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Last Modified:  3/25/2021


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View Coin   UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1922 JK-AC-66 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION "HON. S.P. GILBERT" ON EDGE PCGS MS 64 Crossed over to NGC as MS65 March 2019. NGC Certification number 4908817-002.
View Coin   UNITED STATES COPPER CU 1870 JK-AC-8 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION PCGS MS 63 BN 1870 U.S. Assay Commission Medal (JK-AC-8) COPPER
33.5 mm.
Designer: William Barber.
Rarity-3

Crossed over to NGC MS64 BN (NGC Certification # 4477435-001)
View Coin 1870 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-8 Copper UNITED STATES CU 1870 JK-AC-8 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 64 BN 1870 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL JK-AC-8 CU

Composition: Copper
Diameter: 33 mm
Engraver: William Barber
Rariety (all grades and metals): R-3
NGC Population in all grades (9/21/2018): 10
NGC Population in MS64 BN (9/21/2018): 5 (Population Higher 2)
View Coin 1890 United States Assay Commission JK-AC-33 UNITED STATES BRONZED-COPPER AR 1890 JK-AC-33 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION JK-AC-33 The Strong National Museum of Play PCGS MS 66 1890 UNITED STATES ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL - JK AC-33
PCGS MS66

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition and finish: Bronzed Copper
Diameter: 33 mm
Rarity: R-4

ENGRAVER
Charles E. Barber (obverse) and George Morgan (reverse)

OBVERSE DESIGN
Bust to left with legends BENJAMIN HARRISON in the field and MINT OF THE UNITED STATES ANNUAL ASSAY 1890 around. Beaded border. The obverse bust is reduced from the regular presidential medal (PR-24) for Harrison.

REVERSE DESIGN
Robed woman in classical dress instructing youth in use of scales beneath legend LIBRA PROBAT OPUS [THE SCALES VERIFY THE WEIGHT (OF THE COINS) ]. Bust of Pallas to lower right in frame. Sprig of laurel in the exergue.. Beaded border.

PEDIGREE
The Strong National Museum of Play

AUCTION APPEARANCES OF THIS SPECIMEN
Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore Auction, Lot # 5031

View Coin 1901 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-45 Silver UNITED STATES SILVER AR 1901 JK-AC-45 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 62 1901 United States Assay Commission Medal. Silver. 40 mm x 57 mm. By Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. JK AC-45a. Rarity-5. MS-62 (NGC).

Handsome silver gray surfaces with just a touch of cabinet friction to the highest elements of the design. This issue in the first in the Assay Commission medal series that was produced from the start in the sandblast style. The Mint produced 40 silver impressions during fiscal year 1901.

Provenance: From the Newmark Collection.
Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction - U.S. Coins & Exonumia, Session 4, Lot #3087

NGC Population 2/2
View Coin 1905 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-49 Silver UNITED STATES SILVER AR 1905 JK-AC-49 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 64 1905 U.S. Assay Commission Medal (JK AC-49 AR) NGC MS-64 (NGC Cert # 4344848-001).
Silver. 55.4 mm x 39.1 mm plaque. 736.6 grains.
Designer and Engraver: George T. Morgan.
Mintage: 40 Silver Medals minted 1/23/1905
Rarity on Sheldon Scale:R5
NGC Population: 1/0
PCGS Population: 1/0
Combined NGC PCGS Population (all grades): 2 NGC MS63, 1 NGC MS64, 1 PCGS SP64

The Silver plaques struck for the U.S. Assay Commission during the administration of president Theodore Roosevelt are among the most sought after U.S. Assay Commission medals. A very limited number of Assay Commission medals were struck each year for presentation to Assay Commission members and high level Mint and Treasury officials. Only a small percentage of the original mintage exist today outside of museums and the estates of the original recipients.

The Silver plaques struck from 1903 - 1908 typically achieve lower technical scores when certified than the traditional circular Assay Commission medals struck in other years and none have achieved a grade from either NGC or PCGS higher than MS64.

