Alfred Robinson Historical Series



ALFRED S. ROBINSON'S HISTORICAL
SERIES

      Alfred S. Robinson began his numismatic career in 1860 by commissioning Joseph H. Merriam of Boston to produce copies of several famous early American coins. Sometime that same year he expanded he scope of his endeavors and hired George H. Lovett to produce dies for what he called "Alfred S. Robinson Historical Medals. Six different designs were produced between 1860 and 1863. Although they followed the same general design for some unknown reason only numbers one and two in the series were labeled as such.

Historical Series No. 1 - Major General Anthony Wayne

Five struck in silver, fifty each in copper, brass, silvered
brass, and white metal

Silver, 35mm
(image courtesy of Jonathan Brecher)


Copper, 35mm

Brass, 35.8mm


Silvered brass, 35mm

White metal, 35mm



Historic Series No. 2 - Robert Fulton

Five struck in silver, fifty each in copper, brass, silvered
brass, and white metal

Silver, 35mm

Copper, 35mm

Brass, 34.9mm

Silvered brass, 35mm

White metal, 35mm

Lead die trials - thick planchett

Lead die trials - thin planchett


Historical Series (No. 3) - Andrew Jackson

Five struck in silver, one hundred in copper, fifty each in brass
and white metal

Silver, 35mm
IMAGE NEEDED

Copper, 35mm

Brass, 35mm

White metal (silvered?), 35mm


Historical Series (No. 4) - Henry Clay

Five struck in silver, one hundred in copper, and ten each in
brass and white metal

Silver, 35mm
IMAGE NEEDED

Copper, 34.05mm

Brass, 33.9mm

White metal, 35mm

Composition?, 35mm
    In the Stack's sale of the Ford Collection this was called copper nickel. It was subsequently slabbed by NGC and called nickel. I have not been able to test it myself yet. Neither composition is mentioned by DeWitt.


Historical Series (No. 5) - Martin Van Buren

Unknown number struck in silver, fifty each in copper, brass,
and white metal

Silver, 33.9mm

Copper, 35mm

Brass, 35mm

White Metal, 34mm

Silver plated tin (94.77% tin, 3.05% silver), 35mm
                   DeWitt in his monograph on Robinson does not mention this  composition. A silvered white metal from the Ford collection was described as being struck on a thin planchet, this example is on a much thicker planchet than the silver one above

Goldine?, 35mm
(image courtesy Heritage)
     This piece described as Goldine was in the September 4, 2014 Heritage Auction. I did not have the opportunity to examine it.

Historical Series (No. 6) - George Washington

Unknown how many were struck in each metal

 Silver, 35mm

Copper, 33.9mm


Brass, 33.9mm

White metal, 35mm