I always look forward to my copy of the C4 Newsletter, the official publication of the Colonial Coin Collector's Club. The Summer 2009 issue has a couple items of interest to numismatic bibliophiles.
First, the is an article by Tom Kays titled Stray Finds - Historic Coins of Colonial Virginia
Ray Williams once lamented that numismatic authors, having written 90% of a book, take too long to finish that last 10% - delaying publication way too long to suit him. Here is a quick look at a slowly developing coin book that may lead to publication someday.
A fact surprising to the general public but something C4 readers know is that hundreds of old coins come to light each year found by lucky and persistent relic hunters, the quiet, successful ones - who now hold lifetime collections of dug objects amassed over half a century of happy digging. From these collections I've gathered data on one thousand early coins dug in old Virginia.
Surmises about coin origin, circulation and loss patterns by decade will be estimated in order to help reconstruct an extended true type set of circulating coins of Virginia.
Tom goes into a good bit of detail on his research to date. Good luck with the project - we'll eagerly await the book!
Also in this issue is an article titled Early Colonial Dealer by Daniel Sheffer. In the article Daniel discusses the significance of a 1917 fixed price list published by The Eagle Stamp & Coin.
Growing up I learned that my great grandfather, Earnest A. Hack, was a coin collector, turned dealer! He lived in Detroit, Mi just 20 miles from where I live. He began collecting in 1900, at the age of 11. In 1910 he opened a coin, currency and stamp shop.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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