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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 18, May 6, 2007, Article 43

COMPARING CUDS AT THE EARLY AMERICAN COPPERS CONVENTION

The following reports from the recent convention of the Early American
Coppers Society in St. Louis are borrowed from the JR Newsletter # 86,
April 29, 2007, published by the John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS).

Nathan Markowitz wrote: "The true meeting highlight was the tour of the
new Eric Newman money museum and a presentation by an energetic Mr.
Newman himself.  The exhibit highlights for me were the 1792 gold "pocket
piece" carried by a gentleman named Washington and a display of early
cash machines and scales.  Yet, I must confess I was equally awed by
the extensive library on my first visit to the museum... The stories
told that night by our host Eric Newman will reverberate through my mind
for years to come..."

W. David Perkins wrote: "I just got back from a very enjoyable three
days at the EAC Convention in St. Louis, this year with JRCS members
also in attendance. I was told by many EAC'ers that it may be one of
the best EAC shows ever!  For me it was my first EAC Convention despite
almost 25 years of membership.  I am very glad I attended.  We also
signed up a number of new JRCS members at the show!

"One personal highlight for me was a private viewing of Eric P. Newman's
early U.S. silver dollars 1794-1803, all displayed in three Waite Raymond
holders.  Imagine picking your early dollar date and major type set from
a whole bunch of Col. Green's collection of early dollars.  And yes,
early dollars do come with full cartwheel lustre!

"For me, my favorite coin in this collection was probably the Mint State
1797 B-2, BB-72 Small Letters Reverse Dollar.  Actually, to be precise,
it is still marked as 1797 "H-2" on the 2X2 envelope….  This specimen is
the plate coin in the Bowers silver dollar book (if you'd like to get an
idea of what it looks like).  It is also the finest example known to me….
by far.  There also was a 1799 Dollar that would likely grade MS-67 or 68
by either major grading service!  It was something to behold.  Eric, if
you are reading this thank you again for sharing these special coins
with me.

"Other highlights include: For starters, how about my good friend Jim
Matthews' case, full of half dimes and dimes with cuds (one of his favorite
things to collect).  Cuds are a great fun to view and study – how can you
not like late die states and cuds???  Jim sure has some great ones!   This
caused me to buy on Saturday three Conder tokens with cuds from dealer and
friend Jerry Bobbe.  John Kraljevich and I added these three tokens to
Jim's display case (cuds) when he wasn't looking..."

Jim Matthews wrote: "Dave Perkins ... fails to mention a little joke
played on me by himself and John Kraljevich. While I was over trying to
figure out a fascinating 1807 Draped Bust Half dollar that John Dannreuther
had brought along (it appeared to have two massive opposing cuds--neither
seen on any other known coins--it likely was some sort of damage, rats!),
Dave Perkins purchased two beautiful Conder Tokens from Jerry Bobbe, both
with massive cuds. Dave placed these two large coins in my display case
with cuds and die cracks while John Kraljevich added in two signs--one by
Dave's large Conder tokens which read 'MAN CUDS' with another sign by my
tiny half dimes reading 'BOY CUDS'."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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