I had to miss the January Nummis Nova dinner meeting on Tuesday due to an unexpected family matter. Our theme was alternative currencies. I had been planning to bring several items from my collection to show. I'll save most of them for next month, but I put images of some of my Labor Exchange items together with Steve Whitfield's great branch #1 note in the previous article.
But so we can all share in some of the fun, I asked folks to send us images of some of their show-and-tell items. First, a few beauties from David Schenkman.
An 1695 Austrian Taler
Wow - check out that chin! A great condition piece.
A 1700 Crown
I bought this 1700 crown at a Stacks sale nearly thirty years ago.
Arizona Nail in Your Coffin Rebus token
This aluminum token came to me in a collection I recently purchased. There were a number of good Arizona tokens, but I like this one because of the rebus reverse.
I can’t recall seeing another token with a coffin on it. According to Peter Spooner’s catalog of Arizona tokens, Sam Abraham operated a saloon circa 1894-1914. This token would have been good for a drink.
Well, there are at least two other tokens picturing coffins. We pictured them in the April 15th E-Sylum, from the collection of Eric Schena's wife Heather.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY: APRIL 15, 2012
Eric Schena writes:
To go with the night's theme of Alternate Currencies, I brought some examples of Baltimore's BNotes - a local/community currency in circulation at the present. I got them along with a brochure that described their use and where to get them. They are really quite well made and very attractive - it's not apparent in the scans but the serial numbers and the large denomination numeral are in gold. I am still looking for some of the other Mid-Atlantic community currencies (Floyd Hours, Anacostia Hours, and Potomacs) and hope to have some of those to show at a future dinner.
I also brought an earlier example of a community currency: this time from the Panic of 1907. This note is a $1 note from the Associated Banks of Lynchburg, VA. There are not a lot of examples of Panic scrip from Virginia and, while this is quite low grade, I am pleased to have an example. I also hope to source some Panic of 1893 scrip someday.
Thanks for the great images. I'd never seen the Lynchburg Clearing House certificate. I'll bet it's a rare item.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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