The News-Item of Shamokin, PA featured Katie Jaeger in an article this week about her upcoming book. -EditorWhitman Publishing LLC will release the new “Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals,” written by award-winning author Katherine Jaeger of Gowen City, this month. Jaeger has written a narrative that spans from the 1700s to today, exploring the “coin-like objects” that have aided commerce, lampooned politicians, commemorated events, celebrated lives, marked deaths, paid fares, promoted social causes, awarded the deserving and satirized the wicked. She discusses the difference between medals and tokens, how each is created, aspects of today’s marketplace, areas of specialization and how to be a smart buyer.
Jaeger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1979, and spent each of her college summers working at archaeological digs in Israel. There she first heard the peculiar term numismatics, and began to view coins as archaeological dating tools and as pieces of historical record.
From 1979 to 1986 she worked in New York City as a copy editor and managing copy editor. Later, while raising a family with her husband, Tom, she switched to freelance editing. In 1999, she began writing history features for magazines such as American History and American Heritage.
The “hook” into exonumia came when she found a clipping of an 1885 newspaper interview with diesinker George H. Lovett, her great-great-grandfather. Immersed in the study of medals and tokens since then, she has authored several features for “The Numismatist” and “Coin World” and is the co-author (with Q. David Bowers) of “Whitman’s 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.”
To read the complete article, see: Gowen City woman’s book to be released in July (http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19831496
Wayne Homren, Editor
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