copy to be sold at ANA show by Numismatic News
| Posted on 7/01/2014
Reproductions of a Brasher
doubloon will be struck and sold at the American Numismatic
Association’s World’s Fair of Money where the original will
be on display Aug. 5-9 as the centerpiece of the ANA Museum
Though nowhere near as expensive
as the $10 million insured value of the finest certified
original doubloon, the reproductions will contain roughly
0.85 ounce of .999 fine gold worth about $1,130. Their sales’
price, though, will be much higher.
“Novodels (reproductions) of the Brasher
doubloon have been commissioned by Monaco Rare Coins to
be struck in .999 fine gold by the Gallery Mint on the ANA
convention floor. Master Engraver Ron Landis will actually
be minting the coins with a hand-operated screw press and
educating attendees on the process used to create these
important pieces of Americana two centuries ago,” said Monaco
Vice President Adam Crum.
“A portion of the proceeds from sales of
the Brasher doubloon novodels will be donated to the ANA
by Monaco. We have a goal in mind to donate $250,000 to
the ANA for many important projects the association is seeking
to fund in the coming years. My hope is that our membership
will enjoy these fun novodels and see them as an important
resource to educate collectors about significant rarities
that enhance our hobby,” explained Crum.
The original Brasher weighs 26.4 grams and
is .890 fine gold.
“The novodels will be the same weight as
the original, but have the beautiful rich color of solid
pure .999 fine gold,” said Landis.
“There is a lot of hand crafting that will
go into the making of the blanks, hand chasing the edge,
striking and finally, adding the oval ‘EB’ stamp after the
coin is struck in the screw press,” Landis said.
This is the first time Monaco
has displayed the original doubloon since its purchase in
A video and detailed information about the
history of Brasher doubloons can be found online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com/BrasherVideo.
The obverse design of the Brasher doubloon
shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one claw and arrows
in another to symbolize the United States wants peace but
is ready for war. There are 13 stars around the eagle’s
head representing the original 13 colonies, and the obverse
motto is E PLURIBUS UNUM (“Out of Many, One,”). The “EB”
punch mark is on the wing on the left side of the coin.
The reverse design is a sun rising over
a mountain in front of a sea, a symbolic representation
of a new beginning. Around the design is another Latin legend,
NOVA EBORACA COLUMBIA EXCELSIOR. Columbia was a nickname
for the United States, Nova Eboraca translates to New York
and excelsior is Latin for “ever higher.”
In addition to his punch marked initials
on the obverse, Brasher’s full last name is on the reverse.
Besides his work as a respected gold and silversmith, Brasher
served in various political and government jobs of the day
in New York and was a neighbor of George Washington on Cherry
Street in lower Manhattan.