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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 12, March 22, 2009, Article 11

DICK JOHNSON ON WOODGRAIN AND HIS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COIN AND MEDAL TECHNOLOGY

Dick Johnson submitted the below follow-up to his article on woodgrain surfaces, which elicited several responses from readers. -Editor
1981D Lincoln Cent Woodgrain Sincere thanks to all eight respondents to my E-Sylum item on "woodgrain." The term I found used in the blogs was new to me. I feel properly castigated that I overlooked a term that is not new, but has been in wide use among numismatists -- for how long? -- over many decades. Where have I been?

I have been casting a net now for 40 years gathering terms that I feel are unique to numismatics, not everyday English words, but terms a serious numismatist should be aware of, and I have recorded their numismatic meaning. The count now stands at 1,835 such terms. Still not ready for publication, but getting close.

The welcome sign is out for anyone to send me a word or term they like and use that, perhaps, is not all that common. Don't send me terms of trade puffing or adverbs extolling the condition of some coin. Instead I am looking for terms with solid, factual numismatic meaning. An example might be Walter Breen's invented term for Buffalo nickel trial pieces in galvano form -- "electrotrials."

Now I noticed the term "pellets" used by Dave Bowers in his response to the woodgrain item. Dave, may I plead you ease up on this use? Pellet has a fixed and prior meaning in the field. It is a term used by modelers when they prepare a coin or medal design in clay. A "pellet" is a tiny piece of clay which the sculptor adds to the clay model in building the relief design. In the video "Medal Maker" Laura Gardin Fraser is shown adding one pellet at a time to create the model for the National Sculpture Society Special Medal of Honor.

Anyone care to bounce a numismatic term off me? Email: dick.johnson@snet.net.



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