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.
HARD TIMES TOKENS, INAUGURAL MEDALS,
from the Presidential Coin and Antique sales.
Low 1B; HT 3. Aged Head. Superb AU. $16,500.00. B&M Michael Zeddies Collection 1990.
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
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.
BETTS MEDALS and other EARLY MEDALS
Bowers and Merena
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-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
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"
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.
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.
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.
From 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. PIC
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., www.kuenker.com , Germany 2009.
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