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DECEMBER 2008 COLONIAL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED
Editor Gary Trudgen forwarded this release about the latest issue of The Colonial Newsletter. -EditorThe December 2008 issue of The Colonial Newsletter: A Research Journal in Early American Numismatics (CNL) has been published. In this issue, we are pleased to announce a significant CNL subscription price rollback starting in 2009. The new subscription prices are: $25 per year for ANS members and $40 per year for non-ANS members. Take advantage of this price reduction and contact the ANS to subscribe.
This issue starts with a ground breaking paper on colonial currency by associate editor Lou Jordan. As Lou explains, many of us have held a coin from our colonial era and wondered where it traveled and who handled it - could one of our founding fathers have actually held this coin? While it is not likely we will ever discover this kind of information about this coin, colonial paper notes can often provide such insights through handwritten annotations. Deciphering the annotations on colonial notes can be difficult, however, which has resulted in very little study, until now, in this area of numismatics. Lou has tackled this challenge and presents some of his findings on several colonial notes from the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Collection. Several illustrations are included to illuminate his discussion.
In order to correctly interpret a particular coinage event, it is very helpful to understand the people that were involved with that coinage. Our next paper, authored by Brian Danforth, looks at the life and times of William Wood. Many of us are familiar with the name of the man responsible for the Hibernia and Rosa Americana coinages but outside of this information, who was William Wood? What were his ambitions, his successes, and his failures? Who were his parents, his wife, and his children? And, importantly, why was he interested in coinage? Brian answers these questions and more in a superbly researched and written paper.
Our final contribution to this issue is a technical note discussing the discovery of yet another Atlee halfpenny die. George Seifrit reports on a newly found 1778-dated reverse die that is married to the previously known Vlack 13 obverse die. It is the third die with this date and has appropriately been labeled Vlack 78C. A die state study of obverse Vlack 13 is included in an effort to determine when this new die was paired with it.
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The CNL price reduction is a welcome development. When has the price of anything (except the stocks in your 401(k)) gone DOWN? CNL is a quality journal, well worth the cost for anyone with an interest in the history or numismatics of the period. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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