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Extremely Rare 1861 P. G.T. Beauregard Confederate "dime", the Dr. Thomas A. Emmet discovery specimen

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Extremely Rare 1861 P. G.T. Beauregard Confederate "dime", the Dr. Thomas A. Emmet discovery specimen

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SKU: 2048904007

$8,750.00

Details

AU Details, Mounted (NGC). Original mount and loop, as issued. A prized and extremely elusive Civil War rarity. Acquired from the 1982 New York Public Library auction by Bowers and Ruddy, this piece comes from the cabinet of Dr. Thomas A. Emmet. Emmet published the first mention of this medal in numismatic literature, based upon this precise specimen, in the American Journal of Numismatics for February 1868, which noted this medal was "one of a number presented by the city of New Orleans immediately after the first battle of Bull Run." The article mentioned that this specimen "was sold by a Confederate soldier in New York." The Emmet article, and this piece, were also mentioned in Bauman Belden's War Medals of the Confederacy, published in 1915.

Beyond its historical importance as the first published specimen of this medal, this example is also among the very finest. The ANS piece is well worn and has a large misshapen hole blown through it (the usual remedy for the mount falling off), in addition to two smaller holes that were likely intended to fasten it to a piece of clothing or jewelry. Peter Bertram recorded only 4 examples (page 10 at the link). There are a few more than that, but certainly fewer than 10 are known. An NGC EF-45 example brought nearly $12,000 in a 2014 sale. Virgil Brand paid $25 for his in 1905, and Lyman Low got $21 for a specimen called "Fine" in 1921. I remain firm in my belief that this medalet was struck in the American South, as its texture does not resemble any French medal of this era, nor are the CR engraver's initials known on any French medal of this era. The reeding has long suggested an intended similarity to a U.S. dime, though it's doubtful any actual currency use was intended.

A classic rarity of the Civil War, these pieces turn up on the market with remarkable infrequency.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2048904007

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Description

Details

AU Details, Mounted (NGC). Original mount and loop, as issued. A prized and extremely elusive Civil War rarity. Acquired from the 1982 New York Public Library auction by Bowers and Ruddy, this piece comes from the cabinet of Dr. Thomas A. Emmet. Emmet published the first mention of this medal in numismatic literature, based upon this precise specimen, in the American Journal of Numismatics for February 1868, which noted this medal was "one of a number presented by the city of New Orleans immediately after the first battle of Bull Run." The article mentioned that this specimen "was sold by a Confederate soldier in New York." The Emmet article, and this piece, were also mentioned in Bauman Belden's War Medals of the Confederacy, published in 1915.

Beyond its historical importance as the first published specimen of this medal, this example is also among the very finest. The ANS piece is well worn and has a large misshapen hole blown through it (the usual remedy for the mount falling off), in addition to two smaller holes that were likely intended to fasten it to a piece of clothing or jewelry. Peter Bertram recorded only 4 examples (page 10 at the link). There are a few more than that, but certainly fewer than 10 are known. An NGC EF-45 example brought nearly $12,000 in a 2014 sale. Virgil Brand paid $25 for his in 1905, and Lyman Low got $21 for a specimen called "Fine" in 1921. I remain firm in my belief that this medalet was struck in the American South, as its texture does not resemble any French medal of this era, nor are the CR engraver's initials known on any French medal of this era. The reeding has long suggested an intended similarity to a U.S. dime, though it's doubtful any actual currency use was intended.

A classic rarity of the Civil War, these pieces turn up on the market with remarkable infrequency.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2048904007

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