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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 32, August 8, 1999, Article 3

MINT OR NATIONAL MEDALS  

   In response to last week's excerpt from the New Netherlands 
   Coin Co. 36th Catalogue,  January 26th, 1952, John W. 
   Adams writes:  

   "Normally the soul of accuracy in cataloguing, New 
   Netherlands missed the mark in the piece you quoted. Many 
   original impressions of our National medals are indeed rare as 
   stated. However, a third or more are common and modestly 
   priced -e.g. John Eger Howard, William Washington, John 
   Paul Jones - and another third are eminently collectable 
   but more highly priced - e.g. Washington Before Boston and 
   Libertas Americana.  

   In a similar vein, the statements about when the pieces were 
   restruck and what the restrikes look like are very wide of the 
   mark.  We now know that some of the War of 1812 pieces 
   were restruck beginning in the 1820's (not 1861) and we also 
   know that we don't have a clue as to how to correlate color, 
   finish and weight to date struck. This latter provides a 
   magnificent opportunity for further study." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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