Baker-Manley Washingtonia on display at the ANA
Thanks to @Dwight_M for displaying the Baker-Manley collection of Washingtonia medals and So-Called Dollars at next year's ANA!
The Baker Collection sale by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania was an amazing event that many of us watched and or participated in. As a few have said, there's some thought that this sale should never have happened.
- Announcement: https://coinweek.com/coin-shows/1933-eagle-baker-manley-washington-medals-at-2022-national-money-show/
- ANA Virtual Exhibit: https://www.money.org/money-museum/virtual-exhibits/baker-manley
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an article on this and even quoted @DCW on our very own forums!
Stephan Salisbury said:
One bidder, DCW, writing on an internet message board, commented that “I watched ... one guy just ... buy ... everything! .... Pretty much the whole collection auctioned piece by piece to THE SAME GUY! 3975.”
How many of us have had a shipment from Stack's like this???
Unfortunately, there's no discussion of specific pieces in the article so here are two pieces picked out for the Inqurirer article.
Circa 1851 Declaration of Independence Signing Ceremony medal
engraver: Charles Cushing Wright
catalog: Musante GW-181, Baker-53
grade: PCGS SP63
- Cert: https://www.pcgs.com/cert/37109268
- Sale: https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-KF7JG/circa-1851-declaration-of-independence-signing-ceremony-medal-by-charles-cushing-wright-musante-gw-181-baker-53-bronze-sp-63-pcgs
1862 Washington D.C. Emancipation Bill Passed Tag
catalog: Musante GW-566, Baker-620, var. Brass
grade: PCGS AU-58
provenance: George Massamore, William Spohn Baker, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Dwight Manley
- Cert: https://www.pcgs.com/cert/37543455
- Sale: https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-KF8B4/1862-washington-dc-emancipation-bill-passed-tag-musante-gw-566-baker-620-var-brass-au-58-pcgs
George Washington — nothing could be more meaningful than that, It’s telling a story of perseverance, of the rise of the U.S., of being honest. You can see how important [Washington] was. He was revered and respected long after he died for what he did. Today, it’s all, aha, the TMZ moment. But then? The Civil War slave token —how historic is that? This is very moving.