Gold medals and supporting presidential documentation pedigreed to
The Eckfeldt Collection from the “first family of the U.S. Mint”
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Inc.’s June 4 sale
of United States coins and paper money.
The lot in the firm’s Pre-Long Beach Auction carries an estimate of $100,000.
Among the other featured lots in the auction are an 1839 Coronet,
Silly Head cent counterstamped for Chile; a 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain,
AMERICA, With Periods cent; a 1794 Liberty Cap, Starred Reverse cent;
and a 1795 Flowing Hair dollar with silver plug.
We have plenty on the off-metal 1943 Lincoln
Cents and on the origin of Q. David Bowers’ column:
A reader wonders how much his 1943 cent struck on a dime planchet
is worth, while a long-time numismatist wonders why the origins of
two new bronze 1943 cents were revealed.
The June 4 auction also features The Manuel Ahumada Collection of
Large Cents 1816–1839 and the Gene Heard Collection of Red Book Large
The Pre-Long Beach Auction, to be held beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific
Time in the numismatic firm’s galleries at 11400 W. Olympic Blvd.,
Suite 800, in Los Angeles, comprises a total of 1,343 lots, the first
681 strictly being early U.S. copper pieces.
Remaining lots comprise small cents through miscellaneous gold, and
include U.S. pattern coins and U.S. paper money.
A buyer’s fee of 17.5 percent will be added to the final closing
hammer price of each lot won.
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For more information on the sale or to purchase a print catalog, visit the firm's website.
The Eckfeldt family’s legacy dates back to the 1790s with John Jacob
Eckfeldt, who was a contractor to both the Mint of North America and
the first U.S. Mint and was involved in the creation of coinage for
the American Colonies before independence.
The Eckfeldt lot comprises:
➤ A possibly unique .900 fine gold 50-millimeter 1839 medal
presented to John Adam Eckfeldt, known professionally as Adam
Eckfeldt, upon his retirement as the second chief coiner of the United States Mint.
The medal is graded Proof 62 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
➤ 1925 .900 fine gold 50-millimeter medal presented for 60 years of
Mint service to Jacob B. Eckfeldt, Adam’s grandson. NGC Proof 66.
➤ Jacob B. Eckfeldt’s gold 1930 retirement gold medal as assayer. 55
millimeters by 40 millimeters. NGC Proof 67.
➤ 1803 Capped Bust, Heraldic Eagle gold $10 eagle, obtained by
member of Eckfeldt family in 1807. NGC Mint State 61.
➤ Three original presidential appointment documents: one, dated
February 1814, signed by President James Madison and Secretary of
State James Monroe, appointing Adam Eckfeldt as chief coiner; an April
30, 1832, letter signed by President Andrew Jackson and Secretary of
State Edward Livingston appointing Jacob R. Eckfeldt (Adam’s son and
father of Jacob B.) as assayer; and a Dec. 21, 1881, document signed
by President Chester A. Arthur and Acting Secretary of State Frederick
The 1839 Coronet, Silly Head cent is attributed as the Newcomb 9
variety in United States Copper Cents 1816–1857 by Howard
Newcomb. The coin, certified by Professional Coin Grading Service as PCGS
Genuine, Extremely Fine Details, Damaged, carries an estimate of $1,000.
The coin is counterstamped with a government validation stamp from
the city of Valparaiso, Chile.
The stamp appears as an 8-millimeter dentillated circle in which are
illustrated three volcanic mountains with VALP inscribed below.
The coin is from the Manuel Ahumada Collection.
1793 Chain cent
The 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, AMERICA, With Periods cent is graded
PCGS VF-25. The coin carries an estimate of $25,000.
The large cent variety is attributed as Sheldon 4 in Penny
Whimsy, earlier Early American Cents, by William H. Sheldon.
The cent is from the first year of large cent production at the U.S.
Mint in Philadelphia. It is part of the Gene Heard Collection.
1794 Starred Reverse
The 1794 Liberty Cap, Starred Reverse cent, S-48, has 94 single,
small, five-pointed stars positioned between the reverse dentils.
The coin is graded PCGS Fine 12.
The auction firm places an estimate of $20,000 on the coin, which is
also part of the Heard Collection.
1795 Silver Plug dollar
The 1795 Flowing Hair dollar with a silver plug is attributed as
Bolender 7 in United States Early Silver Dollars from 1794 to
1803 by M.H. Bolender.
The coin offered in the Goldberg sale is graded and encapsulated
About Uncirculated 50 by PCGS.
It is believed that before striking, each planchet was weighed to
make sure it conformed to statutory standards. Any planchets that were
underweight were pierced and a silver plug of proper weight was
inserted to bring the total weight into legal tolerances.
Evidence of the silver plug can be seen on the obverse on Liberty’s
cheek and reverse on the eagle’s breast feathers.
The coin carries an estimate of $45,000 to $50,000.