Regulated's Coin Album
One of two or three known examples. Julius Popper was a Romanian-born adventurer who traveled to Argentina during the gold rush of the 1880s. He put together a band of mercenaries, called "Lavaderos del Oro del Sud" (Goldwashers of the South), and traveled to Tierra del Fuego, where he discovered gold. While camped at el Paramo, Popper struck one and five-gram gold coins from crudely made dies. These pieces are incredibly rare today, with only a handful known of each denomination. The present piece was struck on a very crude planchet, probably fashioned out of a placer nugget, this unrefined gold contains a fair amount of silver, which has toned dramatically in shades of blue, green and magenta. Essentially as made. Ex-Eliasberg.
Noe-33. Wildly better than any other Pine Tree Sixpence. Off-center on the obverse, but better than most of the variety, perfectly-centered reverse with full legends. Highly lustrous with no visible marks or hairlines and subtle, attractive lilac and russet toning. I am still attempting to track down the provenance of this piece, although it doesn't appear in any well-known collections.
High Relief Lincoln Cent - One of two known white-metal 1942 experimental Lincoln Cents struck from an obverse die that measures 20% higher relief than the regular issue examples. Mint records suggest that these pieces were part of the process that eventually produced the "WAR SERIES" experimental dies. This is among the very last true patterns available to collectors.
The finest of its type, and the second finest Oak Tree Threepence known. Virtually complete legends with attractive color and real frosty luster. The Threepence is the toughest Oak Tree coin to acquire in any grade, and is essentially uncollectible in BU.
Noe-2, the Straight Tree. The second finest Straight Tree seen. The present specimen has a lot of frost and has toned around the periphery.
Unique. Now understood to be a Mint product and not a private restrike. One of the few pattern coins known with a mint mark. Probably made around 1840/1841 to test the mintmark's new location on the reverse.
Unique. Discovered in the mid-19th century, this is the earliest pattern for a circulating U.S. coin. The obverse tests the hub used to create the Fugio obverse die, while the reverse is a test of the hub used to make the die for the rare American Congress pattern, which was the original reverse design for the Fugio, and was probably abandoned because of its complexity. An exceptionally important piece of Americana that is unknown to most collectors.
Unique. Cincinnati Mining & Trading Company is one of the great rarities of the entire Pioneer Gold series, with only THREE examples in private hands of any of the gold issues. The present example is unique as a uniface reverse die trial, and the finest of the three known $20 patterns. Essentially as made, with hints of red and copious die polish.
Struck in early 1807, but dated 1797. Only a handful of original silver specimens remain of this important medal struck at the early U.S. Mint for jeweler Joseph Sansom. An example of this medal was presented to Thomas Jefferson, prompting him to press the mint to hire its engraver, John Reich, who would go on to design the Classic Head and Capped Bust coinage.
(c. 1584) The single finest Raleigh Plantations Token of either variety, boasting fresh, uncorroded surfaces, and a much better strike than is usually found on one of these. The design is one of my favorites, with a putti reclining on a stylized human skull, and bears a great legend: AS SOONE AS WEE TO BEE BEGVNNE, WE DID BEGINNE TO BE VNDONE. Enjoy the anomalous Elizabethan spelling...
Unique. An 1852/1 Humbert $10 counterstamped by H.H. Pierson and W.W. Light in Sacramento during the California gold rush. W.W. Light was a dentist, who also engraved dies for J.S. Ormsby's private gold coinage.
One of perhaps two known examples. Julius Popper was a Romanian-born adventurer who traveled to Argentina during the gold rush of the 1880s. He put together a band of mercenaries, called "Lavaderos del Oro del Sud" (Goldwashers of the South), and traveled to Tierra del Fuego, where he discovered gold. While camped at el Paramo, Popper struck one and five-gram gold coins from crudely made dies. These pieces are incredibly rare today, with only a handful known of each denomination. The present piece is lustrous and devoid of marks, it is struck in placer gold which contains traces of silver, and has developed subtle but attractive peripheral toning.