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(ca. 1825-29) Richard Trested Six Cents token. Brass, 24 mm. Rulau-E NY 923. AU-58 (NGC).

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(ca. 1825-29) Richard Trested Six Cents token. Brass, 24 mm. Rulau-E NY 923. AU-58 (NGC).

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(ca. 1825-29) Richard Trested Six Cents token. Brass, 24 mm. Rulau-E NY 923. AU-58 (NGC). Reeded edge. A superb example of this rare early token, equal parts New York City storecard and half real substitute. Called Rarity-6 by Rulau, this token may actually be rarer. The Michael Brand Zeddies specimen was not terribly far removed from the quality of this one (it was graded EF-40 in 1990, selling for $660), but that appears to be the finest sold in the last thirty years aside from the Ford specimens. Neither the 1989 nor 2002 Steinberg sales included this variety, despite Gil Steinberg's love and pursuit of New York City tokens. Ford owned three, all apparently from Boyd, of which this was the second best; it is not a stretch to suggest that this may be the second finest of all known examples! The ANS has long focused on the numismatics of New York City, since the founding of its collection there in 1858. Though the tokens of Richard Trested were no older than Bicentennial quarters are now when the club was founded, they were avidly collected, catalogued by member Charles I. Bushnell in his pioneering An Arrangement of Tradesmen’s Cards, published the same year. Despite this, the best example of this token in the ANS cabinet is an apparent grounder. Today, any Trested card is cherished, though many (most?) are holed. This variety is, to me, the most interesting of them, with its apparently unusual denomination actually a rounded-off stand-in for a Spanish colonial half real, which was more precisely worth 6 1/4 cents. While scrip notes in this denomination were quite common, and the Spanish coins themselves were ubiquitous, six-cent tokens are rather unusual. This example shows nice old golden toning over surfaces that retain some faded lustre, with only modest marks here and there and excellent sharpness on both sides. While some light schmutz is present here and there, old and original schmutz it is, as this piece was never cleaned or brushed or anything else from the time John Ford acquired it in 1958 from F.C.C. Boyd's estate until now. Richard Trested is something of the Jim Morrison of early American engravers, a man swathed in some mystery who died too young (he was just 30), let left behind an impressive body of work in his brief career. His apprentice, James Bale, purchased the business, which evolved into Wright and Bale when Charles Cushing Wright became a partner. This is an early odd-denomination New York City token of great rarity and importance, the sort of thing Charles Bushnell would be impressed to know you owned. How many other items in this price range can you say that about?  

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU58
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2600434018

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(ca. 1825-29) Richard Trested Six Cents token. Brass, 24 mm. Rulau-E NY 923. AU-58 (NGC). Reeded edge. A superb example of this rare early token, equal parts New York City storecard and half real substitute. Called Rarity-6 by Rulau, this token may actually be rarer. The Michael Brand Zeddies specimen was not terribly far removed from the quality of this one (it was graded EF-40 in 1990, selling for $660), but that appears to be the finest sold in the last thirty years aside from the Ford specimens. Neither the 1989 nor 2002 Steinberg sales included this variety, despite Gil Steinberg's love and pursuit of New York City tokens. Ford owned three, all apparently from Boyd, of which this was the second best; it is not a stretch to suggest that this may be the second finest of all known examples! The ANS has long focused on the numismatics of New York City, since the founding of its collection there in 1858. Though the tokens of Richard Trested were no older than Bicentennial quarters are now when the club was founded, they were avidly collected, catalogued by member Charles I. Bushnell in his pioneering An Arrangement of Tradesmen’s Cards, published the same year. Despite this, the best example of this token in the ANS cabinet is an apparent grounder. Today, any Trested card is cherished, though many (most?) are holed. This variety is, to me, the most interesting of them, with its apparently unusual denomination actually a rounded-off stand-in for a Spanish colonial half real, which was more precisely worth 6 1/4 cents. While scrip notes in this denomination were quite common, and the Spanish coins themselves were ubiquitous, six-cent tokens are rather unusual. This example shows nice old golden toning over surfaces that retain some faded lustre, with only modest marks here and there and excellent sharpness on both sides. While some light schmutz is present here and there, old and original schmutz it is, as this piece was never cleaned or brushed or anything else from the time John Ford acquired it in 1958 from F.C.C. Boyd's estate until now. Richard Trested is something of the Jim Morrison of early American engravers, a man swathed in some mystery who died too young (he was just 30), let left behind an impressive body of work in his brief career. His apprentice, James Bale, purchased the business, which evolved into Wright and Bale when Charles Cushing Wright became a partner. This is an early odd-denomination New York City token of great rarity and importance, the sort of thing Charles Bushnell would be impressed to know you owned. How many other items in this price range can you say that about?  

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU58
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2600434018

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