A number of numismatic items pedigreed to the estate of Margaret
Truman Daniel – the only child of President Harry S. Truman and his
wife, Bess, are being offered in Heritage Auctions’ May 24 Americana
& Political Signature Auction in Dallas.
Daniel died Jan. 29, 2008, in Chicago at the age of 83.
One of the more unusual items offered is a gold pillbox
incorporating two silver dollars believed to have been once owned by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt that he presented to Truman, his vice
president and eventual successor to the presidency.
Measuring 1.75 inches in diameter and 0.75 inch high, the pillbox
bears mounted on its lid a gilt brass medallion of Roosevelt, with
FDR’s signature engraved in the field and filled in with enamel.
According to the Heritage auction lot description, “When the lid is
opened, we see a 1924 silver Peace Dollar on the other side, of convex
form. The base of the box contains an 1876-CC (Carson City) silver
Trade Dollar, neatly spot welded.”
Among the other items are a 14-karat gold money clip on which is
mounted a Coronet gold $10 eagle dated 1884, and a Harry S. Truman
80th birthday gold medallion.
The money clip bears the initials H S T arranged vertically. The
eagle is mounted within a retaining ring, hiding a Mint mark if there
is one. Heritage describes the coin’s grade as About Uncirculated.
The 14-karat gold, 1.5-inch medal was presented to President Truman
on the occasion of his 80th birthday on May 8, 1964. The medal’s
obverse features a bust of Truman facing left, inscribed "Happy
Birthday Mr. President Harry S. Truman," with two imbedded
diamonds flanking the portrait.
The medal’s reverse depicts the Truman Library and reads
"Inaugurated April 12 1945 / 80th Birthday / May 8 1964"
with the hallmark of the maker.
“The medal is executed in a lovely matte finish with polished
letters,” according to the auction lot description. “The reverse has a
raised bezel, an integral part of the medal. Raised loop at the top
with gold chain for suspension.”
The sale totals 490 lots, with the first 237 offered at Heritage’s
headquarters at 3500 Maple Ave., 17th Floor, in Dallas, and the
remaining lots offered May 25 via mail, fax, Internet, and Heritage Live.
For more information on the sale, visit the Heritage website, or
call the firm at 877-437-4824 or 214-528-3500.