Here's a press release with results of the recent Daniel Frank Sedwick Auction 32.
Unique Declaration of Independence medal leads record $4.27 million Sedwick auction
A unique American silver medal depicting the presentation of the Declaration of Independence
set a new record during Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC's Nov. 3 & 4 Treasure Auction 32.
The live online and floor auction was itself a record sale for the firm with over $4.27 million sold
across 1,622 lots.
The large proof silver medal was created in 1851 by artist Charles Cushing Wright. It was the
only example he struck in silver and has been called Wright's masterpiece.
On one side, the medal depicts the presentation of the draft of the Declaration of
Independence to the Continental Congress on June 28th, 1776. Founding Fathers John Adams,
Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin along with Richard Sherman and Robert R. Livingston
on the drafting committee are shown presenting the draft Declaration to the president of
Congress, John Hancock. Of the 47 men present in the entire scene set at Independence Hall, 42
of them were signers of the Declaration of Independence. The design is based heavily upon the
famous 1818 painting by John Trumbull that currently hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
The other side of the medal presents a highlight of formative American historical events from
the "DISCOVERY OF NORTH AMERICA BY THE ENGLISH.JLY.3.1497 to
ASSAULT ON QUEBEC BY
AMERICANS.DEC.31.1775. A vignette of Europeans landing on America's shores as a Native
American awaits graces the top of the reverse design. The bottom scene depicts a developed,
busy American harbor.
The entire ownership pedigree for this unique medal can be traced dating back to Charles Ira
Bushnell (Chapman auction of June 1882, lot 1274), the Garrett Estate (Bowers & Ruddy auction
of April 1981, lot 1910), Julian Leidman (Bowers & Merena auction of April 1986, lot 4126), and
Charles A. Warton (Stack's Bowers auction of March 2014, lot 2077), subsequently purchased
by numismatist John Adams in the Stack's Bowers auction of August 2018 (lot 46).
NGC graded the medal as MS 62 though a specimen designation is more appropriate to
describe this unique piece.
The pre-sale estimate for the lot was $25,000 and up. After spirited bidding, both online and via
phone, the medal sold for $168,000. Thus, another pedigree for this unique medal has been
added – as part of the Resolute Americana Collection.
We were honored to offer this uniquely American medal at auction and see it sell so well,
said Daniel Frank Sedwick, president and founder of Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC.
fitting that the prior owner, John Adams, is himself related to Founding Father John Adams
depicted on this medal.
Shipwreck treasure also saw considerable interest during the auction with many lots surpassing
their high estimates.
A unique gold bar recovered from the
Corrigan's wreck site of a 1715 Fleet treasure ship at
Vero Beach, Florida attracted heavy bidding.
The gold ingot, weighing 915 grams and marked with a fineness of 22k, was made in Colombia
before being shipped to Spain in the ill-fated fleet. It bears the royal tax stamp as well as a
decorated assayer/foundry stamp (B)ARBACO(A)S indicating its origin from the important
Colombian gold mining town, Barbacoas. Salvors recovered the bar in 1983 and it went into the
collection of 1715 Fleet investor Don Anderson.
With an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000, considerable bidding led to a final sale price of
$132,000 for the 1715 Fleet gold bar.
The highest selling coin lot in the auction was an extremely rare gold Venezuela essai 5
venezolanos dated 1875-A in its first auction appearance ever.
The coin, graded by NGC as Proof 62 Cameo, is one of ten struck by the by the Paris Mint for
the nation of Venezuela. Only five examples, including this piece, are in private hands. Another
four are in museums like the Banco Central in Caracas, Venezuela. The tenth example is buried
in the cornerstone of the Simon Bolivar statue by Adamo Tadolini in Plaza Bolivar also in
The rarity and importance of this coin in Latin American numismatics sparked a bidding war.
The coin ultimately sold for $78,000 on a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 to $45,000.
1815 crowned Isabel II countermark on an Argentina 8 soles
Other top lots in the sale include:
Lima, Peru (State of North Peru), gold 4 escudos, 1838 M, extremely rare, graded NGC
AU 53, finest known in NGC census, ex-Hammel, ex-Goodman (lot 1040) sold for
Philippines (under Spain), silver 8 reales, crowned Isabel II "Y.II" countermark (Type VI,
1834-37) on an Argentina (River Plate Provinces), 8 soles, 1815 FL, Potosi mint, graded
NGC AU 53, c/s AU standard (lot 1048) sold for $45,000.
Venezuela (struck at the Paris Mint by Barre), silver essai 1/2 real, 1863 E, graded NGC
SP 61 (lot 1114) sold for $45,000.
Lima, Peru, gold bust 8 escudos, Ferdinand VI, 1758 JP, graded NGC MS 63, ex-Karon, ex-
Segarra (lot 1020) sold for $33,600.
Guanajuato, Mexico, gold 20 pesos, 1872 S, NGC MS 66, finest known in NGC census (lot
1008) sold for $31,200.
Segovia, Spain, gold 4 excelentes, Ferdinand-Isabel, mintmark at top, denomination
Arabic 4 above K at bottom between busts, rare, NGC AU 53 (lot 1065) sold for $26,400.
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), Louis I, 1727 Y, very rare, graded NGC AU
details / holed (lot 485) sold for $24,000.
Seville, Spain, gold milled 8 escudos, Philip V, 1701 M, florets flanking fleece, 8-S-8-M in
tressure-dimples, graded NGC MS 65, finest known in NGC census (lot 1080) sold for
Panama, proof silver 25 centimos, 1904, very rare, graded NGC PF 64 (lot 1015) sold for
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC's next Treasure Auction will be held in early May 2023. Interested
consignors should contact the company by email at email@example.com. Full auction
results are available at
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
SEDWICK TREASURE AUCTION 32 ANNOUNCED
WRIGHT'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL
Wayne Homren, Editor
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