Home U.S. Coin Forum

1884 Blaine & Logan Campaign Medal Restrike by Joe Levine?

ZoinsZoins Posts: 27,110 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 9, 2021 2:31AM in U.S. Coin Forum

Is this political token by Gail and Joe Levine a restrike using the original die?

Is this die known to exist?

Gail & Joe Levine Presidential Coin & Antique Company Dealer Token - Ex. Steve Hayden (inv)

These photos are from Steve Hayden:

1884 Blaine & Logan Campaign Medal - 35mm - DeWitt-JGB-1884-3 - Ex. Brian Dobbins, Brian S. Holt (inv)

Provenance:

  • Presidential Coin and Antique (sale) July 1981, lot 1074
  • Brian Dobbins Collection of American Political Tokens
  • Stack's Bowers (sale) Mar 21, 2018, lot 474
  • Brian S. Holt (inv, sale) March 2021

Here's an original from Brian Holt.

Comments

  • rickoricko Posts: 81,787 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is one heck of a moustache on the dude on the right (as viewed).... Sorry, cannot help with your question. Cheers, RickO

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 27,110 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    That is one heck of a moustache on the dude on the right (as viewed).... Sorry, cannot help with your question. Cheers, RickO

    Mustaches and beards of the 1800s is one of the things I love about collecting medals and tokens of the period :)

  • coinJPcoinJP Posts: 9,735 ✭✭✭✭

    Never seen that one. Neat.

  • GoldenEggGoldenEgg Posts: 1,591 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m not familiar with this Joe Levine piece, but my impression is that it is not a restrike of the original die, based on the lack of sharpness and depth, and the “smearing” of the beading in the boarder and the internal design.

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 27,110 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 9, 2021 3:03AM

    @GoldenEgg said:
    I’m not familiar with this Joe Levine piece, but my impression is that it is not a restrike of the original die, based on the lack of sharpness and depth, and the “smearing” of the beading in the boarder and the internal design.

    I own both of these now so I have time to investigate. It's interesting that the original medal above was sold by PCAC in 1981. There are a lot of similarities in my mind, ones that wouldn't necessarily be reproduced by someone recreating this. Also, if it wasn't a restrike, this would seem like a very strange piece for Joe to use for his store card. At the very least, I'm wondering it's a physical copy of some type.

    I reached out to Joe via email last year on this and received no response and was sad to learn of us passing recently.

    He had a huge impact on medals I collect so it would be great to learn more about this store card of his and Gail's.

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 29,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here's another one if it is of any help.

    Many dealers have had tokens like this made. Some of the impressions of the classic coins or tokens have been quite good. This could be a very good copy die that was made from a token. There are not many 19th century dies floating around in museums and collections.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
Sign In or Register to comment.