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  1. A really lovely example of this variety with excellent provenance. Finest 58 I’ve seen personally.
  2. Token and medals in Heritage weekly sale. The following items from my collection are available in the Heritage weekly sale that closes this Thursday. This includes a few nice Conder tokens, three macabre German Medals of War and an attractive 1833 Liberia Cent from Wayte Raymond's collection. 1. Zetzmann 2161 1914. 28mm Copper NGC MS-64. Germania nude with scythe in hand, on horse leaping above advancing German military. 2. Zetzmann 4062 1914. Bronze 33mm NGC MS-64 (Rare). Three soldiers hang dead from an oak tree. 3. Arnold Zadikow Medal 1915. (Rare). Skeleton wades in the ocean netting ships. A metaphor for German submarine warfare. 4. North Wales DH 1b. 1793. NGC MS-64 Red/Brown Prooflike. Druid halfpenny token. 5. Middlesex DH 1151. 1793. NGC MS-64 Red. Isaac Newton farthing token. 6. Middlesex DH 735. 1795. NGC MS-62 BN. Spence's British Liberty / Cain killing Abel. 7. Middlesex DH 845. 1790s. NGC MS-62 BN. Spence's Pigs Meat / Honor. 8. Middlesex DH 899. 1796. NGC MS-64 BN. Spence's England, Ireland, Scotland United token. 9. MI 684-402. 1757. NGC MS-61. Seven Years War Pinchbeck unlisted in Betts. Frederick the Great humbles the haughty queen, Maria Theresa. 10.CH-2 Liberia Cent 1833. NGC AU-58 BN. Choice with original envelope from Wayte Raymond collection.
  3. Unterseebootkrieg This piece sells in 5 days. FS: uniface iron WWI medal, contemporaneous with Karl Goetz’ work, though much harder to come by. The scene shows death wading in the ocean netting numerous ships seemingly with great ease (fish in a barrel) - a metaphor for Germany’s success with submarine warfare. Dated 1915, the year the Lusitania was torpedoed.
  4. This goes on the auction block in about one hour heritage live / floor session
  5. A very rare Anti-Thomas Paine medalet. Unsigned. Obverse: Thomas Paine hanging dead from a tree; three legends, in the speech bubble I DIE FOR THIS DAMNED BOOK, in the canopy of the tree of liberty TOMMY’S RIGHTS OF MAN, around A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT. The reverse legends read, MAY THE TREE OF LIBERTY EXIST TO BEAR TOMMY’S LAST FRIEND. Toned and with hints of brilliance still clinging to the legends in places, NGC VF30. A touch of honest wear combined with some as-made softness in strike contribute to the numerical grade.
  6. BumpThe second Anti-Slavery medal I’m selling through Heritage is an RR variety, BHM-1672, which commemorates the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies in 1834. On the obverse a newly emancipated man stands centered with arms extended. Broken shackles and chains dangle from his hands and lay at his feet. Rays of Glory shine down on him and his wife and his child. They are seated at the ground on either side of him. Above, LIBERTY PROCLAIMED TO THE CAPTIVES. Below, IN THE REIGN OF WILLIAM IV 1ST AUGT 1834. The reverse features an excerpt from Isaiah-58:6 The medal is a very rare variety. The reverse is commonly seen paired with a different obverse. Like the last piece, this is struck in bronze and remains in a rather exquisite state of preservation. It is unlisted in Eimer and I’ve not seen another in bronze nor in any composition at a comparably high grade.
  7. Mazard-318 & 318a were made of recycled metal harvested from bronze bells. The alloy used in bell making is less than ideal for coining. Perhaps a consequence of metal composition and the tools/process used in manufacturing, many specimens suffer from a degree of porosity, noticeable at a distance. The piece presently offered has superior surfaces for this issue.
  8. The reverse suggests these medals were struck, though I’ve seen descriptions indicating they were actually cast medals - perhaps because of the porosity frequently seen on examples and possibly operating on the assumption that bell medal was too brittle to withstand striking. But, if that were indeed the case then I wonder why Galle didn’t choose “moule”, instead of “frappe”, for the reverse legend?
