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This week we open with three numismatic literature sales, two new books, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, ANA accomplishment awards, and more.

Other topics this week include Arizona trade tokens, reports from the 2021 ANA World's Fair of Money, "fingerprint technology", Waldo Newcomer, auction results and previews and Mars mission coins.

To learn more about The Tyrant Collection, CONECA, Ellen Feingold, Barbara Gregory, Dick Johnson, Kellen Hoard, Kerry Wetterstrom, macerated currency postcards, the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum, bovine numismatists, FLAME, the Central American Republic, prison tokens, the Museum of Islamic Art, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson and the negotiable cow, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

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Kolbe & Fanning have announced their next numismatic literature sale. -Editor

Salton Library to be sold September 18

KF 2021-08 Salton sale cover Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are proud to announce that on September 18, 2021, we will be selling at auction the extraordinary library formed by Mark and Lottie Salton. The Salton Library is especially rich in works devoted to ancient coins and the medallic arts, and is notable for its extensive holdings of European auction catalogues, many of which are heavily annotated. The couple's broad numismatic interests are reflected in their wide-ranging library, which includes material on coins from all over the world. We are offering the library in cooperation with Fritz Rudolf Künker, of Osnabrück, Germany.

Some highlights of the sale include:

KF 2021-08 sale lot 005 Babelon monnaies grecques et romaines
Lot 5

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Numismatic Booksellers Kolbe & Fanning submitted this announcement of their fifteenth "Buy or Bid Sale" which closes on September 7, 2021. Good luck, everyone! -Editor

KF Buy or Bid Sale 16 cover Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced our sixteenth Buy or Bid Sale, which begins now and will close on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. With hundreds of new additions, the sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost.

The sale includes over 1800 works on ancient, medieval and modern coins, as well as general works, periodicals and sale catalogues. Buy prices have been kept low to promote sales. To further encourage participation, the firm is offering free domestic shipping to bidders spending at least $300; there is also no packing and processing fee for this sale. Again, please read the Terms of Sale before participating.

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Solidus Numismatik e.K of Munich, Germany is also holding a September numismatic literature sale. Here's their announcement. -Editor

Solidus Literature Auction 77

We would like to draw your attention to our 7th literature auction with 1531 lots, for which you can already submit pre-bids:

Literature Auction 77 - live auction on September 12, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. CEST.

Link to Auex:

The online catalog is illustrated.

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Adrián González-Salinas submitted information about another new book on Mexican numismatics. Thanks. -Editor

Catalogo Numismatico Nayarit - 1 Book: Catálogo de Monedas, Medallas y Fichas de Nayarit (Catalog of Coins, Medals and Tokens of Nayarit, Mexico)

Author: José Antonio Pimienta
Year: First Edition 2021
Size (cms): 13.6 x 21.0 x 0.6 (half letter page)
Pages: 80
Full Color

This is the very first numismatic catalog related to the Mexican state of Nayarit (west of Mexico) It catalogs 11 Hacienda Tokens (some of them are very rare), 4 trade tokens, one monogram token, 4 spurious tokens, 3 mining stocks, 18 medals and 6 coins minted by Mexico City Mint (founded 1536).

Also, this publication uses catalog numbers of Mauricio Fernández-Garza, Frank W. Grove, Russell Rulau, Krause-Mishler and it added its own catalog number for tokens, medals and coins: SNY#, SNY-M# and SNY-Mo#. Each token is assigned a rare scale such as C (Common), E (Scarce), R (Rare) and MR (Very Rare). The author can be reached at

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Martin Bertelsen passed along information about the new edition of Peter Spooner's book on Arizona Trade Tokens. Thanks. The book is available in both full color and black and white versions. -Editor

2021 Arizona trade Tokens book cover After 11 years of searching, researching, compiling and updating, this is the new Arizona Trade Tokens 2021. It will take the place of the now Standard Reference, read only, work on Arizona Trade Tokens. "Arizona Trade Tokens, 2010" by Peter Spooner.

