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Americana Sale Offers the Eclectic
January 16, 2008

Second Session of the Americana Sale Dazzling

The second session of the Stack's Americana Sale opens with a fine selection of New York countermarked Joes, the work of John Burger, Ephraim Brasher, Jacob Boelen III and others. This is followed by the Michael K. Ringo collection of American silver and coin silver tableware, containing many items from smiths and jewelers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and other eastern states.

A large run of United States medals graces the the center of this session, along with smatterings of unusual items such as slave tags, Hard Times tokens, Indian Peace medals, U.S. Mint medals, Franklin medals, award medals, exhibition medals, exposition pieces, decorations, coin scales, political items, encased postage, Washington pieces, campaign medals, and oddities like this 1824 half dollar counterstamped with Washington and Lafayette for the his American visit.

The sale concludes with a vast array of U.S. coinage of all types, including a nice selection of CC $20 gold pieces, a 1793 half cent, some great California gold, a large collection of Bechtler territorial gold coins and a reappearance of the excessively rare and desireable 1849 Bowie $5 gold piece from the John J. Ford collection, with an opening bid of $180,000.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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