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USA, Henry Ward Beecher, Evangelical Temperance Token, 1870
Henry Ward Beecher (24 June 1813 Ė 8 March 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial. His sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, achieved worldwide fame for her abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. He acquired fame on the lecture circuit for his novel oratorical style in which he employed humor, dialect, and slang. Over the course of his ministry, he developed a theology emphasizing God's love above all else. He also grew interested in social reform, particularly the abolitionist movement. In the years leading up to the Civil War, he raised money to purchase slaves from captivity and to send rifles ó nicknamed "Beecher's Bibles" ó to abolitionists fighting in Kansas and Nebraska. He toured Europe during the Civil War speaking in support of the Union. After the war, Beecher supported women's suffrage and temperance. He also championed Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, stating that it was not incompatible with Christian beliefs. In 1874, he was charged with adultery. The subsequent trial resulted in a hung jury and was one of the most widely reported trials of the century. Beecher's long career in the public spotlight led biographer Debby Applegate to call her biography of him The Most Famous Man in America.
Ephesians 6:11-18 King James Version (KJV): Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness...US92381. Brass AE 32, AU, holed as made, weight 13.209 g, maximum diameter 32.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1870; obverse Bust of Henry Ward Beecher facing left on a suspended hanging banner, monograms at sides, 1870 below; reverse PUT ON / THE / WHOLE ARMOR / OF / God in five lines within trilobe, palm spray in each angle; $40.00 (Ä35.20)
United States Numismatic Auction Catalogs: A Bibliography
An extensive listing of over 1,600 U.S. coin auction catalogs of the nineteenth century of auctions listed with date cataloger, type of coins included and number of lots.BK13929. United States Numismatic Auction Catalogs: A Bibliography by Lorraine S. Durst, 1981, 87 pages, hardcover, used, very good condition; $15.00 (Ä13.20)
Early American History Auctions (2 Catalogs), May & Aug 2009
Coins, currency autographs, and Americana.BC16229. Early American History Auctions (2 catalogs) May & Aug 2009, 480 pages, 1998 items, illustrated, softcover, small wear on covers, international shipping at the actual cost of postage, only one copy available; $9.00 (Ä7.92)
United States, Buffalo or Indian Head Nickel, 5 Cents, "Dateless" 1913 - 1938
The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel is a popular distinctly American coin type struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. The designer, James Earl Fraser, modeled the head of the Native American as a composite of three chiefs who had posed for him years earlier: Iron Tail of the Sioux (Custerís opponent at Little Big Horn), Two Moons of the Cheyenne, and John Big Tree of the Seneca nation. The buffalo (North American bison) used as model was Black Diamond from the New York Central Park Zoo. The placement of the date on a raised area of the design caused it to wear heavily in circulation, creating many "dateless" Buffalo Nickels.SP18190. U.S.A. Buffalo Nickel, worn dateless, no acid dates, 75% copper and 25% nickel, plain edge, type 2, weight 5.000 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, obverse profile of an American Indian right, hair braided and tied below his ear, wearing a simple headdress with two feathers, LIBERTY curving downward upper right, date over tiny F (for the designer, Fraser) on shoulder; reverse a male American bison standing left on a mound, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA arcing above, E PLURIBUS UNUM (Latin: out of many, one - the motto of the U.S.) in three lines upper right, FIVE CENTS over the mintmark (no mark = Philadelphia, D = Denver, S = San Francisco) in a recessed exergue below the mound; random selection from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, presented in a flip with a tag including all the information provided here, ONE COIN; $1.00 (Ä.88)
United States, Steel Lincoln Wheat Penny, 1943 P
During World War II, the war effort required a lot of copper to make shell casings and munitions. In 1943 the penny was made out of zinc plated steel to save copper for the war effort. Designer: Victor D Brenner. Total mintage: 684,628,000.US17178. weight 2.7 g, maximum diameter 19 mm, Philadelphia, PA mint, obverse portrait of Abraham Lincoln, IN GOD WE TRUST arcing above, LIBERTY behind in the center of the left field, 1943 before in the lower right field, no mintmark; reverse ONE / CENT in two lines above smaller UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA in two lines in center between a pair of wheat ears, E. PLURIBUS UNUM E PLURIBUS UNUM (Latin: out of many, one - the motto of the U.S.) arcing above; circulated, random selection from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, presented in a flip with a tag including all the information provided here, ONE COIN; $1.00 (Ä.88)