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Newspapers are full folio size unless described as quarto (abbreviated 4to) or octavo (8vo), which are respectively smaller in format. Most newspapers have been removed from bound volumes and may exhibit characteristic minor spine weakness or separation without significant paper loss. Illustrations are provided of a number of items (more will be added). To access the pictures, click on the highlighted link that follows the catalog listing. When done viewing, select the "Back" button in your browser to return to this page.

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A Classic Archaic Coin With A Unique Subject
M6-001. [ANCIENT COIN] SILVER DRACHM, minted 525 - 463 BC. [16mm diameter, 2.4 grams weight, minted at Thasos, Thrace]
From the island of Thasos, off the coast of Thrace, modern Macedonia, comes this handsome silver piece. This is one of the earliest coins made in Europe; coinage had been invented in nearby Asia Minor, modern Turkey, less than a century earlier. Around the turn of the 6th century B.C. Thasos enjoyed a burst of economic prosperity and embarked on minting its own unique coinage. The city fathers chose as the emblem of their city a rather bawdy subject, an aroused male satyr, nude, carrying off a scantily-clad struggling nymph, who raises her right hand in protest. It is engraved in the charmingly robust style of what is termed the Archaic period of classical Greek numismatic art.
The theme of the lusty Satyr and the resisting but ultimately compliant Nymph is an enduring archetype of human sexuality that fascinates through the ages. The motif is seen in Classical Greek statuary, in erotic frescoes on the walls of Pompeii, and even in Victorian "high art" nude studies. The frankness of the subject matter is without parallel in classical numismatics (other nearby cities would copy the provocative design for their coinage later in the century) and is a perennial favorite among collectors.
Like all coins made before machinery was invented, this piece was struck by hand, by a strong workman using the powerful blow of a sledgehammer to drive the die's design into the carefully weighed silver blank. The reverse of the coin bears only the rough four-part mark of the minter's punch tool, for this coin is from the earliest times, before it was realized that a design could be struck into the reverse of a coin as well as an obverse. References: Sylloge Numismata Graecorum (Coppinger) type 1014 - 1016.
Our specimen is in pleasing fine condition, an affordable specimen of quite a sought-after coin which trades in the multiple thousands of dollars in Mint State. It is of course fully guaranteed to be a genuine original ancient coin. High quality close-up photographs of the obverse and reverse of the coin are accessible through the links below.. . . 249.00

Rare 18th century Broadside with Numismatic Interest
M6-003. [BROADSIDE] MARIA THERESA, DEI GRATIA, ROMANORUM IMPERATRIX...DUX MANTUAE &c &c... June 6, 1779. [Complete original issue, singlesheet, 2 pages, large folio size, published at Mantua, Lombardy, by Alberto Pazzoni]
This broadside poster was issued in the name of the Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and her co-regent Ferdinand. It provides for a major "rifforma delle Monnere, esequita nello Stato de Milano..." It specifies 22 new regulations, including weights, finenesses of the coins, their equivalents in other Italian city-states' money, how the work is to be done, and so forth. New gold and silver is to be introduced as well, to be struck at Milan, as Mantua's mint was shut down after an extensive coinage of Sessioni, Soldi, and Soldini in 1758, bearing the Austrian Monarch's portrait bust. Nice decrative item, with the Royal Arms in the heading. Under Austrian rule since 1708, Mantua enjoyed great prosperity. Its famed Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, the Scientific Theatre, and numerous Palaces were built in this period; meanwhile the Empress' young daughter, Marie Antoinette, had recently become Queen of France
Condition of this issue is very fine and clean; margins once trimmed, mounted on a paper backing. Overall dimensions are 16½" x 23½". . . . 175.00

