Editor Gary Trudgen forwarded this note about the latest issue of The Colonial Newsletter. -Editor The April 2009 issue of The Colonial Newsletter: A Research Journal in Early American Numismatics (CNL) has been published. As a reminder, the subscription price for 2009 has been significantly reduced. The rates 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 two Letters to the Editor with regard to previously published material. Robert Bowser responds to Byron Weston's Letter to the Editor, in CNL-136, concerning late eighteenth-century muled halfpence. Robert suggests yet another plausible theory that explains why there are so many halfpence struck from unrelated dies.
We also received a congratulatory note from the dean of early American numismatics, Eric P. Newman, in reference to Lou Jordan's paper on colonial currency annotations that appeared in our last issue.
Next we present not one, not two, but three Technical Notes. The first two are updates to previously published Technical Notes while the final one is new. First, Dr. Roger Moore reports the discovery of a second specimen of the extremely rare 42½-c New Jersey copper variety. Clem Schettino follows with information on four more New Jersey What'sIt? coppers. Finally, Dr. Steven J. Shephard provides an account of an archaeological find in Alexandria, VA, concerning a 1797 Washington medal.
Wrapping up this issue is a comprehensive paper by Dr. Philip Mossman where he unravels the complex world of the French gold coinages during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It can be a confusing subject but Phil does a superior job of explaining and analyzing each gold coinage issued during the reigns of French kings Louis XIII through Louis XVI.
These coinages had a wide circulation including the British North American colonies. Since our forefathers had to deal with the intricacies of these coinages, it behooves those with an interest in early American numismatics to understand the terminology and exchange rates that existed in the various colonies. Phil employs several tables that summarize different facets of the coinages which is extremely helpful in gaining an understanding of them. I predict that Phil's paper on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French gold coins will become the standard reference on the subject for many years to come.
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