Friday, June 20, 2014

Robert Bashlow Restrikes

Robert S. Bashlow was a New York coin dealer who is famous for his restrikes of numerous coins. I can remember seeing his ads in coin magazines in the 1960's, particularly the one for the Continental Dollar in the August 1962 Numismatic Scrapbook.  I wasn't interested in his earlier Confederate Cent restrike, but I was tempted by the Continental Dollar.  I don't know why I finally decided against it - the $2.50 price was certainly not an issue.

So, fifty plus years later, I paid $195.00 for this one.

Bashlow also restruck other coins. In addition to the 1861 Confederate Cent and this Continental Dollar, he did restrikes of 1616 Sommer Islands, J.J. Conway $5 gold and the 1861 Confederate States Half Dollar.   There was also an 1814 dime, but those were seized and destroyed along with the die.

If he did others, I don't recall them and can't find them searching Google or eBay.

Robert Socrates Bashlow died in a hotel fire in 1979 at the age of 40. Apparently, he was musical prodigy as a child, and had a connection to both Walter Breen and William Sheldon.

He wrote a book on avoiding the draft and was known for practical jokes and hoaxes in addition to dabbling in pornography.

Note:  All my coins are in a safe deposit box.  I keep nothing in my home. 

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