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    An assortment of coins that makes up what may be the most interesting lot in this sale, provided, of course, you love a mystery. What do we mean by that? It seems that in 1944, a certain collector (whose name appears on the documents contained in this lot) ordered some coins directly from the Treasury Department. The enclosed letter, on official Department of the Treasury letterhead and dated December 29, 1944, sheds some light on how this lot was obtained. It reads: "Dear Sir or Madam: With reference to your recent communication requesting certain coins and transmitting a remittance in the amount indicated below, there are forwarded herewith the following uncirculated coins for your personal collection." The letter then lists $1.82 in face value of halves, quarters, dimes, nickels, and cents from each of the three mints. It ends with: "Total face value of coins: $5.46; Mail charges: .49; Refund enclosed: Stamps: .01; Total amount received from you: $5.96. Applications for coins should state the purpose for which they are required. Very truly yours, W.A. JULIAN treasurer." A second letter on a small sheet of paper reads: "Remittance must accompany each order and should be made by Postal Money Order or Certified Check, payable to Treasurer, U.S., or cash, sent by registered mail. Mail order patrons must allow for return postage at the rate of three cents per ounce or fraction thereof. In addition, it is recommended that provision be made for registration. The fee on orders valued at $5.00 or less is $0.20; $5.01 to $25.00, 25c. Do not send a self-addressed envelope for the return of your purchase. Such envelopes are frequently found unsuited for the purchase. Small balances due the purchaser will be returned in 1c, 2c, or 3c stamps. Treasury cannot undertake to furnish coins that are free from tarnish and scratches. Coins become scratched in the necessary counting and packing at the mints, and they become tarnished after being stored away at the mints for a short time." An envelope with a green 1c Washington stamp of the era contained within is stapled to the note. This lot contains two each of 1944 P-D-S cents, nickels, dimes, quarters, and halves, as well as two each of 1946 P and D cents, nickels, dimes, quarters, and halves, plus two each 1946-S cents, dimes, and halves, all average MS 63 or so, for a total of 56 coins, all in an original canvas mint bag; the bag has been opened, but the original seal is contained. What about that mystery? There is another canvas bag, but it is still sealed, and we have no idea what its contents might be. There appears to be a wrapped roll that contains several halves and other denominations, as well as another roll, perhaps nickel-sized, that also probably contains several coins of different denominations. We cannot attest to the coins contained therein, but the bag is still sealed and the tag is stamped "JAN 10 1946." It probably contains 1945 or 1946-dated coins from the Treasury, but we consider it a "pig-in-a-poke" deal, and we are selling the lot as is, without benefit of return privileges. We can attest to the quality of the listed coins, many of which are toned from being end-of-the-roll coins, but we can only hope you will be happy with the coins in the sealed bag.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 1998
    26th-29th Saturday-Tuesday
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