Bruce Thomas Collection

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  1. I do not own either of the brass metal types HK-11a or HK-11b, nor the Type II reverse white metal HK-11d. I do however own Top Pop examples of George McClellan political campaign medals in white metal MS 63 PL and brass MS 65. The obverse is the candidate pictured with his name surrounding his portrait, and the reverse is the Type II eagle reverse from the Fort Sumter medals. The brass metal type was unknown for this political medal type until I found my example and had it graded by NGC. These medals are catalogued as Dewitt-GMcC-1864-8. You can see them in my Registry set if you wish.
  2. No I have not personally seen that example. I own a HK-11 white metal in Unc Details with rim damage. It appears to have been made into a jewelry item sometime in the past, as the obverse rims are pinched at 3:30 and 8:30. Otherwise, it would probably grade 62 or 63 and possibly prooflike. I was going to be in on the 62PL example until it went stratospherically high! I would love to own a high grade HK-11 white metal example to add to my set. I also own a HK-11c copper in MS 65 RB that was formerly from the famous Ostheimer Collection. I purchased this medal from Jeff Shevlin in 2017. Thank you for your interest in these very interesting medals struck by George Hampden Lovett. Have you ever been to Fort Sumter off the coast of Charleston, SC? It is a very interesting and powerful location. Just knowing the event that happened there gives you goose bumps being on the island. My late Father-in-law was from Sumter, SC, so we have made (2) trips to Fort Sumter island while visiting my wife's uncles and aunts that still live in Sumter.
  3. realone, I purchased this medal already graded by NGC. I questioned the seller about any past history for this medal. He told me that he had purchased the medal raw from the widow of a long-time acquaintance of his, along with several other quite rare So-Called Dollar medals. He would not disclose a name or where this couple were from. The person that I purchased the medal from is the person that sent the medal to NGC in 2017 for grading. There is a NGC news story dated 11/14/2017 detailing the newly found silver variety of the Bombardment of Fort Sumter medal. See attached link below to the NGC news story. I am very fortunate to have been able to purchase this 1 of 1 medal. I also own the Top Pop of only (2) HK-11e copper Fort Sumter medal with the type two eagle reverse. I am very proud to be the owner and caregiver of these two medals, along with the rest of my collection.
  4. I have been told that these U.S. Mint made Julian cataloged medals with the "PR" in the type actually refer to Post Requiem, which means after death. This medal lists his inaugural date and date of death one month later. I suppose that this would not actually be listed as a Presidential inaugural medal. Sorry for the confusion.
  5. Ali, The only SCD types that are listed in the link that you sent are the Manilla Mint Wilson HK-449 and HK-450 types. I am not familiar with the Competitive Sets listings, but none of the (13) of my "Competitive Coins" are of these types. Please advise as to what I am not understanding. Are only certain SCD types eligible, but others are not eligible for Competitive Sets? Thanks, Bruce
  6. Why are 13 of my So-Called Dollar medals listed as "Competitive Coins", and the remainder of my large collection is not listed as "Competitive Coins"? I did not think that Custom Sets in the NGC Registry were counted as "Competitive Coins". Please advise.
  7. Attached are pictures of my William Henry Harrison inaugural medal, which shows his inauguration date and the date of his death a month later.