There are some political items that just make a collector swoon. Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, is offering one such item in an Internet auction that closes tonight.
The item in question is an Abraham Lincoln-Andrew Johnson jugate (two-photo), uniface ferrotype campaign badge, with red/white/blue flag designs.
It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The McClellan-Pendleton mate to this pin changed hands nearly 10 years ago at an American Political Items Collectors National convention. Both are incredibly rare items.
Heritage Auctions says they know of seven of the Lincoln versions in existence. They last sold one in February 2007 for $47,800 (against a $25,000-$35,000 estimate), and this one is in even better condition, the best of the seven known.
A uniface jugate from this early election is tough enough, but one with color such as this in a black-and-white era is special.
Heritage estimates this item will sell in the $40,000-$50,000 range. We’ll all know shortly. You can view this item, or even bid, at HA.com.