I heated up some leftovers for dinner while my wife put the kids to bed. I grabbed my new copy of the June Numismatist and began reading the cover article: The Art of Robert Aitken - Beauty in Thought & Execution. I enjoyed learning about this important artist, who was responsible for designing commemorative gold coins for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. The story was interesting and the choice of illustrations was superb.
In my haste (or was it hunger?) to get to the meat of the article, I hadn't noticed who the author was, and I wondered who it was. As it turns out, the article was penned by none other than Barbara Gregory, The Numismatist's longtime editor. Other great articles in the issue included:
Prebel Medal Mystery by Tony Lopez, is about a Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Commodore Edward Preble, the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Constitution in the Barbary Wars. The author acknowledged assistance from E-Sylumites John W. Adams and Dick Johnson.
Spanning the Ages by Max Speigel discusses numismatic souvenirs related to the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge 125 years ago.
Philadelphia's First "P" Mintmark concerns an interesting bit of U.S. numismatic trivia: What were the FIRST coins produced at the Philadelphia Mint to bear the "P" mintmark? The answer surprised me - it's NOT the 1942 Jefferson Nickel. Can anyone supply the answer without consulting the article?
Rounding out the issue are the contributions of regular columnists including David Lange, David Vagi, Wendell Wolka and others. It's a great issue - check it out!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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