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Confederate Blockade Runner Certificate. Charleston, South Carolina.

Important Offering of Confederate Blockade Runner CertificatesAtlantic Steam Packet Company Five $1000 SharesConfederate Blockade Runner Certificate. Charleston, South Carolina. Atlantic Steam Packet Company of the Confederate States. March 12, 1863. (5) $1000 Shares. Very Fine.We are pleased to offer a small but important collection of Confederate Blockade Runner Certificates this evening. During the American Civil War the Union Army employed a strategy of blockading Confederate ports in order prevent the flow of goods and correspondence in and out of the Confederacy. The fledgling Confederate states were in desperate need of imported arms and other goods to support their war effort while they relied on the export of goods such as cotton to Europe to pay for the war supplies. In order to ensure the flow of supplies in and out of the Southern states the Confederacy relied on a network of blockade runner ships, mostly privately owned, that could sneak through or out run the Union ships that maintained the blockade. These ships were built for speed and maneuverability and an estimated 2,500 to 2,800 attempts to run Union blockades were made with about an 80% success rate realized. The share certificates offered here were issued in order to raise funds for the production of the blockade runner ships. These certificates are fascinating relics of an important aspect of the Confederate war and economic effort.The Atlantic Steam Packet Company of the Confederate States ran cotton to the Bahamas and returned with goods imported from Europe. This bond for five $1000 shares comes printed on blue paper. A steamship is seen at top center. This bond was issued to George W. Williams & Co. A company seal is embossed into the bond at lower right. The company owned the steamer Kate Gregg which made four successful runs in late 1864 and early 1865 and survived the war. Likely an R-7 with perhaps five or so known. A couple of folds and minor foxing are seen.Estimate: $3,500 - $5,000. Read more

