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    Abraham Lincoln: Coffin Relic. 1 ¾" square piece of lead with image of coffin and the following inscription within a beaded circle: "Medal Struck From A Portion Of The Lead Which Lined The Coffin Of Prest. Abram. Lincoln Assassinated Apl. 15, 1865". Holed at top corners. Even, white powdery corrosion. Lincoln's coffin was moved countless times between 1865 and 1901 while at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. We believe this relic dates from September 26, 1901 when Lincoln's coffin was exhumed a final time, the lead coffin liner cut away, positive identification made by 23 people, the coffin resealed, placed in a metal cage and covered with cement. We can recall but a single auction appearance (a "Railsplitter" auction) which is likely the source of this item. It was hotly contested at the time.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    24th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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