Bob Evans forwarded this invitation to his talk at Saturday's ANA Numismatic Theatre. I'm afraid I'll be traveling home at that time for my son's birthday. For those still at the convention, this should be a "don't miss" opportunity.
Below is a closeup of a 1857-S double eagle, the "Spiked Shield" variety (close-up of the spiked shield).
I would like to extend a personal invitation to NBS members and E-Sylum readers to attend my Numismatic Theater presentation at the ANA in Chicago on Saturday, August 20 at 10 AM - The S.S. Central America Treasure: Latest Insights and Research. I will talk about the shipwreck, its history, and recovery of the treasure as an extended introduction.
But the latter part of this talk will be about my experiences with the numismatic study of the various die varieties of early San Francisco Mint double-eagles during the curatorial process, a study made possible by the amazing number of high quality pieces, numbering in the thousands. The work was also made possible by Dwight Manley, who supported the original determination of the die varieties during the six-month curatorial program in 2000, and by Adam Crum, who supported and encouraged me to compile my decade-old notes and photographs and finish the study. The results will be included in the next edition of the book by Douglas Winter and Adam Crum about Type I double eagles (exact title to be determined), to be published by Whitman sometime around the beginning of 2012.
The "Garden of Gold" - the SS Central America treasure as found on the shipwreck
My life with this treasure was and is a unique honor, and I relish the opportunity to present the results of my studies at this venue. I would be pleased to see you there.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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