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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 5, February 3, 2008, Article 10

ANS GROVES FORUM PREVIEW OF NEW FIRST UNITED STATES MINT BOOK

[The following announcement is from the February 2008 American
Numismatic Society's E-news newsletter.  Authors Augsburger
and Orosz are E-Sylum regulars, and we've been following some
of their research efforts.  Readers able to attend the Groves
Forum will be treated to a preview of information from their
upcoming book.  -Editor]

The American Numismatic Society's Groves Forum Lecture will
be held, Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 at 7:00pm.  Authors
Leonard Augsburger and Joel J. Orosz will present a report
on research results from their book-in-progress, Pictures
of the First United States Mint: The Numismatic Legacy of
Frank H. Stewart.  For more information visit
numismatics.org
Those interested in attending must RSVP by Monday, March
10th to Megan Fenselau in the Membership Department
(212-571-4470 ext 1311, membership@numismatics.org)

[The following details are taken from the ANS web page
announcing the Groves Forum Lecture. -Editor]

Much of what we know about the first United States Mint
(1792-1832) in Philadelphia we know because of one man:
Frank H. Stewart. He bought the former Mint property in
1907, unsuccessfully sought to preserve at least one of
its buildings, and then worked hard to commemorate it
after the buildings were demolished. Despite this debt
owed to Stewart by all numismatists, we know very little
about him, or the impact his efforts have had upon the hobby.

In the American Numismatic Society’s Groves Forum Lecture
authors Leonard Augsburger and Joel J. Orosz will present
a report on research results from their book-in-progress,
Pictures of the First United States Mint:  The Numismatic
Legacy of Frank H. Stewart.  The authors will present an
illustrated discussion of Stewart's biography, a selection
of the Mint artifacts he donated to the Congress Hall
collection (and the fate of those relics), images of the
early Mint and, especially, the rich artistic legacy of
the paintings Stewart commissioned artists Edwin Lamasure
and John Ward Dunsmore to create.  Most of the images
will be unfamiliar even to advanced numismatists, and
several have never been seen outside of the repositories
which own them. How these paintings came to be, and how
they have defined the image of the first Mint for
generations of numismatists, will be examined for the
first time.

[The ANS Groves Forum description also describes another
numismatic book in the works by Len Augsburger.  I'm looking
forward to reading and reviewing both works. -Editor]

Leonard Augsburger is a frequent speaker and author specializing
in United States numismatics.  His work emphasizes the integration
of new bibliographic and archival resources into the current
literature.  His first book, Treasure in the Cellar, the story
of the Baltimore gold hoard (1934), will be published by the
Maryland Historical Society in summer 2008.

 KELLY LITHOGRAPHS OF DUNSMORE'S FIRST COINAGE PAINTING SOUGHT
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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