Editor Gary Trudgen submitted this description of the contents of the latest issue of The Colonial Newsletter. The Empire Topics images are taken from the copy in my library (Issue No. 7, August-September 1959). -Editor The August 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 a paper that discusses the 1784-dated imitation British halfpenny known today as Batty 3826 or Vlack 14-84A. This coin is considered by many to be of American origin primarily because of its crude design.
Byron Weston carefully reconsiders the many aspects of this coin and argues that it is no different than many other British-made counterfeit halfpennies. Byron reviews what has been previously written about the coin, he provides many illustrations to support his discussion, and he introduces a new counterfeit halfpenny variety that appears to have been made by the same counterfeiting gang that produced Vlack 14-84A.
Byron references a little-known 1959 article by Eric Newman which has been reprinted in this issue for the enlightenment of our readers. The reprint follows Byron's paper and was first published in Empire Topics by Q. David Bowers.
Next, we are pleased to welcome a new author, Max Spiegel, to the pages of CNL. Max writes about his investigations into the origin of Bermuda's hogge money. In He explores the possibility that Charles Anthony, the chief engraver at the Royal Mint in London from 1599 until his death in 1615, may have engraved the dies and privately minted hogge money for the Somers Isles Company. I won't spill the beans concerning what Max has determined. You will need to read Max's interesting and well-written paper to discover his conclusions.
Our final submission, in the form of a Technical Note, comes from Clem Schettino concerning a non-state coinage What'sIt?. Up to now, all known What'sIt?s have been re-engraved stated coppers.
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