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I couldn't resist this coin dealer store card. I guess its warm enough in Florida to collect naked! She is holding an open catalog (look closely and you can see images and text on the open pages) and she holds the lamp of knowledge to illuminate the activity. Her hair is tied back with a bandana, probably placing this token in the sixties. He holds the coin being researched. I've obviously led a sheltered life as a collector. I never knew collecting could be so titillating!

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Numismatic foreplay... :ninja:

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Much to my surprise, the Rare Coin store card was not original. I recently purchased the following store card issued by the Guttag Brothers in New York circa 1920. I guess if you are going to borrow, borrow from someone with history.

 

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(I will make a better obverse photograph one day when I break it out of its NGC grading capsule. Its hard to buy almost anything at auction without it being encapsulated.)

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Interesting medals. Perhaps Renderer had one of the 1920's medals and that inspired the newer medal. I guess it's possible that the person/company striking the medal had the design via the medal or an old die. I wonder how many other store cards are out there with that/similar design.

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Renderer had a new die made. His store card is larger in diameter, eliminates some of the ornate details on the Gettag piece, adds others, and adds details on the book pages. His is lower in relief than the Guttag piece. The Guttag piece carries a copyright symbol and the initials GB that could stand for the designer or the Guttag Brothers. I think Renderer obviously used the Guttag piece for his design. I doubt that two artists 40 years apart would produce so similar a design independently.

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I came across another version of the Guttag Brothers store card struck for the 1926 International Philatelic Exhibition, the naked collectors with a Washington/Lincoln obverse, in Rulau and Fuld's catalog of Washington medals. While they may be talking about the Washington/Lincoln obverse only, they note the store card was engraved by Jonathan M. Swanson and the piece was struck by the Medallic Art Co.

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Oddly enough when I considered the Guttag token for my avatar I wasn't aware of this post.<br>

Today out of curiosity I searched for Guttag posts and found this discussion.<br>

Since I have some other examples I thought I would resurrect this post.<br>

To date I have collected 3 different Guttag store cards that are different from Bill's<br>

listing above and may have unknowingly sold yet another different example to a collector buddy of mine.<br>

Anyway here is a glimpse of my three examples.<p>

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<img src=http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/0/2/4/5/7/0/webimg/521045026_o.jpg><p>

I originally became aware of Guttag store cards as a result of taking the names of<br>

historical Coin Dealers and Numismatists from the Red Book and doing internet searches.

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Oddly enough when I considered the Guttag token for my avatar I wasn't aware of this post.<br>

Today out of curiosity I searched for Guttag posts and found this discussion.<br>

Since I have some other examples I thought I would resurrect this post.<br>

To date I have collected 3 different Guttag store cards that are different from Bill's<br>

listing above and may have unknowingly sold yet another different example to a collector buddy of mine.<br>

 

I originally became aware of Guttag store cards as a result of taking the names of<br>

historical Coin Dealers and Numismatists from the Red Book and doing internet searches.

 

I've added several of the various pieces to my collection since the original post. They are great collectible pieces and yours appear to be especially nice.

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I've added several of the various pieces to my collection since the original post. They are great collectible pieces and yours appear to be especially nice.

Hi Bill, I purchased two of these from a seller in Israel and considered myself fortunate to do so. Do you have varieties not listed here? If so would you be willing to share some photos?

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The Renderer piece appears to have been engraved and minted by H. Alvin Sharpe, creator of the aluminum doubloons for New Orleans Mardi Gras. He's done a few storecards.

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I came across another version of the Guttag Brothers store card struck for the 1926 International Philatelic Exhibition, the naked collectors with a Washington/Lincoln obverse, in Rulau and Fuld's catalog of Washington medals. While they may be talking about the Washington/Lincoln obverse only, they note the store card was engraved by Jonathan M. Swanson and the piece was struck by the Medallic Art Co.

 

I purchased one of these shortly after you posted your first one Bill, neglected to take pictures but browsing through medals I still have to photograph & post & noticed the monogram J M S behind the naked lady's head. I guess you were probably distracted by other things & did not notice it. So that monogram proves that Jonathan M. Swanson engraved this one too, "His signature is more often a monogram of the letters J.M.S. than his whole name"(Robert Eidlitz). Forrer.

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