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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 9, March 2, 2008, Article 3

THE COLONIAL NEWSLETTER APRIL 2007 ISSUE PUBLISHED

[Gary Trudgen, editor of The Colonial newsletter published
by the American Numismatic Society, forwarded the following
announcement of the journal's latest issue. -Editor]

The April 2008 issue of The Colonial Newsletter:
A Research Journal in Early American Numismatics (CNL) has
been published.

First up in this issue is a Letter to the Editor from Byron
Weston concerning Robert Bowser's recent paper titled
"1748-dated Counterfeit British Halfpenny Source Identified."
Byron, who is a longtime student of the counterfeit British
copper coinages, praises Bob's research and explains how
Bob's work has advanced our understanding of these coinages.

Next we present a charming submission from Dr. Philip
Mossman where he analyses a tidbit he found in a Confederation
era newspaper concerning copper coin.  Phil masterfully
dissects the archaic text explaining the several coinage
references and in the process makes this primary source
monologue a useful reference for the numismatic researcher.

Collectors of eighteenth century copper coins seem to be
drawn, like moths to a flame, to crudely executed specimens.
One of the crudest struck British halfpennies is the 1771-
dated "Baby Head."  Our next paper, authored by Byron K.
Weston, is the first in-depth examination of this curious
copper coin.  Byron not only provides a catalogue where
all known specimens are plated but he also reaches several
new conclusions about this crude halfpenny based upon his
examination of the catalogue specimens.  Byron's conclusions
regarding manufacture are exciting and well thought out
and lead to interesting speculation concerning the
provenance of this copper.

Just the mention of a Brasher gold doubloon stirs the blood
of most numismatists.  At the heart of our feature paper are
not one but two Brasher gold doubloons - a Lima style and a
New York style.  John M. Kleeberg, expertly reconstructs the
remarkable gold coin hoard that was first unearthed in
Philadelphia in 1872 from which both styles of Brasher
doubloons were recovered.  The New York style doubloon,
however, went unnoticed in 1872 but was fortuitously
discovered in dirt taken from the original site after it
had been taken to a new location and used for fill.  The
Brasher doubloons are just part of the story as John analyses
the reports of the discoveries in an effort to summarize the
various types of gold coins present in the hoard.  Finally,
John explores the historical record in an attempt to determine
who deposited the hoard, why they did so, and when it was
most likely deposited.  John's research is very well documented
and he provides transcribed key primary source documents in
an extensive appendices.

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 Megan Fenselau at the preceding
postal address or e-mail fenselau@amnumsoc.org or telephone
(212) 571-4470 ext. 1311.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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