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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 29, July 16, 2006, Article 5

AUGUST 2006 COLONIAL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

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

In this issue we are pleased to present another important,
in-depth study by award-winning author Dr. Louis Jordan.  In
the summer of 2004, archeologists uncovered a lead token with
the initials DK on one side in the town of Ferryland, Newfoundland.
This token, which is dated to the 1640s, is a significant find
because it may be the earliest known coinage produced in
British North America.

Dr. Jordan's paper is a significant contribution to the study
of numismatics in early North America.  His ability to dig out
the facts from centuries past is impressive and his ability to
present these facts in a well-written paper is equally impressive.
As you read this paper you will learn from a numismatic perspective
about life and the people who lived it in the New World.

Also included in this issue is a reprinted article concerning the
1753 coppers crisis in New York City.  A proposed devaluation of
copper halfpence resulted in heated controversy, confusion, and
rioting.  The article, which is based upon information gleaned
from the local newspapers of the time, presents both sides of the
question.  As with most controversies, in the beginning emotions
ran very high as the pros and cons of devaluation were publicly
discussed, but with time the turmoil subsided as the majority
of the people began to accept the devaluation.

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."

[NOTE: A new cumulative index of the Colonial Newsletter through
number 131 is available at: Colonial Newsletter Index

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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