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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 1, January 5, 2001, Article 9

PERKINS DESCENDANTS 

   George Fuld writes: "I visited with the relatives of Jacob 
   Perkins (with the same last name) during the year 1958-9 in 
   Newburyport.  They only had two numismatic items in their 
   possession.  One was the oval gold funeral medal (Baker 
   169) in an ornate case with Masonic symbols in it.  They agreed 
   to sell me the medal for $150, but retained the case which they 
   donated to the local historical society.  I unfortunately did not 
   get a photo of the case. 

   In addition, they had a coin die of Baker 60,, the General of 
   the Armies colonial coin, obverse only.  They wanted $5,000 
   for the die, and I could not offer them even a fraction of that. 
   I did contact Mrs. R. H. Norweb to see if she wanted to 
   purchase the die and donate it to the ANS.  She politely refused. 

   Later in the year, Albert Collis purchased the die for an 
   undisclosed price.  As it is well known, this die was the source 
   of the uniface Collis restrikes that appeared on the market.  The 
   die was a SOHO product, probably Hancock, which Perkins 
   must of picked up when he visited London in the early 1800's." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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