On occasion the television show "History Detectives" touches on the subject of numismatics. An episode thia week featured an unusual coin, said to be shot by sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Did anyone see the show? -EditorThey'd make a good league of superheroes: Bookish professors and appraisers by day whose alter egos answer calls for help from the public during the summer break and put their well-honed skills to use for the good of all.
At a time when a generation is growing up thinking that research begins and ends with Google, getting out to see actual historical records is important, Luray says.
"You have to go through the records yourself, so you can look at the footnotes that will lead you to the next clue," she said. "The best part of the archives is you can find something you would overlook on the computer. You're always discovering something."
In tonight's premiere, Luray looks into whether a family heirloom, a French coin, was indeed shot by Annie Oakley, as family legend had it.
"Everybody has family folklore," Luray says. "We show how folklore connects to American history."
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The only thing I've ever seen quite like this is in the collection of the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. It's an 1878 Robert Lovett medal struck by the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society; it was shot by a sharpshooter at the Pittsburgh Exposition of that year. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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