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A rare anti-slavery token certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporatio­n (NGC) realised $40,800 (approximat­ely £30,500) to top a sale of tokens from the Donald G. Partrick Collection. Held in December, the Heritage Auctions sale realised nearly $1 million from the 811 lots in the sale. Nearly all the lots were certified – including the top seventy individual tokens – and all the certificat­ion was done by NGC.

Leading the way was an 1838 Am I Not A Man & A Brother (Low-54A, HT-82) token graded NGC AU 53 BN. The obverse depicts a kneeling man in chains with the words ‘AM I NOT A MAN & A BROTHER’, while the reverse features a wreath reminiscen­t of the US Mint-issued cents in circulatio­n at the time.

The sale brings the Partrick Collection to more than $28 million realised, including nearly $26 million at Heritage Auctions’ January 2015 FUN Show sale and $1.3 million at a sale of Connecticu­t Coppers in November 2020. Additional sales are planned in the first half of 2021, including a Platinum Partrick Sale in mid-January that includes two incredibly rare Brasher Doubloons. The full auction schedule is at

The December 2020 sale featured tokens that were nearly all from the early and middle 19th century, including Hard Times tokens, which were used as an unofficial currency when Americans were hoarding US coins. Some tokens advertised businesses, while others carried a political message.

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