  9. I’ve never seen much mentioned about this piece or the artist so took some time to gather a bit of info. About the artist, Andre Galle (1761-1844) From a young age Galle worked with his father who was an engraver of corners and seals. By the time he was a teenager he demonstrated a strong aptitude for art. He spent years as an apprentice in a Lyons button manufactory where he honed his artistic, mechanical and business skills. Eventually, he rose to become head of production at that company. Galle became a master engraver in 1785 and worked for the province of Lyons under that capacity. The 1792 Liberte Francoise bell medal was his first project as an engraver of medals. This medal was a proposition for the recycling of metal from church bells confiscated by the new government. It was a statement from Galle not only showing his skills but also his support for the cause of liberty in France. Simultaneously, he was relating what was happening in France with what happened a few years earlier in America, paying homage to Dupre’s and Franklin’s Libertas Americana medal. It was a smart move by Galle. He gained favor with important people in government as a result. Baron Dominique Vivant Denon, director of the Lourve Meuseum and Paris Mint later selected Galle to work on the medallic history of Napoleon series. Interestingly, he also invented and in 1829 patented, the first mass produced roller chain - Galle chain / gear - varieties of which we use today in countless applications where loading, lifting and moving are necessary. He continued to live and work in Paris until his death in 1844.
  10. Choice WWI Satirical Medal. Details and historical background below. Offered through Heritage weekly April25-May2. [Rare in bronze as seen here. Extremely rare in Silver - yep one of those in MS-66 (prob the finest existing) will be offered too but is consigned to the Hong Kong signature sale.] An eagle symbolizing Germany is perched in an oak tree. At the ground a British officer directs a monkey, dressed in Japanese uniform, up the tree. The bodies of three men hang dead from the lower branches. DER ENGLÄNDER UND SEIN JAPANER JETZT KLETTRE DU MAL AUF DIE DEUTSCHE EICHE UND VERSUCHE OB DU IHM NICHT EINE FEDER AUS DEM SCHWANZ REISSEN KANNST! 1914. The Englishman to his Japanese pet, “Now climb up this German oak and see if you can’t pluck a feather from that eagle's tail!” Historical background: In 1897 at a missionary compound in Chinese Village, Zhāng Jia, two German Catholic missionaries were ambushed and murdered while sleeping. A group called the Big Sword Society (a type of local renegade police force) is believed to have been responsible. Kaiser Wilhelm II used the opportunity this presented and instructed German naval forces in the region to take possession of Kiautschou Bay. Imperial China eventually conceded control of the area and in 1898 gave Germany a 99 year lease of the territory. —————- ”The Kiautschou Bay concession" The area consisted of 213 square miles (552 square kilometers) around Jiaozhou Bay. Tsingtao (Tsingtau, Qingdao) was founded, and the Germans developed streets, buildings, electrification, a sewer system, and a water supply. The treaty included rights for construction of railway lines and mining of local coal deposits even beyond boundaries of the leased area. Tsingtao was always under the command of the Imperial Navy, and not the Imperial Colonial Office, because of its strategic location. In 1914, the population was approximately 190,000. Today, Qingdao is a metropolis of 8 million. ————- With the WW I outbreak, Britain induced Japan to demand that Germany surrender their lease on the territory and withdraw from the area. Germany issued no response leading to a Japanese declaration of war. At the time Kaiser Wilhelm had made the defense of Tsingtao a top priority, saying that "... it would shame me more to surrender Tsingtao to the Japanese than Berlin to the Russians". About 23k Japanese forces and 1500 British forces laid siege to Tsingtao on October 31, 1914. Capitulation and occupation occurred on November 16, 1914. After WWI, the territory was awarded to Japan. Naturally, this did not sit well with the Chinese. This sparked the "May Fourth Movement", with a significant surge in Chinese nationalism Eventually, the lands were given back to China in 1922.” credit for most of the above historical detail is directly due to this first source. There are a few interesting graphics included - It is worth a visit. Further reading below.
  11. This medal is another of my favorite pieces. It too is up for sale in Heritage Central States world auction. It is PCGS-64 tied for the finest 👉(although it really is the FINEST certified of it’s variety - read below for more on that) Commonly referred to as the “Liberte Francoise” medal, this medal was made by French engraver Andre Galle in 1792. The obverse design clearly inspired by Dupre’s Libertas Americana medal. I’ve read (though sources were not noted) that this piece was Galle’s first significant work after his arrival in Paris. Allegedly, it was used in part to either help him secure a coining contract for the Paris Mint or help him gain employment with the Paris Mint. For the grade hound: As to why it’s technically the finest certified...This variety is Maz-318a (the slightly harder-to-come-by ‘double weight’ test variety). However, PCGS made an error labeling it calling it only Maz-318. The Heritage cataloger noted this in the lot description as well. They should have graded this as an SP-64, Maz-318a. In my experience, the majority of both maz-318 or 318a come in XF-AU, fewer MS60-62, 63 is rare, and 64’s almost never, and there are zero 65s. They can suffer from unsightly porosity in all grades including 64. In fact, HA sold one such porous 64 back in 2010. The piece presently offered has superior surfaces.