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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 1, January 3, 2010, Article 15

MORE ON THE PITTSBURG AND MEXICAN TIN MINING COMPANY MEDAL

Pittsburg & Mexican Tin Mining Co. Medal obverse Pittsburg & Mexican Tin Mining Co. Medal reverse

In the last The E-Sylum, George Fuld wrote:

I just noted the discussion on the H-K 149 Pittsburgh token. I believe the first publication re this "medal" was in our Token Collector pages, in the Numismatist during 1952. It is in the Quarterman "Token Collector Pages" on page 45 along with two other tin mining pieces.

Jonathan Brecher writes:

I was wondering if I could pull up that publication on ine, so I typed a few keywords into Google. It did not find a copy of the 1952 publication, although it did find a mention in the 1953 Numismatist. Unfortunately, that edition is still under copyright and only available in "Snippet view". Someone who has access to hard copies from this era might find more information in volume 66, page 132.

To my surprise it also found a second reference -- from sixty years earlier! My Spanish is a bit rusty, but with the help of Yahoo's Babelfish translator (babelfish.yahoo.com), it appears that George H. Thurston, Secretary of the Pittsburg & Mexican Tin Mining Co, sent a copy of the medal to a Mexican official on January 30, 1892. Too bad he didn't mention how many were struck! (See books.google.com/books?id=7k0UAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA130&dq=%22first+car+load+of+metallic%22 )

It appears that there is also a mention in 26 AJN 89, but while most volumes of the American Journal of Numismatics are digitized in Google, volume 26 seems to be one of the exceptions.

Thanks for the online sleuthing! This is a good example of how Google can be great at FINDING stuff, but not so great in GETTING it. Searches like these have often helped me find stuff in my own library that I didn't know was there due to poor or hard-to-access indexes. Sadly, my AJN set seems to be lacking v26, although I do have a complete 1953 volume of The Numismatist.

Ed Krivoniak, whose original question about the medals started this discussion writes:

The AJN reference is just a listing without any other information. The Fuld reference is also one that I have. "Boletin de agricultura, minerķa é industrias" is where a lot of my information on the medal came from, but Jonathan Brecher did catch me by surprise with his information. I wasn't aware that George Thurston sent a medal to a Mexican official.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON THE PITTSBURG AND MEXICAN TIN MINING COMPANY MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n52a08.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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