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    Washington, DC- National Lincoln Monument Association $1 April 20, 1868
    A wonderful Lincoln item which bears the distinctive signature of F.E. Spinner, who served as the Treasurer of the National Lincoln Monument Association. On the model of the Washington National Monument Society, Congress passed legislation to create a Lincoln Monument Association in 1867. The Association commissioned sculptor Clark Mills to create for the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds a monument "commemorative of the great charter of emancipation and universal liberty in America." Mills proposed a multi-tiered, 36-figure, bronze sculpted monument that would a have at its peak a seated Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Although a national fund-raising effort was begun, for political and practical reasons, the Association and Mills never finished this monument. The project languished until 1901, when the Congress designated an area for the proposed monument. By 1911, construction had started, and the completed monument was dedicated by President Warren G. Harding in 1922. The National Lincoln Monument Association should not be confused with a citizens association of the same name who successfully (and in a considerably shorter period) oversaw the construction of Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois. About Uncirculated, the first example of its kind we've ever had to offer. Any estimate here is simply a guess, but we think that this piece, which was engraved and printed at the Treasury Department, may bring far more than our perhaps excessively conservative estimate.


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