Tom Kays, who added information about the Castine Hoard in the last E-Sylum, was also the one who brought the website to the attention of the colonial community. He is the author of a wonderful article, that's 30 pages in length, and I recommend to all to enjoy. I reread it often. The article appeared in The Colonial Newsletter and is available to read on the web. It gives you a good idea of the coins circulating in the tobacco colonies, it reads easy, is historically informative and makes us all appreciate how easy it is to make a transaction today.
Even if you don't collect colonial coins, most of us have an interest in our colonial history and can still enjoy this work.
It's a great article - I can see why Ray (President of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club) rereads it often. At 30 pages it's more of a monograph. I'd call it required reading for anyone interested in the history of coinage in the U.S. I have the CNL issue around here somewhere, but I'll print out the web version and keep it handy for lunchtime reading. I understand Tom is working on a book-length manuscript, and I know I'll be one of the first in line to buy one. -Editor
To read the complete article, see: When Cross Pistareens Cut Their Way Through the Tobacco Colonies (http://www.numismatics.org/cnl/Pistareens.pdf)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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