  • USANew York, USA
  • 31d 4h

1807/6 Draped Bust Cent. Sheldon-273. Large Overdate. (Large 7, Pointed

Penny Whimsy Plate 1807/6 Sheldon-273Ex Proskey, Hines, Sheldon1807/6 Draped Bust Cent. Sheldon-273. Large Overdate. (Large 7, Pointed 1.) Rarity-1. Mint State-66 BN (PCGS)."As the authorized successor to Early American Cents, Penny Whimsy became the standard text. A generation from now, whether or not collectors will remember Crosby or Hays numbers, many will still be using Sheldon numbers." -Walter Breen, Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents 1793-1814, written before 1991, published 2000.Extraordinary cartwheel luster covers the frosty surfaces, showing splendid variation among tones of olive, steel, violet, rose, and gold. The luster is exceptionally bright and swift on both sides. The devices are well-detailed, all surrounded by fields that show only trivial evidence of handling. A few contact marks gather on Liberty's jawline and throat, and some very light lines are barely visible inside the obverse rim near 3:00. OF in the reverse legend is a bit soft, owing to its location opposite the deep relief of Liberty's bust, as is the lowest of Liberty's curls. A microscopic speck adheres to the curl on Liberty's neck, and smaller ones are scattered near the left obverse periphery. Die clashes are seen on both sides, evident on the obverse above Liberty's hair bow, while a deep impression of the portrait surrounds much of the central reverse. Concentric arcs of lathe lines hide in Liberty's hair and within her shoulder drapery. The raised dashes beneath Y of LIBERTY may remain from attempts to obscure clashing. The cause of the cloud-shaped bulge right of the date, a product of a shallow depression in the die, is unclear. A very light die crack barely extends out of the denticles near 7:00, perhaps placing this as late as Breen's Die State IV, though most aspects align better to Breen's Die State IV. Major spalling eruptions extend from below I of AMERICA and through the adjacent C to the leaves below; light spalling on the obverse may be seen beneath Liberty's chin and along her bust line. Faint nearly horizontal lines near the date appear to be the result of a light layer of applied gloss, rather than anything present on the die face or in the metal of the coin.It's doubtful that any second edition has ever made as profound an impact upon numismatics as Penny Whimsy, the 1958 revision of Dr. William Sheldon's Early American Cents. Sheldon brought on two new collaborators: Dr. Dorothy Paschal, a cent collector and Dr. Sheldon's longtime companion, and Walter Breen, the enfant terrible of numismatics since the late 1940s. Breen first attracted the attention of numismatists when he began corresponding with Raymond Williamson, the author of the "Cent Collectors Forum" in The Numismatist, about 1949, while still convalescing in a VA Hospital following a rough turn in the Air Force. Within a few years, Breen had taken the column over from Williamson, began doing advanced research in the National Archives, and embarked on a cataloging career with New Netherlands Coin Company. Reprinted four times since 1958, Penny Whimsy endures as a classic, and coins depicted on its photographic plates, shot by Kenneth Bressett, have taken on a special aura of desirability.With prodigious aesthetic gifts and an ancient, impressive provenance, this ranks near the top of the census of this major variety. The only finer 1807/6 of any variety, apparently listed twice as both MS-66 RD and MS-66 RB on the PCGS Population Report, is the Beckwith Sheldon-273, found in a trunk before 1909 and sold to Beckwith in 1917. The Jasper Robertson-Walter Husak coin from these dies, also highly ranked in the published Condition Censuses, has been certified MS-65 BN by PCGS. The Beckwith Sheldon-271, sold as PCGS MS-65 RB in the American Numismatic Rarities sale of March 2005, had been off the market for 65 years before surfacing. It is one of the few 1807 cents of any die variety that rivals this example's quality and provenance.PCGS# 36442. NGC ID: 224N. PCGS Population: 1, 2 finer (MS-66 RD). (1807/6 Large 7)Publications: Breen, Walter. Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents 1793-1814, 2000, p. 769. Noyes, William C. United States Large Cents 1793-1814, 1991, plated. Noyes, Bill; Bland, Del; Demeo, Dan. The Official Condition Census for US Large Cents 1793-1839, 2005. Sheldon, Dr. William H. Penny Whimsy, 1958, plated on Plate No. 48.Provenance: David Proskey Collection, before 1916; Henry C. Hines Collection, by sale, 1916; Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection, by sale; T. James Clarke Collection, by sale, 1945; Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection, by sale, 1949; R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, by sale, en bloc, April 1972; Eric Streiner, by sale, en bloc, via Stack's, February 1992; Jay Parrino; Bowers and Merena's Rarities sale of August 1996, lot 25; W.M. "Jack" Wadlington Collection; Chris McCawley; Richard Burdick, by sale, February 2006. Est. $70,000-$80,000Read more

  • USANew York, USA
  • 32d 4h

1839 Liberty Seated Half Dime. No Drapery. Valentine-1. Mint State-66 (PCGS).

Iridescent Gem 1839 No Drapery Half Dime1839 Liberty Seated Half Dime. No Drapery. Valentine-1. Mint State-66 (PCGS).Amber, olive and burgundy luminescence adorns the lustrous surfaces of this handsome gem. The central motifs on each side display full execution. Trivial breaks undulate around the obverse circumference. Superb eye appeal and originality is evident at arm's length-no need to use magnification.The half dimes of 1839 are the last of the series without drapery at Liberty's elbow, a feature added by a revision of the Liberty Seated design. Robert Ball Hughes was paid $25 for die work in this time, leading some to suggest that he revised the motif. With a mintage exceeding one million pieces, it is remarkable that only two die pairs are known for this issue. Walter Breen attempted to explain this by stating in his 1988 Encyclopedia that much of the reported figure was composed of 1838-dated coins.Close inspection of high grade examples reveals traces of recutting of the 1 in the date. The recutting was not mentioned by Valentine or Blythe's 1992 A Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dimes, as pointed out in the Gardner Part III catalog, where a superb MS-68 (NGC) specimen appeared as lot 98160. The Gardner coin, a very early impression of the dies, was struck prior to the present gem from the D. Brent Pogue Collection.PCGS# 4319. NGC ID: 232S. PCGS Population: 21, 9 finer (MS-67+ finest).Provenance: Heritage's sale of the Joseph C. Thomas Collection, April 2006, lot 29; Larry Hanks, by sale, August 2009.Est. $2,000-$3,000Read more

  • USANew York, USA
  • 32d 4h

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