Monaco Rare Coins has commissioned the production of up to 10,000 gold novodels replicating the designs from the genuine 1787 Brasher, EB Punch on Wing doubloon.
The sale of the replicas will coincide with the firm’s exhibit of the real coin Aug. 5 to 9 during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
The first of the novodels will be struck on a hand-operated screw press on the bourse floor of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, according to Monaco Vice President Adam Crum. Master engraver Ron Landis made and engraved the designs.
Collectors will have the opportunity to have Landis strike their novodel purchase for them or strike their own piece on the press, according to Crum.
The genuine Brasher doubloon to be exhibited weighs 26.4 grams and is composed of .890 fine gold, with 6 percent silver, 3 percent copper and 2 percent trace elements.
Landis said each novodel will have the same weight as the original, but be struck in .9999 fine gold and be edge-marked as such.
Crum said the purchase price for each novodel will be less than $2,000.
Landis said some modifications of the Brasher doubloon designs will be made in order to keep within the intent of the Hobby Protection Act.
Landis, from the Gallery Mint in Eureka Springs, Ark., will be demonstrating and explaining details of how he recreated the 18th century work of New York goldsmith and silversmith Ephraim Brasher.
A novodel is a coin struck from new dies that are backdated — in this case, to 1787.