ARCHIVE

(ca. 1826-1827) A.W. Hardie, New York merchant token. Rulau-E NY 295. Brass, 31 mm. MS-62 (NGC).

No one pays more!

For high quality Washington medals. If you have rare or top condition Washington-
iana for sale or trade, contact us!

(ca. 1826-1827) A.W. Hardie, New York merchant token. Rulau-E NY 295. Brass, 31 mm. MS-62 (NGC).

SOLD

Details

(ca. 1826-1827) A.W. Hardie, New York merchant token. Rulau-E NY 295. Brass, 31 mm. MS-62 (NGC). Plain edge. Listed as Rarity-7 by Rulau as a type, Rarity-8 with plain edge. A very scarce early New York City merchant token, struck by Thomas Kettle in Birmingham according to Rulau. Hardie, a tailor, was located at the corner of William and Garden (now Exchange Place) in Lower Manhattan for just two years, allowing for precise dating of this token. This example is highly lustrous, with flashy golden brass surfaces showing hints of blue and deep gold toning. A little specking is seen under a glass, but the eye appeal is superb. This was the finest example owned by John Ford, acquired from F.C.C. Boyd on March 26, 1958; it was also Boyd's finest. It's the best I've seen in the marketplace and should be considered one of the finest extant -- considering the interest Boyd, Raymond, and Ford lavished on early New York tokens (and their willingness to acquire multiples), it's hard to believe if any of them had seen a finer example they wouldn't have bought it. Gil Steinberg also passionately collected the tokens of New York City. He bought two of these over the years: the better one appeared as lot 499 in the October 1989 Stack's sale of his colonial coin and token sale, described with "a couple of thin scratches on the obverse and an attempted partial piercing at the top. ... Extremely Fine. Very rare and seldom offered." Like many of the coins from his 1989 sale, Gil bought the token in, an inveterate collector who couldn't bear to part with them at a typical market level. When it was reoffered in the November 2002 Bowers and Merena sale that bore his name, it brought $92, the same price as a VF duplicate; both prices were disappointments to Gil at the time. Had he ever seen a truly Mint State example like this one, he likely would have valued it in the thousands. Our price estimate at the Ford sale wasn't far off of it, but its inexpensive acquisition allows for us to price it below what we were actually willing to bid for it.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS62
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2600277014

Listed below are blog articles related to this product listing, if applicable:

Description

Details

(ca. 1826-1827) A.W. Hardie, New York merchant token. Rulau-E NY 295. Brass, 31 mm. MS-62 (NGC). Plain edge. Listed as Rarity-7 by Rulau as a type, Rarity-8 with plain edge. A very scarce early New York City merchant token, struck by Thomas Kettle in Birmingham according to Rulau. Hardie, a tailor, was located at the corner of William and Garden (now Exchange Place) in Lower Manhattan for just two years, allowing for precise dating of this token. This example is highly lustrous, with flashy golden brass surfaces showing hints of blue and deep gold toning. A little specking is seen under a glass, but the eye appeal is superb. This was the finest example owned by John Ford, acquired from F.C.C. Boyd on March 26, 1958; it was also Boyd's finest. It's the best I've seen in the marketplace and should be considered one of the finest extant -- considering the interest Boyd, Raymond, and Ford lavished on early New York tokens (and their willingness to acquire multiples), it's hard to believe if any of them had seen a finer example they wouldn't have bought it. Gil Steinberg also passionately collected the tokens of New York City. He bought two of these over the years: the better one appeared as lot 499 in the October 1989 Stack's sale of his colonial coin and token sale, described with "a couple of thin scratches on the obverse and an attempted partial piercing at the top. ... Extremely Fine. Very rare and seldom offered." Like many of the coins from his 1989 sale, Gil bought the token in, an inveterate collector who couldn't bear to part with them at a typical market level. When it was reoffered in the November 2002 Bowers and Merena sale that bore his name, it brought $92, the same price as a VF duplicate; both prices were disappointments to Gil at the time. Had he ever seen a truly Mint State example like this one, he likely would have valued it in the thousands. Our price estimate at the Ford sale wasn't far off of it, but its inexpensive acquisition allows for us to price it below what we were actually willing to bid for it.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS62
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2600277014

Related Blog Article(s)

Listed below are blog articles related to this product listing, if applicable:

Post your comment

John Kraljevich Americana