CORNELL'S MAKING OF AMERICA WEB SITE
Board member Larry Mitchell writes:
"Among the best resources
for ancillary coverage of 19th century American numismatic
topics are the monographs and journals currently being digitized
as part of Cornell University's MAKING OF AMERICA project.
The almost 1,000,000 pages digitized to date are a treasure trove
of information for numismatists.
To give you hint of what's available, a very simple search --
using the keyword "coin"--returns the following:
- >Search "coin" returned 29269 matches in 13479 works.
- >View the 5809 matches in 243 books.
- >View the 23460 matches in 13236 journal articles.
- >View the 29269 matches in 13479 works."
The site's address is:
Bill Malkmus notes:
"This is a fantastic site (I tried it) and it is
every bit as great as Larry Mitchell describes."
This site is a fine place to begin a numismatic treasure hunt.
American numismatic researchers are encouraged to search
it for their favorite subjects; please report back to us if you
find any interesting heretofore-unkown nuggets of information.
One random example I came across is an article on "An Alloy
of Gold and Aluminum" in "The Manufacturer and Builder",
Volume XXVI, 1894.
"In the course of experiments made for the Royal Society's
committee on researches upon alloys, Prof. Austen-Roberts
made a discovery that will probably be utilized in the
coinage of money. His alloy consists of 78 parts of gold to
22 parts of aluminum.
These proportions, moreover, are the only ones in which
the two metals alloy perfectly. The product, it is said, is of
a beautiful purple color, with ruby reflections, and cannot be
imitated. Besides, as gold is 7.7 times heavier than aluminum,
the same weight of the latter will be 7.7 times greater in bulk
than the former."
Has anyone heard of a coin or pattern ever being stuck on
such an alloy?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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