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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 12, March 20, 2011, Article 11

NEWSLETTER: CHOPMARK NEWS RELAUCHED

Colin Gullberg writes:

The Chopmark Collectors Club has just relaunched their newsletter, Chopmark News. The newsletter will be published quarterly and contains information regarding chopmarks - the countermarks applied by Chinese merchants during the China trade period which ran roughly 1600 - 1935. The journal will investigate and document the different chops and their meaning. Recent sales will be discussed and persons important to the chopmark coin world will be interviewed. Please contact Colin Gullberg, the current editor, for a free e-copy at: chopmarknews@gmail.com .

Colin forwarded me a copy of the newsletter in .pef format and it's a great addition to the body of research on the topic. It has 20 pages of articles and information and I can recommend it highly to anyone with even the slightest interest in the topic. Below is an excerpt and an example of the excellent "Chopmark Analysis" feature. -Editor

Chopmark News v15n01 Greetings from your new editor in Taiwan.

For the longest time I resisted approaching Rich Licato offering to take over the job of edi-tor of the CCC newslet-ter. It seemed like such a daunting job putting out a newsletter cover-ing a field of numismat-ics that little is known and agreeing to do it on a regular, hopefully quarterly, basis. Yet this is what I have decided to do.

You may well ask why?

Perhaps the answer is why mountain climbers attempt Everest: Be-cause itís there.

Seriously, I feel that I can offer something of interest to the club members and put out a quarterly publication.

Everett Jones started the newsletter in July 1990óBEFORE the internet existedó and managed to more than I probably ever will even with the resources avail-able on-line now. Mark Benvenuto and Rich Licato also did excellent jobs as editors. I can only hope I do half as good a job as my predecessors did.

Each edition will include an interview with some-one of interest. In addition, I am including columns where we can introduce ourselves [Meet our Members] as well as eBay sales. Most importantly, I am going to devote 2-3 pages of each issue exploring and as-signing individual numbers to each chopmark. This has never been done in any systematic way before but is the most important thing I think the newsletter will try to accomplish. It is a huge job as there are possibly thousands of different chopmarks.

Chopmark News Chopmark Analysis v15n01

This issue also includes a great illustrated article by Howard A. Daniel III on "Chopped US Notes Found in Ho Chi Minh City" and an interview with Michael Chou of Champion Auctions, one-time owner of the Frank Rose collection of chopmarked coins.

Good luck to Colin and the organization - we'll look forward to more issues of this excellent publication. -Editor

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