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Presidential Coin and Antique Company exonumia auction June 30

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.

The highly sought 1913-dated plaque depicts Liberty with shield, her right arm outstretched. The battleship Maine is shown about to go under water in the background.

The plaque is cast from metal recovered from the USS Maine, destroyed in Havana Harbor, Feb. 15, 1898. The explosion, never fully explained, precipitated the Spanish American War after the United States blamed Spain for the destruction of the warship and declared war.

The plaque has an estimate of $1,200 to $1,700.

Washington Guards silver oval

An undated, uniface Washington Guards oval silver portrait piece, on thin planchet, 78 by 54.5 millimeters, is available in the auction. The piece is graded Very Fine.

The lot description indicates the reason the piece was produced is unknown, but is believed to date from the mid-19th century.

The piece has an estimate of $400 to $600.

Scovill Centennial medal

This Uncirculated 76-millimeter bronze medal from 1902 celebrates the centennial of the founding of Scovill Manufacturing Co. in Waterbury, Conn.

The obverse bears the portraits of J.M.L. and William H. Scovill. The reverse design includes within a cartouche the name of George C. Wilcox, to whom the medal was presented.

Beginning in 1827 when the firm operated under the name J.M.L. & W.H. Scovill, the business was the most important manufacturer of merchant and political tokens, especially during the Hard Times period during the early to mid 19th century, according to the auction firm.

The medal has an estimate of $200 to $400.

Cleveland mechanical chair

A circa 1888 1.5-inch silvered brass political stickpin features Grover Cleveland and a mechanical chair.

When the chair is latched in the closed position, the inscription reads, “The Presidential Chair. Who Shall Occupy It?” Once released, the seat pops up to reveal a photo of Grover Cleveland.

The stickpin is in EF condition, with $100 to $200 estimate.

Each winning bid is to be reduced to 10 percent over the second highest bid. A 15 percent buyer’s fee will be added to the final closing price of each lot won.

All bidding rules by telephone, fax, email or postal mail can be located at here

Collectors may also call 571-321-2121.

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