Built upon the foundations of Arizona Trade Tokens by the pioneer in the field, Hal Birt Jr. This new book expands from 294 in the 2010 book to 471 pages. It not only adds many new listings to the known items, but at least some historical information and a map on each and every town, village or location, many of them long gone.

This is a brand-new book and it will be shipped Media Mail to anywhere in the USA, free of charge.

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Publisher Dennis Tucker penned a Coin Update article about the debut of A Penny Saved: R.S. Yeoman and His Remarkable Red Book at the recent ANA World's Fair of Money. -Editor

Most numismatic books are about coins. A smaller number are about paper money, or tokens and medals (descending in quantity in that particular order). Fewer still focus on numismatic personalities, markets, specific historical factors, technology, and other aspects of the hobby (or art or science) of money.

Two weeks ago, at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money, a Whitman book debuted that involves all of the above and more. The new publication is A Penny Saved: R.S. Yeoman and His Remarkable Red Book.

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Jeffrey Zarit passed along word of the passing of Heritage foreign coin specialist Louis Collins. Thank you. Sorry to hear the news. Here's an excerpt from his online obituary. -Editor

Louis Harold Collins
June 19, 1941 - August 9, 2021

Louis Harold Collins, 80, passed away on August 9, 2021, at the Delaney at Lake Waco. The service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, with Dr. Kourtney Aylor Lee officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will follow at Waco Memorial Park for immediate family.

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The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is a video recap of the recent American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. -Editor

Newman Portal Posts ANA Convention Video Recap

The 2021 ANA convention was just as busy as usual, if not as highly attended. Visitors seemed determined to pack the last two years of missed conventions into a single event, and largely succeeded. This writer enjoyed six dinners in five nights (it could have been even more) and was thoroughly tired out by Saturday, but it was a good kind of tired. Lianna Spurrier has compiled a video report on behalf of Newman Portal, which features the unparalleled Tyrant collection exhibit, in addition to interviews with show attendees John Brush, John Dannreuther, Jeff Garrett, Bob Evans, Jesse Kraft, and Ian Russell.

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These are selections from the David Lisot Video Library that feature news and personalities from the world of coin collecting. David has been attending coin conventions since 1972 and began videotaping in 1985. The Newman Numismatic Portal now lists all David's videos on their website at:

Here's one on the numismatic error collectors group CONECA. -Editor

CONECA Cool Coins and Club!
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July 9 2021. John Miller, Public Relations Officer, Combined Organization of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA),
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FUN SUM21 CONECA.CLIP.Still001 CONECA is devoted to helping numismatists wanting to know more about collecting coins with mistakes from the Mint. John Miller explains the goals of the organization and shows some great examples of error Lincoln cents including an off-center strike, a double strike, a struck die cap, and a saddle strike. He also shows a clipped planchet Kennedy 50 cent.

CONECA (pronounced: CO´NECA) is a national numismatic organization devoted to the education of error and variety coin collectors. CONECA focuses on many error and variety specialties, including doubled dies, Repunched mintmarks, multiple errors, clips, double strikes, off-metals and off-centers—just to name a few.

For more information, see:

An excerpt of the video is available for viewing on the Coin Television YouTube Channel at:

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Some familiar faces were recognized at the Annual Awards Banquet at this year's ANA World's Fair of Money. Here's the press release. Congratulations to all! -Editor

ANA Members Recognized for Accomplishments During World's Fair of Money

Numismatics is the study and collection of coins, paper money, tokens and medals, but at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) it is the people who truly define the hobby. Several individuals were recognized for their service and commitment to numismatics during the ANA's 130th Annual Awards Banquet and Member & Awards Celebration during the World's Fair of Money®.

The Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics honors women who have made significant contributions in the field. This year's recipient is Ellen Feingold, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

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Another ANA Press Release highlights four other award winners, including more familiar names to E-Sylum readers. -Editor

Highest ANA Awards Given to Numismatists Making a Difference

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is honoring several numismatists who not only lead by example, but pave new avenues within the numismatic hobby. Recognized for their dedication, hard work, passion and contributions, these recipients will be acknowledged at the Chicago World's Fair of Money during the ANA Member & Celebration and the 130th Anniversary Awards Banquet.

