Lot 61: Collection of Trick Coins said to be the Property of Alexander Herrmann. 1890s. Group of twelve specially prepared or struck coins including three with pins soldered to their versos, a fine Coin Through Hat constructed from an 1895 U.S. half dollar,

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October 29, 2016
Chicago, IL, US

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Description: Collection of Trick Coins said to be the Property of Alexander Herrmann. 1890s. Group of twelve specially prepared or struck coins including three with pins soldered to their versos, a fine Coin Through Hat constructed from an 1895 U.S. half dollar, an early U.S. dollar with black velvet backing, two different Martinka palming coins, two specially manufactured old English pennies (dated 1899 and 1891, one with an unusual shell), and others. Housed in two album pages bearing a gilt title reading, ñThe Alexander Herrmann Collection.î In a two-ring binder with a gilt roan stamped label laid down to the front cover stating, ñMagiciansÍ Coins/Collection of Gene Bulson.î Alexander Herrmann was well known for his impromptu feats of magic. Based on the dates struck on these coins, it is unlikely they were used by him, but they may have been owned by his nephew, Leon, another capable performer. The former owner, Gene Bulson, was a noted magic collector.
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