Mint State Israel Commemorative Lira, over Fifty Years Old
M6-006. [COIN]. Israel, 1 Lira, 1960. [33mm size, copper-nickel]
This attractive Israeli coin was minted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Deganya kibbutz. Its obverse features a stylized modernistic view of the settlement; the reverse has the date, denomination, and "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic characters. KM-28, catalog value $6.00 .
Condition is uncirculated . . . 3.50
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British Shillings from the Year of the Beatles
M6-007. [TWO COINS].English Shillings , 1964. [25mm size, copper-nickel]
The English Shilling was coined on the standard of twenty to the Pound for many centuries. It was replaced by the Tenpenny piece in the 1971 decimalization of British currency. During the Reigns of Elizabeth II and her father King George VI, the Shilling was minted each year with two different obverses, the "English" design of three lions, and the "Scottish" design of a lion rampant. The former acknowledges the Royal Family's Scottish descent. We offer a pair of the handsome coupons, one of each design, and among the last of their kind to be minted, and in the year that Britain's most famous export, perhaps, was the Beatles. Seaby 4147 and 4148, catalog value $1.50 each. The pair for .
Condition is uncirculated . . . 1.95
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Silver Dollar of the Third French Republic
M6-008. [COIN] FIVE FRANCS, 1873. [38mm size, minted at the Paris Mint, France]
This large fine silver coin, the size of our old Silver Dollar, features the classic obverse of the standing figures of Hercules flanked by twin goddesses, and the motto of the revolution, "LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ". On the reverse is the denomination, date, and mintmark, in an olive wreath. Weighing over 2/3 ounce of pure silver, priced at a little over its metallic content.
Condition is is VF-XF, with traces of original mint luster in the devices, small scratches at the obverse . . . 20.00

Gulf War Souvenir Collection
M6-009. [NINE ITEMS] Collection of Nine Postwar Iraqi Banknotes , 1992. [Various sizes, Baghdad, Iraq]
These notes were printed by the Iraqi government following its defeat in the Gulf War of 1991. They lack the sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices of the Swiss-printed notes which had been in circulation before U.S. forces demolished the country's military capacity and civilian infrastructure. We offer a set of nine different notes in original uncirculated condition as follows. The "P" number in each description refers to Pick's Standard Catalog of World Paper Money.
P-85, 250 Dinar with Saddam Hussein and the liberty monument; P-84, 100 Dinar, Saddam Hussein and the Baghdad clock; P-83, 50 Dinar, portrait of Saddam Hussein and the Baghdad bridge (scarcer issue); P-86, 25 Dinar, Hussein and the Ishtar gate; P-74, 25 Dinar, Arabian horses (issued as emergency war currency); P-80, 5 Dinar, Hussein and the tomb of the unknown soldier; P-79, 1 Dinar, coin and Musanteriah school; P-78, 1/2 Dinar with astrolabe and minaret of Samarra; P-77, 1/4 Dinar, palm trees. In all a fine souvenir of those times.
Condition of all notes is crisp uncirculated. Priced at just . . . 9.50

Genuine Coins About A Thousand Years Old!
M6-010. CHINA. Large bronze or brass Multiple Cash coin, Northern Sung Dynasty, various rulers, about 1 1/8" diameter (about Half Dollar sized) minted in China between 960 and 1125 AD.
I am pleased to offer these very interesting early Chinese coins. They employ the standard design that was used for Chinese base metal coinage for over 2200 years, a round coin with a raised border and a square hole in the center, for stringing the coins together, and four obverse characters giving the name of the issuing authority and the denomination. The reverse side was blank or occasionally carried a mintmark. This style first appears in the Chou Dynasty ca 265 BC. The last of the type was made in the late 1940's during the Communist revolution.
Unlike western coins, which were decorated with elaborate portraits of gods and kings, in the East coins were strictly utilitarian and are quite elegant in their simplicity. These cash coins were hand-crafted in enormous numbers, somewhat crudely cast in molds rather than die-struck as western coins were. They remain among the most inexpensive genuinely old collectible coins to be found.
Condition is generally very good with surface adhesions as excavated. Their appearance can be easily improved with a little judicious cleaning. In my photo of the coins in this group, linked below, notice the darker and slightly brassier coin in the center. I picked one at random and cleaned it, and in just a few minutes, I was able was able to attribute it to the period "Hsuan Ho" of the Emperor Hui Tsung, 1119-1125 AD, using the online references below.
References. General information about early Chinese coins is online at Wikipedia and at the Coins of Ancient China. You can find details needed to precisely attribute these coins at Northern Sung Dynasty Coins. Price per coin is just . . . 2.50
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M6-010a. Lot of ten different Cash coins as above, only . . . 16.50    Enter your order quantity here: 

M6-0680. 14 Different Philippine Tax Stamps, 1890 - 1899. A nice grouping of 14 different Revenue stamps from the Philippine Islands during its last years as a Spanish Colony. Denominations range from one centavo to three pesos, including perforated and imperf. varieties. All different, all mint condition. Nice lot . . . 3.50
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Coins in Old Newspapers
I am pleased to present here a selection of early newspapers and magazines with significant content relating to coins, coinage, or coin collecting. I have had a personal interest in coin collecting since 1960 when as a fourth grader I heard that some new pennnies with a small date might be worth as much as a dime. It is absoutely fascinating to read about coins when they were simply the day's medium of excchange, that are now very valuable as colector's pieces.