This TOP POP specimen is an engaging piece with flashes of iridescent tawny gold, rose and blue toning to otherwise deep antique silver surfaces.

Pedigree of this specimen:
Stack's Americana Sale of January 2009, lot 5602.






View Coin 1909 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-53 Bronze UNITED STATES AE 1909 JK-AC-53 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION PCGS MS 65 1909 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL JK-AC-53 Bronze

Composition: Bronze
Size: 40 x 57 mm (Plaque)
Engraver: George Morgan

Rarity (in all grades): R3
NGC Population All Grades: 4 (9/22/2018)
NGC Population MS65: 0/3 (9/22/2018)
View Coin 1910 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-54 UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1910 JK-AC-54 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 67 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL
1910 JK-AC-54 AE
NGC MS67

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 45 mm

Mintage: 50
Rarity: R-5
NGC Population in MS67: 1 with none graded higher (4/01/2021)

ENGRAVER
Charles E. Barber (obverse) and George Morgan (reverse)

OBVERSE DESIGN
Bust to right with legend 'WILLIAM H TAFT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES'. Behind neck: 'BARBER'.

REVERSE DESIGN
The reverse die is done in the new art noveau style which became popular in the early 20th century. Two genii seated vis-a-vis, and holding between them a tablet surmounted by an eagle; date of 1910 on the tablet. Below, a scroll inscribed "E PLURIBUS UNUM'. Legend 'MINT OF THE UNITED STATES ANNUAL ASSAY'. Signed 'MORGAN' below scroll.

Beautiful sandy-gold surfaces are nicely impressed and border on pristine. The technical quality is solid and the eye appeal is strong for this impressive Suberb Gem. Government records indicate nthat 50 bronze examples of this type were produced on January 26, 1910.

Provenance: Larry Barber Collection

Auction History: Stacks Bowers March 2021 Auction - Session 1 - Numismatic Americana, Early American Coins & U.S. Coins Part 1 - Lot #1185
View Coin 1919 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-63 Bronze UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1919 JK-AC-63 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION ""JOHN W. HECK"" ON EDGE NGC MS 64 1919 Assay Commission Medal. Bronze. 51 mm. By George T. Morgan and John R. Sinnock. JK AC-63. Rarity-5. Edge Incuse JOHN W. HECK. MS-64 (NGC).

Obv: bust left of President Woodrow Wilson; Rev: caped god of commerce Mercury, wearing winged Petasos, ancient coin of Cnidus or Leontini at left. This handsome example displays subtle blue-gray peripheral highlights on dominant antique golden-bronze surfaces. Closer inspection reveals remnants of original rose-orange luster in the protected areas around and within Wilson's portrait. A few faint, well scattered carbon spots are all that seem to preclude a full Gem rating.

The original recipient of this medal, John W. Heck of Jersey City, New Jersey, was appointed to the 1919 Assay Commission by President Woodrow Wilson. On the commission, Heck served on the Committee on Weighing.

NGC Population: 2/0 (4/20/2019)
PCGS Population: 0/1
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 1/1

View Coin 1920 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-64 Bronze UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1920 JK-AC-64 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 66 1920 Assay Commission Medal. Bronze. 51 mm. By George T. Morgan. JK AC-64. Rarity-5. MS-66 (NGC).

An outstanding example of the type, finer than the specimen offered as lot 5313 in Stack's November 2008 sale of the Ernest E. Keusch Collection of United States Assay Medals, 1860-1977. Antique golden-bronze patina adorns surfaces that are smooth and satiny. Fully deserving of the premium Gem grade from NGC.

The 1920 Assay Commission medal features the same obverse as the 1919 medal, but the reverse shows armored Liberty seated with sword reversed, holding an olive branch. With the reverse inscriptions VICTORY and PEACE, the 1920 Assay Commission medal is the series' equivalent of the Peace silver dollar of 1921 to 1935, which was also produced in commemoration of the return of peace after the end of World War I. Thirty bronze examples of this medal were produced on February 17, 1920, but so popular was the reverse design among contemporary Americans that the Mint struck an additional 40 or 50 pieces later in the year.

