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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 20, May 19, 2013, Article 10

COINS MINTED BY SCOVILL MANUFACTURING

Bruce W. Smith has compiled a tentative list of coins minted by Scovill Manufacturing. Thanks! Can anyone confirm these, or add to the list? -Editor

Regarding Scoville Manufacturing, last week's article mentioned "22 different coins for 10 different countries" were made at the "Waterbury Mint". I don't think I have seen that list. Can someone tell me which coins were made by Scoville? A quick search on Google allowed me to compile this list:

Colombia

  • 2-1/2 centavos 1881 & 1900 & 1902;
  • 5 centavos 1886 (3 var.) 1888 & 1902

Dominican Republic

  • 1 centavo 1877
  • 2-1/2 centavos 1877
  • 5 centavos 1877

Haiti

  • 5 centavos 1904 (two designs); 1905
  • 10c 1906
  • 20c 1907
  • 50c 1907 & 1908

Nicaragua

  • 5 centavos 1898
  • 5 centavos 1899 (different type than 1898)

Peru

  • 2 centavos 1895

That should be 21 coins from 5 countries. I saw a rumor that Scoville may have made one or more coins for Chile in 1851, but have not confirmed this. What are the others?

I contacted Dick Johnson, who gave me the following list. Thanks! -Editor

  • 1876 Venezuela 1 Centavo (blanks only, coins struck by U.S. Mint, Philadelphia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 25
  • 1876 Venezuela 2½ Centavos (blanks only, coins struck by U.S. Mint, Philadelphia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KM 26
  • 1877 Dominican Republic 1 Centavo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 3
  • 1877 Dominican Republic 2½ Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 4
  • 1877 Dominican Republic 5 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 5
  • 1878 Netherlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM ?
  • 1881 Colombia 2½ Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 179
  • 1886 Colombia 5 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 183
  • 1888 Colombia 5 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 174
  • 1891 Bolivia 50 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 161
  • 1891 Germany 1 Pfenning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 10
  • 1891 Germany 5 Pfenning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 11
  • 1895 Peru 2 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 188
  • 1898 Nicaragua 5 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 8
  • 1899 Nicaragua 5 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 8
  • 1902 Colombia 2½ Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 190
  • 1902 Colombia 5 Centavos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 183
  • 1904 China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM ?
  • 1904-05 Haiti 5 Centimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 53
  • 1905 India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM ?
  • 1905 Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KM ?
  • 1906 Haiti 10 Centimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 54
  • 1907 Haiti 20 Centimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 55
  • 1907-08 Haiti 50 Centimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM 56
  • Date? China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KM ?

Dick adds:

I am uncertain about the coins for China as the records themselves were indistinct. They do mention a China coin in 1904, but a second reference may have been to that first, or a subsequent issue. Can anyone identify this Chinese coin? Also coins of Netherlands in 1878, and India and Mexico in 1905?

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: SCOVILL SUBJECT OF MUSEUM ORAL HISTORY PROJECT (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n19a11.html)

On the topic of Scovill's tokens, Alan V. Weinberg writes:

I have read several times that Dr. George Fuld travelled to Waterbury CT in the 1950's and acquired a large number of Scovill's reference collection including thousands of rare Civil War tokens (and other Scovill tokens) in gem mint state. This accounts today for the profuse availability of Gem Unc regular and off-metal CWT's in numismatic "circulation" as well as other 19th century diesinker creations in superb mint state .

Perhaps George can provide The E-Sylum with a narrative account of that trip. If not, the late Steve Tanenbaum could have and perhaps Dave Bowers, a longtime friend of George Fuld and who is currently writing the new CWT "bible", can fill us in.

The topic has come up before. In the May 28, 2006 issue George Fuld wrote: "

"Since we discussed Scovill at some length in The E-Sylum, I thought I should mention that my father wrote up the story in 1968, which is being reprinted in the current Civil War Token Society Journal, Volume 40, Nos. 1, 2 and 3. My dad's memory was more up to date than my 50 year old recollections."

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