Editor Gary Trudgen forwarded this note about the latest issue of The Colonial Newsletter. -EditorThe August 2008 issue of The Colonial Newsletter: A Research Journal in Early American Numismatics (CNL) has been published.
We start with a Technical Note from Clem Schettino where he reports on three new What'sIt?s, all created from genuine New Jersey coppers. A What'sIt? is a state copper where the original design was altered by a skilled engraver often resulting in a new variety. Clem reviews the previously recorded specimens and then presents the three new unreported New Jersey What'sIt?s. Images are provided of each specimen along with metrological data.
Frank Campbell, the longtime and highly respected ANS librarian, retired earlier this year. John Kleeberg, who worked with Frank, has written an appreciation of Frank and his career at the ANS Library. Integrated into the paper, John also provides suggestions on how a numismatic researcher can get the most out of the ANS Library. John's insights and recollections truly make interesting reading.
Next we are pleased to welcome a new author, Oliver D. Hoover, to the pages of CNL. Oliver is well known to many CNL readers through his published work in other ANS publications. Oliver's first contribution to CNL is an in-depth study of the Wood 33 copper. This halfpenny-sized copper is often associated with Canadian blacksmith coppers because it was included in the 1910 study of blacksmiths by Howland Wood. Over the years, however, many numismatists have come to realize that Wood 33 is more closely related to British evasion coppers than it is to Canadian blacksmiths. Oliver's groundbreaking study comes to the same conclusion - Wood 33 should be considered an imported evasion copper into Canada rather than a Canadian-made blacksmith.
Our final paper delves into the Potosí Mint scandal of the mid-1600s and its possible influence on the creation and operation of the Massachusetts Bay Mint. Authored by Dr. Philip Mossman in his never ending quest to improve upon his book Money of the American Colonies and Confederation, Phil studies the Potosí scandal and its effect upon the world's currency standard. In his book he had speculated that some of the questionable money consigned to the Massachusetts Bay Mint was from the Potosí scandal of 1648. However, based upon his current study of the scandal he has found that his original hypothesis needs to be revised. Anyone with an interest in Spanish-American coinage will find Phil's latest work very interesting and informative.
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