Money was of course quite as interesting to our ancestors as it is to us today. Its production was noticed in older newspapers generally as part of a larger feature, perhaps on the state of the economy, or the functioning of the U.S. Treasury or its subsidiary the U.S. Mint, and later the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Sometimes papers would carry features of the discovery of a trove of old coins, or of some amazing new record price paid by a colector for a great rarity, or the loss at sea of a shipment of coins or bullion. There were also occasional articles on new coin deisgns and denominations as they appeared over the course of our long history. I have also included here accounts of gold and silver rushes and mining, and similarly related topics.

All of these newspapers are far rarer than many of the coins they report. No one, after all, threw out a double eagle after using it once, while the overwhelming majority of the original readers of these newspapers simply discarded them after reading. Those few that still survive today are indeed prized collectibles that will help enrich any numismatist's understanding and appreccciation of his or her collection. They can make prize-winnning display material at shows and exhibitions as well.

Mr. Jefferson Defines Our New Coinage
M-E6-6052. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE AMERICAN MUSEUM or UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, September, 1790. [Complete issue of 48+8+10+4+8 pages, octavo size, published at Philadelphia, by Carey & Stewart]
Published in its entirety in this historic issues, and signed in type THOMAS JEFFERSON is the great patriot and current Secretary of State's "Report to obtain uniformity in measures, weights, and coins..." He discusses at length the importance to trade of standard weights and measures, and applies the full force of his genius to the arguments for a natural basis of such a system. Of great interest to numismatists is the final section of the report in which Jefferson defines the standard monetary unit of the United States as a "dollar, or unit" of 376 troy grains of fine silver, with an 8% alloy to improve its wearing capability in circulation. Also in this issue, report of the great ceremonies in Philadelphia, just now become the nation's capital, on the treaty of peace and friendship with the Creek Indians. Letters from Europe tell of the sadness which greeted the news of the great Ben Franklin's recent death. Lengthy on Philadelphia's statistics as the city grows in commercial importance. Interesting essay on raising revenues through import duties, the sole source of income of the brand new federal government until the Civil War. Letter of Franklin's is published on the death of an unfortunate struck by lightning. More, excellent issue, complete with all serial parts.
Condition of this issue is choice bright very fine, in later paper wraps. . . . 175.00   SOLD

Detailed Frontpage Announcement of the First Gobrecht Silver Dollars!
M-G1-1647. [SINGLE ISSUE] NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, December 17, 1836. [Complete issue of 16 pages, quarto size, published at Baltimore, Maryland, by William Ogden Niles]
This great issue features a detailed page one announcement of the new silver dollar, "the first coined at the mint since 1805." It includes a full description of the brand-new Seated Liberty obverse designed by Sully and engraved by Gobrecht, while will dominate U.S. silver coinage for the next 56 years. The eagle flying in a field of 22 stars, each representing a state, "the entrance of Michigan, it seems, anticipated" is here attributed to the artists Titian Peale. Great numismatic display issue, one of the best of the century. Only one thousand of the new dollars were minted; today they are classic American rarities much sought by collectors. Inside, full Annual report of the U.S. Treasury Department, with a good section on the mint's operations, state of the new circulating gold coins, and more. Also Nicholas Biddle, President of the Bank of the U.S., on the evils of paper currency, in this era of "Hard Times" and economic depression. Much more in this fine newsy issue.
Condition of this issue is choice bright very fine . . . 75.00

First Glimpse of the Small Cent and the First Harper's Mention of Coin Collecting!
M-G1-1675. [SINGLE ISSUE]. Harper's Weekly, February 7, 1857. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by the Harper Brothers]
A life-size illustration of the pattern 1856-dated Flying Eagle Cent graces a good article entitled "Not A Red Cent" on the new copper nickel coin with a nostalgic farewell to the old, smelly, dirty and impractical large cent. It had been nicknamed "red" because its first issue was struck in almost pure copper and was a dazzling red when fresh from the mint. Also present an account of early coin collectors, some of whom are eccentric enough to give "its weight in gold" for certain old coppers. Classic numismatica. Also a two-page illustrated visit to China and more in this Vol. I No.7 issue of the great classic. (Extra postage 45¢)
Condition is bright fine with a splash of light foxing . . . 35.00

