My northern Virginia numismatic social group Nummis Nova normally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, but some forecasted bad weather
caused a postponement to Wednesday. So it was Wednesday that I headed to a Tex-Mex restaurant called Silverado in Annandale. Steve Bishop
and Tom Kays were our hosts.
I was the first one to arrive and took a seat in the bar and ordered a cold one. Before long Dave Schenkman joined me, and shortly
afterward Eric Schena arrived as well and we were able to get seated at our table in the next room. The three of us sat around one end
because we hadn't been able to talk much due to the seating arrangements the month before.
Howard Daniel was one of the next to arrive. He's been in Vietnam for months, and this was his first meeting since his return. He
had with him a nice scroll given to him by his numismatic friends there (more below from Tom Kays).
Others attending the dinner included Jon Radel, Chris Neuzil, Aaron Packard, Joe Esposito, Wayne Herndon, and Mike Packard. Here are a
couple photos taken with my phone by Eric.
Clockwise from Jon Radel (back to camera), Chris Neuzil,
Steve Bishop, Aaron Packard, Howard Daniel, Wayne Homren, Dave Schenkman,
Joe Esposito, Wayne Herndon, Mike Packard, Tom Kays.
I brought two items for show-and-tell: my copy of Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman, and an unawarded but nice Belgian
Carnegie Hero Medal, a recent eBay acquisition. Here are the seller's photos, which don't do the medal justice - it's beautiful
Aaron Packard came with a number of nice tokens, and provided these images for The E-Sylum. Thanks! My favorites were the Tom
Thumb token and the 1864 Lincoln campaign piece. For more information on these, see Aaron's web site:
Eric Schena writes:
I had a great time at the dinner - good restaurant, great company, and fantastic discussions. For the dinner, I brought a selection of
documents and source material relating to the LOGEX military exercises that happened at Fort Lee, Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s. I had brought some
early pieces of training scrip to an earlier dinner that was used to practice MPC change days.
Recently, I managed to snag some additional materials, to include administrative handbooks, histories and synopses, a couple of
newsletters ("The LOGEX Log"), supply prices lists, and a couple of pieces of the scrip, all dating to exercises held between
1963 and 1967.
Having grown up a military brat, I am fascinated by military related currencies, and with the added interest of these being from
Virginia, the LOGEX materials are well within my bailiwick. I haven't run across things like the handbooks before, so they add some
historical context. I'm keeping an eye out for any other related materials.
Tom Kays wrote the remainder of this diary entry about our meeting, and provided several images. Thanks! -Editor
Nummis Nova met in Annandale at Silverado, a fine Tex-Mex establishment chosen by Steve Bishop. Present were Mike Packard, Wayne Herndon
Joe Esposito, Dave Schenkman, Wayne Homren, Eric Schena, Howard Daniel, Aaron Packard, Steve Bishop, Chris Neuzel, Jon Radel, and Tom Kays
ready for bib and tucker, I should say chips and salsa amigo.
Here we are posing for the camera. No, wait. Howard Daniel showed us a 2016 calendar from the CLB SUU TÂP TEM - TIÊN of Ho Chi Minh
City, Viet Nam which included a nice group photo of all the club members, Howard included. They do that every year apparently. I like
Here is our table starting with the more mature end, headed by your E-Sylum editor in person. Pictured from left to right are
Howard, Eric, Wayne Homren, Dave, Joe, Wayne Herndon, and Mike in deep contemplation of dinner.
At my side of the table things were rather jolly, of course since I was there, and because we had already decided what we wanted off the
menu and could relax in typical fashion. From left to right are Chris, Steve, and over the invisible divide on the more solemn side, on his
phone, Aaron. Not pictured were Tom (your iPhone photographer for the evening) and the mysteriously out-of-frame Jon.
Lao Copper Ingot; Eric P. Newman Patent
Passing by during show-and-tell time were an Andrew Carnegie Hero Fund Medal, a Lao “Crocodile” Copper Ingot, one of three Eric P. Newman
Patents (did you know he is an inventor)? This one was filed December29, 1944 for a Safety Control System for Burners, and we used it as a book mark
in the signed, limited edition biography, “Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman which passed by, followed by an uncut sheet (remainders)
of Demand Bank Notes for denominations of twelve and one half cents, 25 cents and 50 cents from the “Anti-Eatam Iron Works of Antietam, Maryland,
dated 18__, a token estimated at only five struck from Norfolk, VA from R. Chamberlaine with Washington obverse, a pair of Russian coins: a 5 Kopeck
piece dated 1793, but actually struck in 1797 over a 1796 10 Kopeck piece of the different cipher design, which, in turn, was struck over a 5 Kopecks
of the usual design of Catherine the Great.
R. Chamberlaine Norfolk, VA token
A binder with numerous U.S Army, Fort Lee, Virginia ephemera including Logistical Exercise (LOGEX) Payment Certificates circa 1967, toned,
high Mint State (MS) silver dollars of 1879-S and 1890-S, Cardboard “Good Fors” from S.H. Robertson, Taylors Store Va, an 1823 New York Grand Canal
Token from Tredwell Kissam makers of Hardware, Cutlery, and Looking Glasses, a General Tom Thumb Medal, World Map medal in white metal from the
Crystal Palace, a four and one sixth cents token from 1884 good for one loaf of bread from F. M. Jack in Atlanta, and other most interesting tokens
including from Sabins Music Hall, a Temperance Token from Albany House, and J. & L. Brewster, Manufacturer of Caps and Hats from New Orleans all of
which landed on my dinner plate before entrees were served. In other words this was a pretty normal night for our supper club.
At our end of the table we spent much time in amusing ourselves with the difficulties in locating War of 1812 Congressional Medals, from
one that was used as a hockey puck to another that was said to be in the Smithsonian, but couldn't be located. We note that none of us
had ever heard about thefts from the Smithsonian, as we have from other museums. It seems the Smithsonian holdings are so vast that items
may turn up eventually from among the various buildings and divisions so that nothing is missing even if its present whereabouts are not
Thanks, Tom! It was another great evening of numismatic fellowship, with some great numismatic items being shared. If you don’t have such
a group in your home town, consider starting one! With coin shops on the wane, it's a great way to keep in touch with the hobby.
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