Lawrence J. Lee, curator of the Byron Reed Collection
at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, was pictured in
an article in the May 23rd issue of Numismatic News. The
article covers a presentation he made at the Central States
Numismatic Society show on research into "A Remarkable
Piece Lately Found in Philadelphia". The title is taken from
a presentation by William Sumner Appleton to the Boston
Numismatic Society in 1861. The piece, pedigreed to
Joseph Mickley and Charles Bushnell, is of unknown origin,
and Lee's "research into the legends, letter punches, and
iconography" is beginning to shed some light on the unusual
coin, whose legends read "Confederatio Americanus
Juvenus, Tyrannis in Peretum Abeit Terra (translated as
The Youthful American Confederation, Let the Earth be
Forever free From Tyrants."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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