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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 34, August 20, 2006, Article 18

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY NUMISMATIC COLLECTION ARTICLE

The August 18th Priceton Packet had an article about the university's
coin collection:

"The maker of the bronze Ming knife coin that was donated in July to
the Princeton University Numismatic Collection could never have foreseen
that the ancient Chinese money would one day end up in an online database.

"There is no existing good database for coinage anywhere, so I devised
my own database," said Princeton's Curator of Numismatics Alan M. Stahl
of the electronic catalog that will feature the Ming knife.

With a doctorate in medieval history from the University of Pennsylvania
and 20 years of experience as a curator at the American Numismatic Society
in New York, Mr. Stahl assumed his position at the university two years
ago. He followed on the heels of longtime curator of the collection, Brooks
Levy, who was instrumental in adding to the university's modern coinage
holdings ? including a collection of euros, Mr. Stahl said."

Classes from a variety of departments regularly visit Firestone to
observe and hold pieces of the collection, and members of the public
are welcome to request a viewing of various pieces of coinage.

"Princeton's numismatics collection may not be the largest university
coin collection, Mr. Stahl said, but it is the only university numismatics
collection that has been continuously curated since its establishment,
in 1849."

Beyond coinage, the numismatics collection features a variety of medals
as well as plaster casts, paper money and financial instruments. One of
the medals, from the Revolutionary War-era, was awarded by the Continental
Congress to Henry Lee ? aka Light-Horse Harry ? who graduated from
Princeton in 1774. Given to the university by the Friends of the Princeton
University Library in 1935, the medal was subsequently forgotten ? and
only rediscovered by Mr. Stahl himself as he prepared an exhibit for the
Friends' 75th anniversary celebration in 2005."

To read the complete article, see Full Story
CONFEDERATE MONEY ARTIST JOHN F. JONES

"Images of Confederate currency have multiplied in value for a South
Carolina artist painting new annals in American history.

"The Color of Money: Acrylics by John W. Jones," open through Oct. 29
at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle
Beach, shows slavery's link to bankrolling an economy.

Since first seeing a Confederate banknote image of a slave picking
cotton and many other similar vignettes on antebellum Southern states'
money in 1996, Jones has made the colors and interpretation larger than
life with paintbrushes. About 50 artworks and the currency that
inspired them make up his traveling exhibit."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

"While working in a Charleston blueprint shop in 1996, graphic artist
John W. Jones saw something that changed his life and launched a career:
the image of slaves picking cotton, printed on the face of a Confederate
banknote. On further investigation, he found dozens of similar images on
the currency of antebellum Southern states ? a detail never mentioned in
any historical account of the Confederacy Jones had seen.

The discovery inspired Jones to interpret those tiny and obscure images
as a series of boldly colored acrylic paintings that expanded on the
scenes and restored the essential humanity of their subjects. "

To view the museum exhibit web page and images of Jones' work, see:
current_museum_exhibit.htm

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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