By far the finer of the two examples of the type currently (4/1/2016) certified by NGC (the other example is an MS-62).

NGC Population: 1/0
PCGS Population: 0/0
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 1/0

SINGLE FINEST CERTIFIED EXAMPLE OF JK-AC-64

View Coin 1921 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-65 Bronze UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1921 JK-AC-65 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MR.JUDSON BRENNER ON EDGE NGC MS 66 1921 Assay Commission Medal. Bronze. 51 mm. By George T. Morgan. JK-AC-65. Rarity-5. MS 66 (NGC).

Edge inscribed to recipient, MR. JUDSON BRENNER. Even golden-brown patina provides strong eye appeal. This is the last medallic appearance of Woodrow Wilson, now incapacitated by his stroke of September 25, 1919. Warren G. Harding was not yet in office and Wilson's second wife, Edith Galt Wilson, was in effect standing-in for the disabled president when the Mint made the decision to recycle her husband's bust from the 1920 medal. Brenner, who at one time served as president of the American Numismatic Association, was one of the leading figures in the hobby in the early 20th century.

The finer of the two examples of the type currently (4/1/2016) certified by NGC (the other example is an MS-65).

NGC Population: 1/0
PCGS Population: 0/0
Combined NGC/PCGS Population (4/1/2016): 1/0

SINGLE FINEST CERTIFIED EXAMPLE OF JK-AC-65
View Coin 1922 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-66 Bronze UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1922 JK-AC-66 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION E: Hon. S.P. Gilbert NGC MS 65 Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 51 mm
Engraver: George Morgan

NGC Population: 1/0 (3/31/2019)
PCGS Population: 1/0 (3/31/2019)
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 2/0 (3/31/2019)

Rarity: R-4
View Coin 1931 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-75 Bronze UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1931 JK-AC-75 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 65 Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 51 mm
Engraver: John R. Sinnock (obverse) and Adam Pietz (reverse)

NGC Population: 1/0
PCGS Population: 0/0
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 1/0

Single finest certified example at any grading service

Rarity: R3
View Coin 1935 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-80 Bronze UNITED STATES BRONZE AE 1935 JK-AC-80 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION ""CLARENCE LOWE"" ON EDGE NGC MS 66 1935 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL JK-AC-80 - FINEST CERTIFIED SPECIMEN
Pedigree: Clarence H. Lowe (Presidential appointee to 1935 U.S. Assay Commission)
Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 50.8 mm
Designer and engraver: John Ray Sinnock

OBVERSE: In the field, the draped bust of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in high relief, facing to the right. The bust is encircled by the inscription: FRANKLIN . DELANO . ROOSEVELT . PRESIDENT . OF . THE . UNITED . STATES. Under the truncation, in small letters: . JR . SINNOCK . F . AD VIVUM . MCMXXXXIV. (J.R. Sinnock, made from life 1934).

REVERSE: In the field, a woman* is seated by a stand. She faces left and is weighing coins. In the background above her are a scroll and the seal of the Treasury Department. To the right is a modern coining press. Around the scene, the following inscription: MELTING - REFINING . COINING ASSAYING . ENGRAVING. Exergue: ANNUAL ASSAY / PHILADELPHIA / 1935. Far to the right on the platform, in small letters: JRS. * It is generally believed that Nellie Taylor Ross, Director of the Mint from 1933 to 1953, posed for the reverse.

EDGE: Clarence Lowe engraved on edge. Clarence H. Lowe, of New York, N,Y., was a presidential appointee to the 1935 U.S. Assay Commission. It was the practice of the U.S. Mint to engrave the name of each Assay Commissioner on the edge of their Assay Commission Medal. In 1935 fifteen Assay Commission medals were engraved and presented to the members of the commission.

