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    1864 Gilt Abraham Lincoln Patriotic Token, MS67 Prooflike
    One of the Finest Certified Civil War Tokens

    1864 Abraham Lincoln in Gilt, MS67 Prooflike NGC. Fuld-129/349k, rope border, R.8. The obverse features a profile of President Lincoln facing right, with ABRAHAM to the left and LINCOLN to the right, the date 1864 below. This dual-dated piece has the Flags, Cannons, and Drums patriotic reverse, also with the date 1864 below. All marriages of these two dies are R.8 or R.9 in the Kanzinger reference (2002), but in gilt in such an extremely high grade, this Lincoln piece must qualify as one of the most desirable Civil War tokens known. Gilt Civil War tokens of any variety are rare, and this piece is certainly one of the finest Civil War tokens known to the members of the Heritage cataloging staff.
    The surfaces are fully prooflike on each side, with the thick mint frost on the high-relief Lincoln portrait and blindingly mirrored, reflective fields on each side accenting even more boldly the cameo effect of the Lincoln design. The obverse die, which still existed in 1930 and from which restrikes were made at that time (with a different reverse die), shows non-grade-affecting die breaks in the loops of the 8 and 6 in the date. The reverse die is somewhat rotated, perhaps 15 degrees clockwise from the obverse.
    The Kanzinger reference (2002) values this piece, in MS60-62, at $350, a price that is laughably low for this piece, likely among the finest of any gilt Civil War tokens and among the finest certified, regardless of variety or rarity. It will be an exciting moment in the auction room when this piece crosses the block, as it seems almost certainly destined to set a new record. (NGC ID# 2R6K, PCGS# 661120)


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