This press release describes material to be exhibited at the upcoming ANA World's Fair of Money®.
Described by researchers as
one of the most important recent discoveries in
20th century American numismatics, the unique Experimental Finish 1910 Saint-
Gaudens Double Eagle will be displayed alongside one of the two known Satin Finish
Proof 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles at the 2022 Chicago World's Fair of Money®.
It is the first time these multi-million-dollar coins will be publicly exhibited together.
The coins are being loaned to the American Numismatic Association by Brian
Hendelson, president of Classic Coin Company of Bridgewater, New Jersey
(www.ClassicCoinCompany.com) for the unprecedented exhibit in the convention's
Museum Showcase area (booth #1927). The 2022 World's Fair of Money will be held
August 16-20 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of
Hendelson is also loaning his personal collection of 11 presidential appointment
documents involving the United States Mint dating from 1792 to 1872. This also will be
their first public display together. Each historic document was hand signed by the
president making the appointment: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James
Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, or
Ulysses S. Grant.
I love American history, and I'm delighted to let the public see these important
United States coins and documents. I don't know if these will ever be exhibited together
again, so this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this unique collection in
person, said Hendelson.
Ten of the historic presidential appointment documents will be displayed in the
Museum Showcase. An 11th document, President Washington's 1795 appointment of
Elias Boudinot as the third Mint Director, will be exhibited at the Classic Coin Company
booth (#1222) along with high-quality examples of first-year of issue coins struck during
Boudinot's tenure at the Mint from 1795 to1805.
The lettered-edge 1910 Double Eagle, designed by acclaimed sculptor Augustus
Saint-Gaudens, is graded PCGS SP66+ CAC. It is the only known example of this type
of Experimental Finish with surfaces that are lighter and more reflective than Satin
Finish proofs, and brighter than Matte Proofs of that era.
The 1921 Satin Finish Double Eagle is graded PCGS SP64+ and was discovered
in 2006, a half dozen years after the first known example was discovered. No others
have been reported. The Satin Finish was used on 1909 and 1910 Double Eagle proofs;
however, experimental pieces with Satin Finishes from different years are now known,
including the two from 1921.
George Washington's appointment of David Rittenhouse as Mint Director
The Brian Hendelson Collection of Presidential Appointment Documents in the Museum Showcase exhibit are:
President George Washington's 1792 appointment of David Rittenhouse
as first Mint Director. The document also is signed by Jefferson who was
Secretary of State at the time;
President Washington's 1795 appointment of Joseph Richardson as Mint
President Thomas Jefferson's 1806 appointment of Robert Patterson as
the fourth Mint Director. It is also signed by James Madison who was
Secretary of State at the time;
President James Monroe's 1825 appointment of Samuel Moore as
Director of the Philadelphia Mint;
President Andrew Jackson's 1832 appointment of John Richardson as
President Martin Van Buren's 1837 appointment of John R. Bolton as
Director of the Charlotte Mint;
President Franklin Pierce's 1853 appointment of John Newson as San
Francisco Mint Melter and Refiner;
President Abraham Lincoln's 1861 appointment of David Cheweseman as
San Francisco Mint Treasurer;
President Ulysses S. Grant's 1869 appointment of Oscar D. Munson as
San Francisco Mint Assayer; and
President Grant's 1872 appointment of Chauncy Noteware as Carson City
These are the first-year of issue coins that will be displayed at the Classic Coin
Company booth with President Washington's 1795 appointment of Elias Boudinot as the
third Mint Director:
1796 Draped Bust Quarter, PCGS MS63PL
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar, NGC MS63+
1795 Draped Bust Dollar, NGC MS64
1795 Draped Bust $5, NGC MS63+
1795 Draped Bust $10, PCGS MS62
Wayne Homren, Editor
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