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    Important Group of Lincoln-Related Items
    From the Estate of Charles Eliot Norton

    Major Lincolniana Grouping From the Estate of Charles Eliot Norton. A wonderful group of Lincoln-related material that was originally owned by Charles Eliot Norton, who loaned several of them to Victor David Brenner. Brenner in turn modeled his smiling Lincoln bust and later the Lincoln cent upon the carte-de-visite of Lincoln in this collection.
    Included are: Lincoln medal, 63 mm, bronze, the obverse is virtually identical to that used on the Lincoln cent, the reverse has an eagle perched on a cliff and the motto PRESERVE PROTECT DEFEND, minor scuffing and rubbing on the highpoints; rectangular plaque of the same pose, 61 x 89 mm, bronze, rubbing over the highpoints, the exergual area reads: ABRAHAM LINCOLN / 1809 1865; souvenir card with 1909 VDB cent, AU55, the card reading COMPLIMENTS OF and hand signed by Vic D. Brenner; newspaper clipping from May 10, 1909 Grand Rapids paper of article "His Kindliest Face", that explains the smiling portrait of Lincoln used by Brenner as a model for the cent; three carte-de-visites of Lincoln (profile), Lincoln reading to his son, Tad, and the smiling portrait, accompanying papers indicate these are the actual photos by Gardner, Brady, and Ayers; and a framed and matted 1860 portrait of Lincoln, 165 x 205 mm. There are also several photocopies of letters from Brenner to Norton, Norton to Brenner, and a COINage article from December 2007 that gives much background information on these items as well as Charles Eliot Norton.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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