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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 44, October 29, 2006, Article 3

DECEMBER 2006 COLONIAL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

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

First up in this issue is an update on the DK token.  The discovery
of this token and its historical significance was reported in our
last issue by Dr. Louis Jordan.  The update is provided by Paul Berry,
the Chief Curator of the Bank of Canada Currency Museum.  Paul reveals
that some exciting new discoveries have been made concerning the DK
token.  We now know that the token was not cast as reported in our
last issue but rather struck with a hand-held die and hammer.  Also,
to date, three denominations of the DK token have been uncovered
but it is uncertain what their purchasing value was within the
community where they were current.  Archeology is continuing at
the Ferryland site in Newfoundland and perhaps new finds will be
made which will increase our understanding of this early North
American lead token.

Our next paper reports the discovery of a new Atlee halfpenny variety,
Vlack 5-74A, and how the study of two similar dies in this series led
to its discovery.  Authored by Jack Howes, this study of Vlack obverse
dies 5 and 8 not only shows that these are, in fact, the same die
but how today's new digital imaging technology can be used on your
home computer to facilitate such studies.  Jack's paper is an
interesting read as he methodically works his way to a conclusion
with the surprise of a new variety discovery thrown in at the end.

In 1988 the American Numismatic Society, in their Museum Notes 33,
published a paper by Eric Newman titled "Were Counterfeit British
Style Halfpence Dated 1785 Made Specifically for American Use?"
Within this paper, Eric made the first attempt at categorizing the
dies that were used to strike the 1781 and 1785 imitation British
halfpence series. As one might expect, nearly twenty years later,
new dies and die marriages that were unknown to Eric have come to
light for each of these coinages.  The next two papers provide
update information on these coinages along with new die marriage
and attribution plates.  The principal author of the 1781 paper is
Dr. Roger Moore with co-authors Eric Newman and David Palmer.
The 1785 paper is authored by Byron Weston and Dr. Roger Moore.
Byron is the primary author of this paper with Roger providing
the attribution information and plates

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."

[Your Editor welcomes news releases from all hobby publications.
If you're the editor of a national or international numismatic
specialty publication, feel free to follow Gary's lead and send
us regular updates on the contents of each issue.  It will help
spread the word about your hard work and may lead to more readers
and subscribers for your publication.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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