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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 14, April 2, 2000, Article 3


Asylum Editor E. Tomlinson Fort writes:

"American numismatists and bibliophiles, tend to be more than a bit insular. This was especially brought home to me while I was looking through some early volumes of the British Numismatic Journal. There I found a couple of articles on early colonial coinage [to be specific the pieces were: P. Nelson, "The Coinage of William Wood for the American Colonies, 1722-1733," BNJ 1 (1904), pp.265-86 and H.A. Parsons, "A Cut New-England Threepence Attributed to the Leeward Islands," BNJ 15 (1918-20), pp.225-7].

That the British should take an interest in the American colonial series is not surprising. After all, until 1783 much of what is now the eastern U.S. was British territory. Likewise, the esteemed editor of The E-Sylum possesses A. Vattemare, Collection de monnaies et medailles de l'Amerique du Nord de 1652 a 1858 (Paris, 1861) which is a catalogue of the Bibliotheque Nationale's collection of American coins. This is an obvious sign that by the Civil War the French were taking an interest in the coins on the other side of the Atlantic.

What I would like to do is put together a bibliography of works on American coinage published outside of the U.S. and Canada, especially those in languages other than English. I would greatly appreciate it if people could e-mail me the basic information: author, title, place and year of publication as well as brief summary of the contents (no more than two or three sentences). I hope to publish this list in The Asylum as time and space permit."

Tom's email address is:

Wayne Homren, Editor

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