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HORNREICH COLLECTION: Medallic History of Christopher Columbus and the World's Columbian Exposition

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Last Modified:  9/4/2020
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Slot: Columbian Expo 50 Cent Commemorative 1892
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892
Design Description: SILVER COMMEMORATIVES COLUMBIAN EXPO 50 Cent Commemorative
Item Description: Silver 50C 1892 COLUMBIAN
Grade: NGC MS 65
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Commemorative 50C Columbian Expo Half Dollar Dated 1892, NGC MS65, Cert# 3755154-005. An outrageously beautiful super well stuck example with wonderful full details and no distractions. How can you not include a the 50C piece in a Columbian Expo Set, even if it is not technically a medal? The World’s Columbian Exposition half dollar depicts on its obverse a right-facing portrait of Columbus. Barber’s initial B is at the truncation of the bust. Around the periphery, separated by stars, are the legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and COLUMBIAN HALF DOLLAR. The reverse features a port view of the Santa Maria, based on a replica commissioned by Spain. Below are two hemispheres flanked by the date 14 92. The actual date of coinage appears below, either 1892 or 1893. Separated from it by stars is the peripheral inscription WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CHICAGO. Morgan’s initial is cleverly hidden within the rigging of the ship, at the lower right of the mainsail.
Slot: Columbian Expo, Michigan at Columbian, State Dollar, Eglit-219
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892-3
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN Michigan at Columbian Expo
Item Description: Aluminum SC$1 (1892-3) IL HK-214 MICHIGAN AT COLUMBIAN WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPO HK-214 AL, Eglit-219 JEFF SHEVLIN COLLECTION
Grade: NGC MS 61
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Medal, 1892-3, AL, MICHIGAN AT COLUMBIAN EXPO, STATE DOLLAR, Chicago, IL, So Called Dollar HK-214 Aluminum, Eglit-219, NGC MS61, Cert# 3511470-030. Obv. Edifice; above around World's Columbian Exposition; below Michigan Building; around, near bottom border, microscopic Childs Chicago; beaded border; Rev. In 12 lines across center, I.M. Weston / Pres. / E.H. Belden / Vice Pres. / J.W. Flynn / Treas. / Peter White / Mrs. J.A. Pond / John T. Rich / Mark W. Stevens / Secy.; outside, around Michigan World's Fair Board; beaded border. Size: 38mm. Eglit 219. Ex Jeff Shevlin.
Slot: Columbus Declaration of Independence Dollar, Eglit-36, HK-157 WM
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892-3
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN Declaration of Independence Dollar
Item Description: WM SC$1 1892-3 IL HK-157 DECLAR OF INDEPENDENCE COLUMBIAN EXPO, 37mm HK-157 WM, Eglit-36 JEFF SHEVLIN COLLECTION
Grade: NGC MS 62
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Medal, 1892-3, WM, DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE DOLLAR, WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, Chicago, IL, So Called Dollar HK-157 White Metal, Eglit-36, NGC MS62, Cert# 3511470-025. Obv. Across center, on ribbon, World's Columbian Exposition; below at l., 1892, below at r., 1893; upper half is scene depicting signing of Declaration; above all, around Signing of Declaration of Independence / July 4th 1776; in lower half in center is spread eagle atop shield; below bust to l., Columbus, below bust to r., Washington; below all, Chicago; Rev. Upper half is scene depicting Landing of Columbus; above, Discovery of America; below scene, on ribbon, October 1492; lower half is scene depicting Landing of Pilgrims, microscopic R. L. beneath r. base; below, Dec. 1620 / Landing of the Pilgrims. Struck by Boldenweck & Co, Chicago, who received design patents D20,196 and D20,195 for the obverse and reverse designs Oct. 7, 1890. Possibly designed by Rudolph Laubenheimer, who designed No. 297. Almost certainly not designed by Robert Lovett, as suggested by Eglit, since Lovett died more than a decade earlier.
Slot: Columbus Peacock Dollar, Eglit-439
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1937
Design Description: Columbus Peacock Dollar C.D. Peacock Centennial
Item Description: Brass IL 1937 CHICAGO C.D. PEACOCK CENTENNIAL Eglit-439 GILT, 31.8mm
Grade: NGC MEDAL MS 65
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Medal, 1893, Brass, C.D. PEACOCK CENTENNIAL MEDAL, WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPO, United States, Eglit-439, NGC MS65, Cert# 3186283-013. Obv. Portraits of Elijah Peacock and his son, C.D. Peacock, Chicago Jewelers, 1837-1937. Rv. Fort Dearborn, World Columbian Expo, and Great Chicago Fire with embedded steel from Jewelers Safe 1893 Fire. Quite an interesting bit of history. GEM.
