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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 16, April 16, 2006, Article 14

MORE ON DON TAXAY AND THOMPSON'S ESSAY ON COINING

Recently Eric Newman noted that in 1966 Don Taxay published
"The U.S. Mint and Coinage" which included a group of images
from Thompson's 1783 "Essay on Coinage"

Jim Spilman writes: "As usual --  Eric is correct.  I wish
that my memory was as good as his.  It may well be that Barnsley's
information on the Thompson document came from Taxay and that
Barnsley's information was inaccurate.  I wish he were here so
that we could ask him.  I have a copy of Taxay's book in my library,
but Barnsley did not as I have his library -- rather small -- that
he gifted to me personally, and there is no copy in it.

If I had known of the Taxay discussion I would have reported it
in The Colonial Newsletter, so apparently I totally missed it,
and at best we can give Barnsley the credit for "rediscovering"
the actual document in the ANS Library.

I believe that all the other information in my earlier letter
is correct.  I have a color slide, someplace, of Ned Barnsley
holding open the original manuscript in the ANS Library that I
made while we were there.   I shall try to locate it."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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