The 1935 ASSAY COMISSION
The 1935 U.S. Assay Commission met on Wednesday February 13, 1935. It consisted of fifteen Commissioners (three Ex-Official Members, seven presidential appointments, and five representatives from the United States Mint in Philadelphia. Notable members of the 1935 Assay Commission included Nellie Taylor Ross, Director of the Mint from 1933 - 1953 (Chairman of the Assay Commission); Edward H. Dressel, Superintendent of the Philadelphia Mint from 1935 - 1952 (Treasurer of the Assay Commission); and John Ray Sinnock, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1925 - 1947 (the designer and engraver of the 1935 Assay Commission Medal). Chief Engraver Sinnock is best known as the designer of the Roosevelt Dime, and Franklin Half Dollar.

THIS SPECIMEN
This handsome specimen is the single finest certified example of the rare 1935 U.S. Assay Commission Medal and the only certified example (in any grade) pedigreed to one of the Assay Commission members. Julian and Keusch list the 1935 U.S. Assay Commission Medal as R5 (estimated number of specimens 31 - 75) on the Sheldon scale of rarity. As of 1/23/2016 only two other 1935 U.S. Assay Commission medals have been certified; one at PCGS SP64, and one at NGC MS62.

NGC Population: 1/0
PCGS Population: 0/0
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 1/0



View Coin 1967 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-111 Bronze UNITED STATES AE 1967 JK-AC-111 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION Ex. Eric P. Newman NGC MS 67 1967 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL JK-AC-111
Pedigree: Eric P. Newmam (Chairman of the 1967 U.S. Assay Commission)
Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 57 mm
Engraver: Frank Gasparro (obverse) and Michael Iacocca (reverse).

NGC Population: 1/0 (3/31/2019)
PCGS Population: 0/0 (3/31/2019)
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 1/0 (3/31/2019)

Rarity: R-7

SINGLE FINEST CERTIFIED SPECIMEN
View Coin 1974 United States Assay Commission Medal, JK-AC-118 Pewter UNITED STATES PEWTER 1974 JK-AC-118 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION NGC MS 67 1974 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL, JK-AC-118 PEWTER. 57mm

Rarity - 7
Combined NGC/PCGS Population: 1/0 (NONE GRADED FINER AT EITHER NGC or PCGS)

This lovely Superb Gem is the single finest certified examples of this rare Assay Commission medal. The only other certified example of this date in any grade is a SP64 specimen certified by PCGS.
View Coin 1976 United States Assay Commission Medal JK-AC-120 PEWTER UNITED STATES PEWTER 1976 JK-AC-120 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION FRANK GASPARRO ENGRAVED Ex. Betty Higby NGC MS 67 1976 U.S. ASSAY COMMISSION MEDAL, JK-AC-120 PEWTER
NGC MS67
FRANK GASPARRO ENGRAVED
EX. BETTY HIGBY, SUPERINDENDENT OF THE DENVER MINT

This important medal was presented to The Honorable Betty Higby, superintendent of the Denver Mint at the 1976 Bicentennial Assay Commission Meeting. This medal has splendid antique-gray surfaces, the obverse bearing the engraved signature of Frank Gasparro. Related Ephemera include the original blue presentation case, with Higby's business card bearing the autograph of Gasparro, and with her name card, and another card signed by Gasparro, relating to the reverse design of Washington Crossing the Delaware. The 1976 Assay Commission members received an additional souvenir of their experience. A small wood shadow box contains pieces from a Tiffany Mosaic at the Mint, and the shadow box is also included.

AUCTION HISTORY OF THIS SPECIMEN:
Presidential Coin & Antique (6/1994), lot 308;
Bowers and Merena (12/2003), lot 3559;
Heritage Signature U.S. Coin Auction #1298, 2019 ANA World's Fair of Money, Session 3, Friday August 16, 2019, Lot #4444

NGC Population: 2/0

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