Slot: Eglit-309A, HK-627 Bz, Phillipsburg Columbian Celebration 1892
Origin/Country: United States New Jersey / Chicago, IL 1892
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN HK-627 Phillipsburg Columbian Celebration
Item Description: Bronze SC$1 1892 NJ HK-627 PHILLIPSBURG COLUMBIAN HK-627 Bz, Eglit-309A PHILLIPSBURG, NEW JERSEY
Grade: NGC MS 63 BN
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Medal, 1892, Bz, PHILLIPSBURG COLUMBIAN CELEBRATION, New Jersey & Chicago, IL, So Called Dollar HK-627 and Eglit-309A. Bronze, NGC MS63BN, Cert# 2516699-007. Obv. Statue; above Columbus; below statue Souvenir Medal; at l. border 1492, at r. border 1892; Rv. Male bust facing part r.; above Rev. R. E. Burke, Rector; upper border legend Sts. Phillip & James Church; below bust Oct. 12 1892 / Phillipsburg, N. J. 38mm. Rarity-5. History: On August 16, 1892, a group of parishioners of St. Philip and St. James Church, Phillipsburg, NJ met with their pastor, Father Emmett Burke, at his request, to decide how to raise the necessary funds to purchase a statue of Christopher Columbus. The statue was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Columbus on San Salvador on October 12, 1492. The V. H. Mullins Company made the statue, which was selected, in Salem, Ohio. They used a design of the famous sculptor Alfons Pelzer.1 It was based on an original painting of Columbus, which is considered to be the greatest likeness of the famous explorer. It was the official Columbus picture adopted by the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and considered by them to be "the most pleasing and historically, the most correct". The 9-foot statue was formed from copper sheets with an internal steel armature for stability. In his left hand Columbus held a globe and in the right a pair of calipers. On his left stood a pedestal on which was a globe with a dove. When the statue became badly deteriorated, it was restored using one of the medals (maybe this one?) so that the likeness could be made more authentic. There may have been up to 4 of these statues, one of which was destroyed in a fire in Chicago in 1893 at the Columbian Exposition.
Slot: Columbian Expo Related, Carter H. Harrison Statue, HK-765 Cu, Eglit-360, Rulau Chi-7 1893
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1893
Design Description: Carter Harrison Statue Medal HK-765 Cu Columbian Expo Related
Item Description: Copper SC$1 (1893) IL HK-765 CARTER H. HARRISON HK-765 Cu, Eglit-360, Rulau Chi-78
Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
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Medal, 1893, Copper, CARTER H. HARRISON STATUE, (Columbian Expo Related) Chicago, IL. So-Called Dollar, HK-765, NGC MS64BN, Cert# 3127917-011. Well engraved high-relief bust of Carter Harrison, Mayor of Chicago, who was shot dead in October, 1893, during the World's Columbian Exposition, while he was standing in the doorway of his own home. The shooter, Patrick E. Prendergast was seeking revenge for failing to obtain a city city job. The assassin was quickly convicted and hanged. The reverse of the medal has a memorial plaque and noted that the bearer of the medal paid $1 into Mr. Harrison's memorial fund. A somewhat difficult medal to find in high grade. Attractive.
Slot: Columbian Expo Related, Carter H. Harrison Statue, HK-765 cu, Eglit-360, Rulau Chi-78 1893
Origin/Country: United States Illinois 1893
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN CARTER H. HARRISON STATUE
Item Description: Copper SC$1 (1893) IL HK-765 CARTER H. HARRISON STATUE HK-765, Eglit-360, Rulau Chi-78
Grade: NGC MS 62 RB
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Medal, 1893, Copper, CARTER H. HARRISON STATUE, (Columbian Expo Related) Chicago, IL. So-Called Dollar, HK-765, NGC MS62RB, Cert# 2462181-007. Well engraved high-relief bust of Carter Harrison, Mayor of Chicago, who was shot dead in October, 1893, during the World's Columbian Exposition, while he was standing in the doorway of his own home. The shooter, Patrick E. Prendergast was seeking revenge for failing to obtain a city city job. The assassin was quickly convicted and hanged. The reverse of the medal has a memorial plaque and noted that the bearer of the medal paid $1 into Mr. Harrison's memorial fund. A somewhat difficult medal to find in high grade.
