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Presidential Coin & Antique Co. offers more than 1,100 lots of various items in June 30 exonumia sale

Auction features dog tags, medals, plaques and mechanical chairs
By , Coin World
Published : 06/07/14
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Presidential Coin & Antique Co.’s Auction Eighty-Four Exonumia Auction closing June 30 offers more than 1,100 tokens, medals and other related numismatic exonumia.

Among the items to be offered are Hard Times tokens, 19th century store cards, Civil War tokens, so-called dollar medals, inaugural medals and memorabilia, U.S. Mint medals, American Numismatic Society medals, World’s Fair and Exposition memorabilia, and military and related material.

Here’s a sampling of what the sale offers.

War of 1861 dog tag

A 27.5-millimeter brass Civil War dog tag graded Extremely Fine and holed for suspension is marked on the back with the name of Union Pvt. Edward Vose, a member of Company I, 5th Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers.

Vose enlisted at age 24 on Sept. 16, 1861. He was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg, fought Dec. 11 to 15, 1862, and died in Falmouth, Va., of his injuries on Dec. 25, 1862.

According to the National Park Service’s Battle Unit Details from the Civil War, Vose’s regiment sustained the greatest loss in battle of any infantry or cavalry regiment in the Union Army, with 1,051 killed or wounded. Death losses during service comprised 18 officers and 277 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, and two officers and 176 enlisted men killed by disease.

Vose’s dog tag carries a pre-auction estimate of between $400 and $800.

USS Maine relic plaque, 1913

A 12.75-inch by 17.5-inch cast bronze memorial plaque honoring the battleship USS Maine, sculptured by sculptor Charles Keck and cast by Jno. Williams Inc. of New York City, appears in the auction. It is in EF condition.

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