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Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention Highlights

January 4, 2023

Presidential Coin & Antique held a June auction in conjunction with the Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention. An unlisted 12 3/4″ bronze galvano of Lincoln, cast in 1909 by the Roman Bronze Works, was the work of noted sculptress Edith Woodman Burroughs (1871-1916). She studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City under Augustus St. Gaudens and Kenyon Cox. Burrough’s work is highly textured and stands in contrast’ with the more finished appearance of other 1909 Lincoln portrait galvanos by Brenner, Roine and Calverley. It “galvanized” some bidder into paying $1,265. A 41 mm. Douglas-Johnson doughnut ferro was a “sweet” offering. This is the penultimate or next to largest size. Someone “took a bite” of the doughnut for $3,910. A somewhat common Grant-Colfax jugate medal in superb condition is an example of a beautifully executed and showy campaign item that is more than affordable. It made $335. A fairly scarce Lincoln medal issued for his first inauguration in 1861 declared (quoting Tallyrand) that [Lincoln] was “The Right Man in the Right Place.” It realized $835. Finally, an 1 1/2″ celluloid button produced by A. G. Trimble of Pittsburgh in 1925, pictures Lincoln and promotes, of all things, a Klan Reunion at Gettysburg. At this point of time, the Civil War had been over 60 years, but the Klan was at its zenith, with the Keystone State “ground zero” for the antiCatholic, anti-Black organization. It “crossed” the block for $175.