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World-Class Wolfe, Spies, and Clark Rarity, Baker-589A

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World-Class Wolfe, Spies, and Clark Rarity, Baker-589A

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From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection.

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(ca. 1829) Wolfe, Spies and Clark token. Silvered brass. Baker-589A, Rulau-E NY-962A. AU-58 (NGC). A simply superb specimen of this famous early American token rarity, as sought after by specialists in Washingtoniana as it is by token enthusiasts. I wrote extensively about my affection for the Wolfe, Clark, and Spies (sometimes styled as Wolfe, Spies, and Clark) series when offering another similar specimen, and about the once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity the dissolution of the multi-generational Ford holdings represented. Now some months removed from that auction, the way rarities that were stacked like cord wood in the sale have disappeared back into the woodwork is staggering. Long feted as a classic rarity, even when offered in (as typical) low grade or holed, this New York City storecard features a portrait of Washington on one side and President Andrew Jackson, in his military uniform, on the other. This specimen is perhaps the most even and balanced of the several superlative examples offered in Ford, with warm lustre on rich silvery surfaces with brassy flash beneath. The devices are sharp on both sides, and the visual appeal is absolutely excellent. The last Wolfe, Clark, and Spies token I had (of a slightly different variety) was snapped up very quickly by a savvy connoisseur, and I expect this one will likewise sell fast and stay in private hands a long time.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU58
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2600453009

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Details

(ca. 1829) Wolfe, Spies and Clark token. Silvered brass. Baker-589A, Rulau-E NY-962A. AU-58 (NGC). A simply superb specimen of this famous early American token rarity, as sought after by specialists in Washingtoniana as it is by token enthusiasts. I wrote extensively about my affection for the Wolfe, Clark, and Spies (sometimes styled as Wolfe, Spies, and Clark) series when offering another similar specimen, and about the once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity the dissolution of the multi-generational Ford holdings represented. Now some months removed from that auction, the way rarities that were stacked like cord wood in the sale have disappeared back into the woodwork is staggering. Long feted as a classic rarity, even when offered in (as typical) low grade or holed, this New York City storecard features a portrait of Washington on one side and President Andrew Jackson, in his military uniform, on the other. This specimen is perhaps the most even and balanced of the several superlative examples offered in Ford, with warm lustre on rich silvery surfaces with brassy flash beneath. The devices are sharp on both sides, and the visual appeal is absolutely excellent. The last Wolfe, Clark, and Spies token I had (of a slightly different variety) was snapped up very quickly by a savvy connoisseur, and I expect this one will likewise sell fast and stay in private hands a long time.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU58
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2600453009

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