Numismatic researcher and author Roger Burdette has debuted the first issue of the Journal of Numismatic Research. This 48-page first issue features two articles about the technology used in producing coins in the US Mints.
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OBERLIN SMITH – PATENT FOR A COINING PRESS, 1896
United States patent number 574227 was issued to Oberlin Smith on December 29, 1896. Smith was owner of the Ferracute Company and had many years of experience in designing and manufacturing industrial and machine shop presses, lathes and other equipment. His company produced only two sizes of coin presses and sold a few to the U.S. Mint and others to foreign governments. This is the first publication of Smith’s complete patent text and illustrations.
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VICTOR JANVIER – PATENT FOR A MODEL REDUCING MACHINE, 1899
French and English - New translation by Margaux C. Thieme-Burdette
Among American numismatists Victor Janvier is known almost entirely for the model reducing machine of his invention that was installed in the Philadelphia Mint in 1906. The first test was in December when Barber and Morgan made hubs for a sample double eagle. In January 1907 the first reductions of Saint-Gaudens' double eagle models were made. The French patent, number 294123, was issued on November 8, 1899 and amended in February 24, 1902. This is the first publication of his patent and includes all documents remaining in the French patent office archive.
The PDF version of Journal of Numismatic Research (JNR) is available exclusively from Wizard Coin Supply’s web site.
This issue has a cover price of $10 in electronic or printed versions.
Wizard will also be the exclusive distributor of all printed and electronic editions of JNR, and of Roger's forthcoming book, United States Pattern and Experimental Pieces of WW-II.
Roger is the author of “Renaissance of American Coinage” (Numismatic Literary Guild Book-of-the-Year three years in a row) series and “Guide Book of Peace Dollars,” Assay Commission Records – 1800-1943” and Silver Dollars Struck under the Pittman Act.”. He is a Federal Court-approved numismatic expert, contributor to the Red Book, Judd Patterns and many other fine numismatic books, discoverer of two gold patterns, and author of numerous coin research articles.
Roger informs me that the hardcopies are still being printed but will soon be available on the web site. The electronic version is available immediately.
I think the JNR a great way to publish important research that wouldn’t otherwise find its way into print because of the smaller commercial market.
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