An example of the 1972 Lincoln Mint’s Salvador Dali sterling silver Easter plate entitled “Easter Christ.”
A reader from Oshkosh, Wis. Writes:
“After my parents died, I inherited a 1972 Lincoln Mint, Salvador Dali, sterling silver, Easter plate entitled “Easter Christ.” The plate measures 9 inches in diameter. It is number 2021 of an edition of 20,000. I have no clue what my mother paid for it in 1972. I do know she bought it as a symbolic gesture for the first Easter following my brother’s tragic, accidental death in July 1971. The plate is currently framed, but I have the period box and documentation. I enclose a photocopy of the promotional sheet, registration certificate, and mailing label. I would appreciate any information you can provide about the Lincoln Mint, the commonness or rarity of the plate, and whether or not I should insure it and for how much.”
I found two pieces of good news for him. First, the plate is sterling silver. This means it has melt value. The current price for sterling silver is approximately $16.50 per ounce. Second, your plate has family/sentimental value. This is its real value.
The Lincoln Mint was created to take advantage of the collectors’ plate craze of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The company issued plates in 1971 and 1972. Your plate was issued in gold on silver, silver, and pewter. The gold on silver plate sold for $200, the silver plate for $150, and the pewter plate for $45.
While designed by Salvador Dali, it is a mistake to consider the plate a “truly unique masterpiece,” as touted in the promotional sheet. The plate is mass-produced and is readily available in the secondary market. In March 2001, three examples were offered for sale on eBay—one failed to attract a bid with an opening price request of $74.99, the second sold for $68, the third brought $82.50. Currently, there are three of these plates on eBay. Two have “Buy It Now” prices of $499 and $240, while the third has an opening bid of $4.99.
There is no need to obtain fine arts insurance for the plate. It should be covered by your homeowner’s policy, albeit it would be wise to check if your policy has a general deductible and/or a loss limit for precious metals.
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