One of just seven purportedly known examples of the Holy Grail of
George Washington presidential inaugural buttons is being offered by
Early American History Auctions in its June 23 online sale.
The 333-lot auction comprises several collectibles categories:
Historic Autographs, Colonial America, Colonial & Continental
Currency, Revolutionary War, George Washington Related, Federal Period
& War of 1812, Civil War Era, Encased Postage Stamps & Postage
Stamp Envelopes, Abraham Lincoln Related, Slavery & Black History,
Decorative Arts, Historic & Political Americana, and Coinage & Currency.
The button, in Fine condition, carries an estimate of $30,000 to
$40,000. The Pater Patriae design type, DeWitt GW-1789-41 as
attributed in Century of Campaign Buttons 1789–1889 by J.
Doyle DeWitte, depicts Washington in full military uniform. The
25-millimeter copper shell is lead-filled as made and bears the
The central Washington portrait is heavily worn, as is the PATER
PATRIAE inscription along the bottom of the button.
Inside Coin World: Note shows Washington
Monument as it should have looked: A 19th century
note shows the Washington Monument in its original though abandoned
form. Also in the June 25 Coin World, a coin scandal begins in 1935.
Anti-slavery token, Massachusetts cent
The auction includes an About Uncirculated example of the 1838-dated
anti-slavery Am I Not A Woman and A Sister token, Low 54 (Hard
Times Tokens by Lyman H. Low).
The tokens features a black woman kneeling on her right knee, her
hands shackled and pleading for humanity. The reverse is inscribed
LIBERTY / 1838 with a wreath and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. The
estimate is $400 to $500.
A 1788 Massachusetts cent in the sale is cataloged as Ryder 1-D
(The Copper Coins of Massachusetts by Hillyer Ryder) and
described as being in Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated condition.
The cent features a Native American brave on the obverse with a bow
in his right hand and an arrow in his left. COMMON WEALTH is separated
by the man and a five-point star. On the reverse is an eagle with
shield on its breast, the date 1788 below, and MASSACHUSETTS around
the top border followed by a period.
The cent carries an estimate of $1,200 to $1,600.
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