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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 15, April 9, 2000, Article 3

CONDER SPECULATIONS 

   Myron Xenos of The Money Tree writes: "In response to Allan 
   Davisson's curiosity about the usage of the term "Conder Token", 
   I would opt for the most obvious.  James Conder was obviously 
   an obsessive-compulsive about the trade tokens, so I have visions 
   of him running all over England and Ireland looking for new 
   varieties, much like we do today with large cents, bust halves, 
   V.A.M..dollars,etc.  By the time he wrote his book in 1798 on 
   the trade tokens of Britain and Ireland,  I imagine his peers all 
   over England were referring to these tokens as "Conders", maybe 
   in honor or maybe tongue-in-cheek. 

   An issue of the Coin Collector's Journal back in the 1930's 
   referred to them as Conder tokens, and at least two of my peers 
   have used that reference in their catalogs. 

   To conclude, I am sure that if James Conder were alive today, he 
   would be at the A.N.A. conventions on PNG day just to be sure 
   he could cherrypick every scarce "conder" on the floor." 

   By the way, there is a nice article on Conder tokens by 
   subscriber Michael E. Marotta in the April 17th issue of 
   COIN World (p86). 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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