Due to the Veteran's day holiday I ended up staying home with my family Tuesday rather than going to the usual monthly dinner of
Nummis Nova, my Northern Virginia numismatic social group. But here's a short off-topic note from me followed by reports from some of the Nummis
Nova regulars who did attend this month's gathering. -Editor
An Anglo-American Cake
In lieu of my own diary entry this week, I just wanted to share images of a great cake consumed at a gathering of my coworkers last
Friday. Our lead developer is a Brit, and after four years his contract is up and he's returning to London. We'll miss him! The wife of one
of our team members baked a Union Jack cake for his going-away party. But the real surprise was inside - check out the cross-section! Sorry for the
low-resolution images - these were cropped from a video. -Editor
Eric Schena writes:
About 12 of us were at the dinner and since the theme was military service and numismatics, I brought a selection of World War I local service
medals from the area, including ones issued by the State of Delaware (named), City of Norfolk (named), City of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, City
of Roanoke, City of Winchester/Frederick County, Washington DC (named to an officer in QMRC), and a Mexican Border Service Medal to a member of the
5th Maryland Infantry (National Guard).
Mike Packard brought an enormous photo book of World War I personalities that was fascinating to flip through, and Aaron Packard had a great
selection of mostly Civil War storecards to show. Lenny Goldberg brought a few military "good fors" and Dave as always had some outstanding
medals he picked up at Baltimore to pass around (including one Julian Leidman teased everyone as being a bowling piece).
Julian, Wayne Herndon, Gene Brandenberg, Steve Nishop, Chris Neusil, and Jon Radel all joined in the fun as always - had some really interesting
discussions about all aspects of numismatics. To me, these dinners typify the best of our chosen field - camaraderie, great stories, and an amazing
talent pool. It is always a highlight of my numismatic calendar.
Query: Two Unusual 1876 Centennial Items
Dave Schenkman writes:
At the dinner Tuesday I passed around two unusual 1876 Centennial items I purchased at the recent Baltimore show. The “Prize Medal” is
counterstamped on an 1855 French 5 centimes. The other one was struck with incuse lettering on a 21.5mm nickel planchet. I mentioned them to Ron
Abler, who recently published an on-line catalog of Centennial medals, but neither rang a bell with him. I haven’t attempted to research them yet,
but do recall that a couple of tokens from the Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal with crossed cannons and bomb design are pictured in Paul Cunningham’s
catalog of military tokens.
Is anyone familiar with these items? -Editor
Trials and Triumphs of Labor
Eric Schena writes:
I didn't bring it because I knew Wayne Homren would not be there, but I recently purchased a copy of the Trials and Triumph of Labor
book by Labor Exchange movement founder G. B. De Bernardi . It has a photo of De Bernardi himself. Wayne introduced me to Labor Exchange currency at
one of our meetings, and I've become an active collector.
Civil War Tokens
Aaron Packard writes:
Tuesday’s theme was based on Veteran’s Day. Thus, I brought a few Civil War Patriotics, as well as storecards with patriotic reverses.
Aaron brought 30 specimens and provided a number of images for The E-Sylum. Here are some of my favorites. Thanks!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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