Spink's October 9th and 10th New York
Collector's Series sale features some of the most historically
important items of the year. These include wire copy from one of
the most remembered events in American history - the assassination
of Kennedy, John Fitzgerald "Jack" (JFK) (1917-1963), thirty-fifth
President of the United States.
The lot is an archive of Associated Press Wire Copy from
November 22, 1963, covering 24 hours of news as it came into an
Iowa newsroom that day over a news ticker. The news memorialized in
the pages that precede this watershed event depicts "Camelot" in
America. The electrifying words "PRESIDENT KENNEDY HAS BEEN SHOT"
capture the tragedy that ended that era and initiated a time of
fear and uncertainty.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald "Jack" (JFK) (1917-1963). Thirty-fifth
President of the United States (1961-1963), WW II torpedo boat
commander, Representative, Senator for the State of Massachusetts,
youngest president to serve, first and only Catholic president, and
only one to win the Pulitzer Prize; assassinated on November 22,
1963 in Dallas, TX creating a traumatic watershed in modern
American history. Associated Press (AP) Wire Copy of the Day of the
Assassination and night before. Significant amount of wire copy
from November 22, 1963 and night before covering a 24 hour+ period.
Includes many of the bulletins and summaries of the day's events
and an Advance of the speech Kennedy never delivered in Dallas.
Havana Radio commented on the crash of a U-2 reconnaissance plane
off Florida Wednesday...President Kennedy has been warmly received
at his first two stops on a three-day tour of Texas...The Reverend
Martin Luther King has told Danville, Virginia negroes to prepare
for what he termed massive, but non-violent, direct action in the
battle for equal rights. At the same mtime, he warned city
officials: "We mean business"...A bedragged [sic] Russian diplomat
is expelled from the Congo ...Kennedy said U.S. will get ahead of
Russia in space next month when Americans fire what he called the
largest rocket booster in the world A sirloin steak luncheon in
Dallas also on President Kennedy's agenda, a diocesan
representative said Kennedy didn't need special dispensation on
this meatless day...twisters in Shreveport. Then: AP 109 -
"(Dallas) - President Kennedy has been shot in Dallas, Texas. He
was shot as his motorcade left downtown Dallas. Mrs. Kennedy jumped
up and grabbed the President. She cried "Oh, No" as the motorcade
sped on. An Associated Press photographer, James Altgens, reports
he saw blood on the President's head" Also includes a separate
section of Iowa regional news which likely ran off a different AP
machine. Some very minor tears at start of wire, otherwise very
well preserved. A Rare and Important record of a pivotal day in not
only American but world history as it happened.
This huge October sale will also feature two of the most
beautiful and significant gold coins ever minted in the United
States; a Gem 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 Octagonal , and
a Very Choice 1907 $20 High Relief St. Gaudens. A nice selection of
early Colonial coins contains a Choice Uncirculated 1791 Small
Eagle Washington Cent.
Exceptional Gem 1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Octagonal
A collection of rare and important pieces from the Verplanck
archives includes examples that document early fiscal transaction
that may have taken place underneath the legendary Buttonwood Tree.
Two of the most significant pieces are a 1789 share certificate
from the New-York Manufacturing Society, and a rare 1791
"RECEIVABLE" for "BANK STOCK" in the Bank of New York.
For New York-history buffs, the featured Verplanck archives are
a treasure-trove. Related directly or indirectly to the Verplanck
family, the documents range from the 17th to
19th Century, and are largely concerned with NY and the
Hudson Valley. Among the land documents are those tied to the
Hardenbergh, Wawayanda, Rombout and Schuyler Patents; the town of
Fishkill in Dutchess County; letters patent for land in the
Socialborough Patent (Vermont), Charlotte (Washington) County and
late 17th Century deeds for lower Manhattan. A Ben
Franklin-signed vellum document is also included.
Choice Civil War items including paper money, bonds, autographs,
books, tokens and coins are well represented in this sale. A small
offering of Americana books includes Marshal's Life of Washington
(1804-1807) and the first hot-pressed edition of Jefferson's "Notes
on the State of Virginia".
Obsolete bank note collectors will have the opportunity to bid
on a comprehensive collection of New York and Massachusetts
contemporary counterfeits and altered notes, and a rare and
desirable group of New York scrip notes. A rare U. S. Treasury
Specimen book contains a hundred beautiful proof vignettes, several
of which were used on Federal paper money.
World Coins features an offering of rare Mexican 8 Reales,
Greenlandic coins, tokens and currency, Polar exploration medals
and an important 1884 Chaco Expedition Gold medal awarded to
Leopoldo Arnaud, head of Argentina's Scientific team. Continental
and Colonial Currency, College Currency, Fractional Currency, MPCs,
World Paper Money, and a nice selection of bonds and shares are
also included in this wide ranging sale. Federal paper money
collectors will have the opportunity to bid on a rare $50 1891
Silver Certificate, an Uncirculated $1 Educational, several scarce
National Bank Notes, and an assortment of significant error notes
A compact offering of bonds and shares includes a rare State of
North Carolina Cotton Bond, Brooklyn Traction Company discovery
pieces, a Mason City & Fort Dodge certificate issued to and
signed by James J. Hill, an extraordinary comprehensive archive of
Pitcairn Aircraft certificates, and many others.
Speaking of these remarkable two days, Spink USA's Director of
Numismatics Stephen Goldsmith has said: "this is a well-balanced
sale with something for everyone."
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