left. Rx: Clay’s hand in placed over a piece of paper insc. CONSTITUTION. Legend: THE ELOQUENT DEFENDER OF NATIONAL RIGHTS AND NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE.

There are two obverse varieties of this medal; one with a curving C.C.WRIGHT F. signature below the bust and the other with no signature at all. The example offered here is the unsigned one. This medal represents one of Wright’s best efforts at portraiture, a field in which he was preeminent $350.00

Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Medal

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BICENTENNIAL MEDAL, 1906. Greenslet GM-118; Fuld FR.M.UN 7; Baxter 81. 100.7mm. Bronze. Augustus & Louis Saint-Gaudens, Sc. Edge marked TIFFANY & CO. About Uncirculated with some rub on the high points, more so on the reverse.

Obverse bust left with palm branches to each side. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN above. PRINTER PHILOSOPHER/SCIENTIST STATESMAN/ DIPLOMATIST below. The reverse, portraying the allegorical figures of HISTORY, SCIENCE, LITERATURE and PHILOSOPHY is a masterpiece showing the combined efforts of Augustus and Louis Saint-Gaudens. Their combined initials appear in a small monogram near the edge of the reverse.

Even though this medal was authorized by Act of Congress, the first striking was not done by the U. S. Mint. The contract instead, was given to Tiffany & Company. According to their records, two were struck in 18k gold and one hundred fifty five in bronze. One of the gold medals was struck and presented to the nation of France by Secretary of State Elihu Root. One hundred of the bronze specimens were distributed at the direction of the President of the United States, while the remainder were for the use of the American Philosophical Society. Each of these medals bear the Tiffany & Co. edgemark. According to Saint-Gaudens scholar, Michael Moran, a second striking of 200 bronze medals for the American Philosophical Society was made by the U.S. Mint in 1907. These medals have no edge mark. $2650.00

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“The Copps Collection” of Colonial Stocks, Bonds, Documents & Fiscal Paper to be held in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Wall Street Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show.

October 19th and 22nd, 2013 in New York City

Highlights include:

  • From “The Copps Collection”, A 1792 U.S. Federal Bond Issued to and Signed by George Washington, this is one of three known, the other two are in an institutions, this is the first time ever at auction
  • U.S. Colonial; Obsolete; Fractional; and, Large Type Notes including a high grade “Educational” Set of 3 notes along with dozens of other rare banknotes.
  • Worldwide Banknotes including an outstanding U.A.E. Specimen Set as well as hundreds of other rare and desirable notes.
  • Hundreds of U.S. & Worldwide Stocks and bonds including autographed certificates and autographs by Daniel Drew; Thomas Edison; Buffalo Bill Cody, Robert Morris and many others.

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