||Purple Morocco Case for 16-Piece 1868 Aluminum Pattern U.S. Coinage Proof Set. The original velvet-lined purple morocco-plush velvet presentation case for the complete 16-piece 1868 aluminum pattern proof set, complete from Indian Head cent through Liberty Head double eagle, from the famed Eric P. Newman Collection. The case housed the original set, now being sold as individual pieces in this auction. The 5-3/4 x 8-3/4 inch case is in Very Fine condition, showing some expected wear from 146 years in existence but in decent shape overall. Two intact brass clasps hold the case shut, and two glass panes, also intact, protect the former contents. There are 16 openings for the individual pieces arranged in three rows, cent through Shield nickel, three cent silver through Seated dollar, and gold dollar through double eagle. This set was passed down through the heirs of Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch until purchased by famed numismatist Eric P. Newman. McCulloch, a staunch advocate of the gold standard, was twice Treasury Secretary, serving two nonconsecutive terms under three presidents. This lot is for the case only. There are no coins included. Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4406.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.