Slot: Columbian Expo, Ada Rehan Dollar
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1893
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN Ada Rehan Dollar
Item Description: Aluminum SC$1 1893 HK-767 ADA REHAN HK-767 AL OSTHEIMER COLLECTION
Grade: NGC MS 61
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Medal, 1893, AL, ADA REHAN DOLLAR, COLUMBIAN EXPO, Chicago, IL. So Called Dollar, HK-767 Aluminum, NGC MS61, Cert# 2023975-006. Obv. Female bust l.; above Ada Rehan 1893; below bust, microscopic (incuse) Copyright 1893 by R. H. Park. Rev. Full female figure facing; standing on globe which rests atop spread-winged eagle; in r. hand is sword, in l. hand are scales; above, around "The Silver Statue Justice"; below * of the State of Montana *
HK-767 Aluminum. 45mm.ADA REHAN. Irish-born American actress Ada Crehan (1860-1916) was known especially for Shakespearean roles; played over 200 parts in company of Augustin Daly between 1879 and 1899. In those days it was not unusual for boom-towns of West to attract famous theatrical persons in touring companies. A misprint in a program had her name as Ada Rehan and this became her stage name. This medal is likely part of the 1893 World's Columbian Expo. Ada Rehan was the model for the statue that was in the Montana Building at the Columbian Expo which is depicted on the reverse. Ex Jeff Shevlin, Ex Ostheimer Collection (noted on NGC label).
Slot: Columbus Brass Hinged Coin "Box"
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892
Design Description: Columbus Brass Hinged Coin "Box" Beard Columbus Metal Coin Holder
Item Description: Brass So Called Dollar Size 1892 Eglit-132A, HK-237E (Obv) Columbus Brass Hinged Coin Box
Grade: Raw MS 65
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Medal Coin "Box", 1892, BR, WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION COLUMBUS BRASS COIN "BOX", with Hinged Lid, Eglit-132A. Obverse of HK-237E (Rarity-7). Not Encapsulated. Designed to look like a stack of fifteen reeded edge coins, the hinged top opens to reveal a hollow container that originally contained Exposition medals, Eglit-118 to 131, et seq. These are rarely found in as nice condition as this one, with working, hinged lid. Cf. Goldberg Auction 75, Lot 1922, which realized $265.00 for a ten reeded edge size "Box", this example being even more rare. From the Don Niemi Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Medals and So Called Dollars.
Slot: Columbus American Railway Supply, Silver
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892
Design Description: COLUMBUS / AM RAILWAY COLUMBIAN EXPO MEDAL SET
Item Description: AR 1892 R-NYK-4 SILVER Rulau-NYK-4
Grade: NGC MEDAL MS 64
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Medal, 1892, AR, AMERICAN RAILWAY SUPPLY / COLUMBIAN EXPO, United States, Chicago, Rulau-NYK-4, NGC MS64, Cert# 1967001-001. 1892 American Railway Supply Medal Set in NGC Multi-Coin Holder. Silver, gilt and nickel, 13mm. Columbus bust on obverse. Reverse inscribed "Compliments of American Railway Supply Co. Manuf'r's of medal, check, badges". This is an impressive set of almost impossible to find high grade medals. The silver medal is NGC graded MS64. The gilt medal is NGC graded MS65. The nickel medal is NGC graded MS68. This is the only set graded by NGC and likely the finest known examples. Ex Goldberg #75 Auction, Lot 1921, Ex Hoffman Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Medals.
Slot: Columbus American Railway Supply, Nickel
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892
Design Description: COLUMBUS / AM RAILWAY COLUMBIAN EXPO MEDAL SET
Item Description: Nickel 1892 R-NYK-4 NICKEL Rulau-NYK-4 Nickel
Grade: NGC MEDAL MS 68
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Medal, 1892, Nickel, AMERICAN RAILWAY SUPPLY / COLUMBIAN EXPO, United States, Chicago, Rulau-NYK-4, NGC MS68, Cert# 1967001-003. 1892 American Railway Supply Medal Set in NGC Multi-Coin Holder. Silver, gilt and nickel, 13mm. Columbus bust on obverse. Reverse inscribed "Compliments of American Railway Supply Co. Manuf'r's of medal, check, badges". This is an impressive set of almost impossible to find high grade medals. The silver medal is NGC graded MS64. The gilt medal is NGC graded MS65. The nickel medal is NGC graded MS68. This is the only set graded by NGC and likely the finest known examples. Ex Goldberg #75 Auction, Lot 1921, Ex Hoffman Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Medals.
