Rare $1,000 ‘grand watermelon’ Treasury Note sells at auction for $2M

An example of a Series 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note depicting George Meade with the signatures of William Starke Rosecrans and James N. Huston, known as “the grand watermelon.” Photo credit: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing

BALTIMORE (AP) – A rare $1,000 bill nicknamed “the grand watermelon” for its ornate green zeros has sold at auction for $2.04 million.

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M.S. Rau Antiques acquires Lincoln opera glasses

President Abraham Lincoln’s opera glasses. Image courtesy M.S. Rau Antiques

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It’s not the gilt-detailed craftsmanship or the age of the small, brass, black-enameled binoculars that might fetch a French Quarter antique gallery’s asking price of $795,000. It’s their history: Abraham Lincoln is believed to have used them to get a better view of the stage at Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated.

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Melania Trump announces restoration of Blue Room furniture

White Houser furniture by the noted Parisian cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellangé (1760-1844). Image courtesy whitehousehistory.org

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House Blue Room is getting a new old look. Melania Trump has announced the restoration of a collection of furniture made for the White House by Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Bellange.

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First Dollar of the New World sells for $528K in Philadelphia

First Dollar of the World, auctioned for $528,000 on Aug. 17, 2018. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

PHILADELPHIA – The legendary First Dollar of the New World struck in Mexico City by the Spanish in 1538, sold for $528,000 Friday, Aug. 17, at an auction of rare ancient and world coins held by Heritage Auctions in Philadelphia.

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1913 Liberty Head nickel auctioned for record $4.56M

Obverse and reverse views of 1913 Liberty Head nickel sold by Stack’s Bowers for a record $4.56 million. It is one of only five such coins ever produced. Image courtesy of Stack’s Bowers

PHILADELPHIA- Numismatic auction powerhouse Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold the rarest and most valuable U.S. nickel in existence for $4,560,000 million at their August 15 auction held at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. At this price it becomes one of the five most valuable coins ever sold at auction as well as the most valuable non-precious metal coin ever.

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Welcome to Colonial Williamsburg hooked rug exhibition Sept. 7

Hooked rug attributed to Lucy Trask Barnard (1800-1896), Dixfield, Maine, circa 1850, wool and cotton on linen, Joseph and Linda Caputo Collection, T079-2017, 13.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Spanning more than a century of rug making, the craft of creating nonwoven rugs will be in the spotlight at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, when “Folk Art Underfoot: American Hooked Rugs,” an exhibition of 14 exquisite examples of sewn and hooked rugs opens Sept. 15 to remain on view through Sept. 7, 2020.

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David Lawrence Rare Coins acquires 1804 Draped Bust Dollar for $2.64M

There are only 15 known examples known of the 1804 Draped Bust Dollar. It is highly coveted by collectors worldwide. Image courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – David Lawrence Rare Coins has acquired one of only 15 known examples of the world-famous 1804 Draped Bust Dollar on behalf of a partner, Dell Loy Hansen. Hansen is a lifelong coin collector, businessman and owner of the Real Salt Lake major league soccer team in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Met to exhibit 17th-century Persian garden carpet

The ‘Wagner’ Garden Carpet (detail), Iran, Kirman, 17th century. Lent by Glasgow Life (Glasgow Museums) on behalf of Glasgow City Council: from the Burrell Collection with the approval of the Burrell Trustees

NEW YORK –The “Wagner” Garden Carpet—a late 17th-century Persian carpet never before seen in the United States—will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer and fall in the special installation “Eternal Springtime: A Persian Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection,” opening July 10.

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Heritage chosen to auction newly discovered 1854-S Half Eagle coin

Image courtesy of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

DALLAS – A previously unknown 1854-S Liberty Head Half Eagle – considered among the rarest of all U.S. coins – will be offered by Heritage Auctions after the firm was selected to bring the specimen to auction. Initially believed to be counterfeit, the gold coin is just the fourth specimen known to exist and will be the first to appear at auction since the 1982 sale of the Louis Eliasberg Collection.

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Gold coin that jingled in George Washington’s pocket headed to auction

Views of front and back of 1792 gold piece believed to have been George Washington’s cherished keepsake. The coin will be offered by Heritage in a high-profile August auction. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – A one-of-a-kind gold coin believed to have once been a cherished memento of U.S. President George Washington made its first public pre-auction appearance since 1890 when Heritage Auction put it on display June 14 at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo in Long Beach, California. The gold coin will be sold without reserve at an August auction during the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. It is only the third time in its history that this piece has been offered at public auction.

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