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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 3

APRIL 2006 COLONIAL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

Gary Trudgen, CNL Editor writes: "The April 2006 issue of
The Colonial Newsletter (CNL) has been published.

First, Brian Danforth explores the symbolism found on Wood's
Rosa Americana coinage.  Specifically, he studies why Wood,
an ironmonger, promoter, and moneyer, would chose a Tudor style
rose as the prominent central device on the reverse of this
coinage.  Brian's research also leads him to conclude that
John Croker, chief engraver at the London Tower Mint, is the
most likely person to have engraved the Rosa Americana dies.

Next, one of the most important books on money in early America
was written by our contributing editor, Dr. Philip Mossman.
Titled Money of the American Colonies and Confederation: A
Numismatic, Economic, and Historical Correlation, this magnum
opus was published in 1993 by The American Numismatic Society.
Interested in correcting discovered errors in the book, Dr.
Mossman first published an errata list in 1997 within CNL.
With the hope of someday publishing a second edition of this
work, he has continued to compile a list of errors.  His second
errata list appears in this issue.

Finally, minting errors on the coinages that circulated in
pre-Federal America are not uncommon.  Our final paper, authored
by Dr. Roger Moore and Dr. Philip Mossman, discusses die clashing,
die caps, and brockages as found in these coinages.  How die caps
and brockages occur and their relationship to die clashing is
described.  Several error coins are shown to illustrate discussions
within the text and, importantly, a counterfeit George III farthing
die cap is shown and described.  Die caps have been illustrated
and described in modern coinage but never, until now, in a pre-
Federal coinage.  To help the reader follow the discussion, three
educational plates at the end of the paper illustrate the various
topics with line drawings.  Errors that occurred during minting
are a topic of great interest to many numismatists and this paper
is a significant contribution to the understanding of these three
specific events.

CNL is published three times a year by The American Numismatic
Society, 96 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038.  For inquires
concerning CNL, please contact Juliette Pelletier at the preceding
postal address or e-mail pelletier@amnumsoc.org or telephone (212)
571-4470 ext. 1311."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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