Slot: Columbus American Railway Supply, Gilt
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892
Design Description: COLUMBUS / AM RAILWAY COLUMBIAN EXPO MEDAL SET
Item Description: AE Gilt 1892 R-NYK-4 GILT Rulau-NYK-4 Gilt
Grade: NGC MEDAL MS 65
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Medal, 1892, AE Gilt, AMERICAN RAILWAY SUPPLY / COLUMBIAN EXPO, United States, Chicago, Rulau-NYK-4, NGC MS65, Cert# 1967001-002. 1892 American Railway Supply Medal Set in NGC Multi-Coin Holder. Silver, gilt and nickel, 13mm. Columbus bust on obverse. Reverse inscribed "Compliments of American Railway Supply Co. Manuf'r's of medal, check, badges". This is an impressive set of almost impossible to find high grade medals. The silver medal is NGC graded MS65. The gilt medal is NGC graded MS65. The nickel medal is NGC graded MS68. This is the only set graded by NGC and likely the finest known examples. Ex Goldberg #75 Auction, Lot 1921, Ex Hoffman Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Medals.
Slot: Columbus Octagonal, Uniface, Discovery of America
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL 1892-3
Design Description: Columbus UNIFACE Die Trial COLUMBIAN EXPO MEDAL
Item Description: Brass 57mm 1892-93 IL E-231 BS UNIFACE - OCTAGONAL Eglit-231 Uniface Hexagon DISCOVERY OF AMERICA
Grade: NGC MEDAL MS 62
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Medal, 1892-3, Brass, UNIFACE COLUMBUS DIE TRIAL, Eglit-231, NGC MS62, Cert# 1963124-002. Holder indicates Octagonal (actually medal is Hexagon - 6 sided) Columbus Bust Medal, Reverse center, stamped 1. Large 57mm. Very scarce, perhaps 2 or 3 known. Obv. Wreath around Bust of Columbus, Legend outside Circle, The Discovery of America 1492, and at bottom, World's Columbian Exposition 1892-2. Ex Goldberg #75, Lot 1938, Ex Hoffman Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Medals. A Very Special Medal.
Slot: Columbus Statue, Guatemala (Pre-WCE)
Origin/Country: United States Chicago, IL (Guatemala) 1894
Design Description: COLUMBIAN EXPO Guatemala Statue
Item Description: Silver 24mm 1894 E-264 COLUMBUS STATUE GUATEMALA Eglit-264 COLUMBIAN EXPO
Grade: NGC MEDAL MS 63
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Medal, 1894, AR, COLUMBIAN EXPO GUATEMALA COLUMBUS STATUE MEDAL, United States, Chicago, Eglit-264, NGC MS63, Cert# 2520082-011. Obv. Statua Cristoforo Colombo, Ricordo, Della, Colonia Italiana a Guatemala, 1492-1892; Rv. 10 Giiugno, 1894, in Wreath, Inaugurata in Guatemala, 1492-1892. Ex Goldberg #75, Lot 1962, Ex Hoffman Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Medals.
Slot: Columbus Dollar
Origin/Country: United States CHICAGO, IL 1893 Columbian Exposition
Design Description: SO-CALLED DOLLARS - HIBLER & KAPPEN CHICAGO DOLLAR
Item Description: Aluminum SC$1 1893 IL HK-169 CHICAGO DOLLAR WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPO HK-169, E-18 EGLIT-18 COLUMBIAN EXPO
Grade: NGC MS 63
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Medal, 1893, Aluminum, CHICAGO DOLLAR, FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO, COLUMBUS LANDING, United States, Chicago, So Called Dollar, HK-169, Eglit-18, NGC MS63. Rarity-4. Obv. Scene illustrating the landing of Columbus; LANDING OF COLUMBUS below; Rv. SOUVENEIR OF THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION around. Center inscription providing facts about the city of Chicago. Attractive, silky-smooth lustre.
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