Last week I wrote: "There were at least TWO raffles in the world of 19th century American numismatics. What are the others?"
Scott Miller writes:
Regarding 19th century numismatic raffles, I believe the American Art Union included medals as possible prizes in its lotteries.
I wasn't aware of that; thanks. But what I had in mind was Daniel Groux, who published a pamphlet promoting a raffle of his
collection in 1855. Many thanks to Joel Orosz, who provided the below images of his copy of the pamphlet, which was earlier in the
library of Harry Bass. Groux's "Grand Enterprise" never came to fruition, and neither did his Magnum Opus on American
Numismatics (see next article). -Editor
The good professor was better at projecting grandiose schemes than at fulfilling them.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
1859 SAGE NUMISMATIC BOOKS RAFFLE TOKEN
Wayne Homren, Editor
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