The First Numismatic Cartoons in the American Press!
M-G2-2033. [SINGLE ISSUE]. HARPER'S WEEKLY, February 21, 1857. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York]
"Brother Jonathan's New Baby" is the title of a splendid backpage cartoon that shows Miss Liberty cradling the new Flying Eagle Small Cent, while the old Large Cent (depicted as a child with the wreathed reverse of the old coin in place of her head) weeps inconsolably. Great history for the coin collector, plus another cartoon "The Spanish American Difficulty" shows a U.S. Silver Dollar giving the boot to the old Spanish Milled Dollar, for the same Act of Congress that authorizes the Small Cent also demonetized Spanish silver, for finally the U.S. Mint was able to produce enough coin to supply demand. Good feature on U.S. intervention in Nicaragua, people reputed to be over 100 years of age (and how much they drink!). The "Revolution in Peru" is covered in a two page spread with 8 woodcuts of the battles and places. Lots more.
Nice fine condition. . . . 50.00

A Fine Oversized Tax Stamp
M-G2-2087. [TAX STAMP]. DISTILLERY WAREHOUSE STAMP, 1878. . 9¼" x 3¼" size, printed at Bureau of Engraving & Printing Washington D.C.
Issued by the Internal Revenue Department, this oversized tax stamp recognizes the duty payment per cask of distilled spirits. A fine portrait of "Old Rough and Ready", President Zachary Taylor graces this uncommon Revenue Stamp. Engraved and serially numbered by the same facility that produced the nation's currency.
Nice fine condition, unissued, with three punch mark cancellations, as all extant specimens possess. . . . 7.50

Loss of the Treasure Ship Central America
M-GA-0015. [SINGLE ISSUE] HARPER'S WEEKLY, September 26, 1857. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at New York, by Harper Brothers & Co.]
This issue contains a detailed two-column account of the wreck of the steamship Central America, caught in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Carrying tons of gold bars and newly-minted coins from California, she took 426 souls to the bottom with her. This report gives a gripping moment by moment account of the loss, from survivors' testimony. Editorial on the tragedy in wonderful gushing era prose, parses the brave captain and crew, bemoans man's smallness in the face of nature's might. The ship's golden cargo was slavaged some twenty years ago and has fetched in the billions on the collector market. Also in the issue a superb doublepage woodcut of the newest ocean-going steamer of the renowned Collins Line, the Adriatic. At 354 feet in length she was the largest vessel ever launched in the U.S. A visit to Palestine, then a province of the Ottoman Empire, includes views at Galilee. Grisly fullpage woodcut shows Indian rebels strapped to cannons, to be blown to pieces by vengeful Englishmen enraged by their failed rebellion.
Condition of this issue is nice clean very fine, carefully removed from a bound annual volume. . . . 35.00

A Visit to the United States Mint at Philadelphia
M-G4-0085. [SINGLE ISSUE] GLEASON'S PICTORIAL, July 17, 1852. [Complete issue of 16 pages, large quarto size, published at Boston, Mass., by Frederick Gleason]
Six great woodcut engravings illustrate this first article in the weekly news press of the operations of the U.S. mint at Philadelphia. We see a fine exterior view of the facility, the scenes in the press rooms and milling rooms, the main steam engine that powers the operation and a fine news steam coin press, as well as a view of the "Adjusting Room" where dozens of seated young ladies weigh each coin to be sure it is correct. The accompanying article tells the story of the mint and its progress. Great numismatica! Also in the issue a two-page spread of vies of Niagara Falls and more pictures and articles. .
Condition of this issue is fine, very light edge wear in two blank margin-ends, not detracting at all. (extra postage .45¢). . . 75.00

A Visit to the Royal Mint
M-GB-0003. PENNY MAGAZINE MONTHLY SUPPLEMENT, February 28, 1838. [Complete issue of 8 pages, quarto size, published at London, England] A fine engraving of the Tower Mint (see my scan) highlights this excellent issue of the fame weekly magazine, the earliest forerunner of the weekly illustrated press. The accompanying article tells of the new facility and its modern appointments. Nice numismatic history.Also in this article a feature on the detrimental eefcts of tight coresets on women's skeletal systems, with illustration, and more. Nice fine, from a volume. . . 9.95   View Detail Scan

Finding A Medieval Treasure!
M-GB-0030. [SINGLE ISSUE]. THE PENNY MAGAZINE, November 01, 1834. [Complete issue of 8 pages, quarto size, published at London, by the S.D.U.K.]
Great lengthy article tells of the discovery of the Tutbery Treasure, a huge stash of silver coins hidden there by the Earl of Derby in his ill-fated rebellion against the King in 1322. Two engravings show the mass of coin fused together as it was found, and a sliver penny of King Edward. Delightful numismatic history
Condition is bright clean VF . . . 8.50


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