Those being recognized are:

  • Kellen Hoard for the Young Numismatist of the Year
  • Kerry Wetterstrom for the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service
  • David Vagi for Numismatist of the Year
  • David Alexander for the Lifetime Achievement Award

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Macerated Currency Postcard
Carol Bastable writes:

"I am sure you have seen these macerated currency postcards before but what I liked about this one was the handwritten message. It says, "Just because you have a card made of $200 don't think you are rich". It is a numismatic message on this numismatic item and references the printed caption noting that the postcard is estimated to contain $200.00.

"While I have never studied these macerated postcards closely, I did think that this one has some rather large and colorful pulp. If I were a currency dealer or serious collector of paper money, I think I would be trying to see if any of the pulp was recognizable enough to identify a specific note. It would be kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack to line up a few letters or design with notes they may have come from. However, it would be very rewarding to get a match.

"To my surprise I saw that it was addressed to a person at a bank. The bank's name was abbreviated but it looks like Manufacturer's National Bank in Waterbury Connecticut. It also seems to be a related collectible for national bank note collectors. I had trouble deciphering the handwriting but it seems to be addressed to "... Bill Wolf at Manufacturer's National Bank Waterbury Connecticut."

Macerated Currency Postcard

Rare postally used postcard issued by J.F. Jarvis of Washington, D.C. during the late 19th century, postally used in 1906. These were made from bank notes redeemed and incinerated by the U.S. Treasury. Each is said to contain $200 in pulp money. Humorous note on the message side – please read for a chuckle. Card is in excellent condition.

To read the complete lot description, see:

I think our first mention of macerated money postcards was back in October 2020. Carol's example has a greenish tint - the earlier ones seemed brownish. Curious items of numismatic ephemera. -Editor

Carol adds:

"It is not quite as green as it appears in the photo. It is however more gray than the usual brown color ones."

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
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Other topics this week include Operation Manna, Muera Huerta paper money, and the Negotiable Cow. -Editor

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Here are some additional perspectives on the hobby and market in the wake of the recent American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money. First, here's what John Brush of David Lawrence Rare Coins wrote in an August 19, 2021 blog. -Editor

DLRC Coins We Love blog logo I always find that the major shows feel a lot different in hindsight than they do in the middle of the chaos. This week was no different. In this year's event, we set up one of the more elaborate coin displays that we've ever done and it was truly a hit. We had hundreds of folks who came by and enjoyed viewing some of the coins from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Even better, a large percentage of folks who looked at coins in our cases returned to purchase them.

Now if you heard through the grapevine that the show was fantastic, you might have been just a little misled. The show had wider aisles than in the past which made it seem to spread out for miles leading to less crowded walkways and less of a real buzz in the venue. Yes, the show was an "A" when it comes to wholesale trading among dealers. In fact, dealers were so actively pursuing coins that most of them avoided the concession stand (maybe that was because of the hot dogs though?). In truth, dealers were swarming around the floor both buying and selling. However, for the show to be an "A+", the collecting public must be involved. While the collectors that showed were certainly there to buy coins (and we were thrilled to see them!), the overall attendance was rather poor. The stats may seem to prove this statement wrong, but when using the eye test, it was clear that the public attendance was underwhelming. Now I'm sure the pandemic plays a large part in that, but I'll continue to say that the location of Rosemont played further into it. Unfortunately it's not a location for families or developing collectors. The restaurants, hotels, and shopping mall are nice, but it's just not a destination.

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Some of the headline coins hammered to a mystery buyer represented by Ian Russell of GreatCollections. From the press release. -Editor

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1804 Class I Original Draped Bust Dollar

Three of the world's most valuable rare coins were acquired within a 24-hour time span, in two different auction locations, by Ian Russell, president of GreatCollections Coin Auctions ( of Irvine, California. The three numismatic treasures were purchased for a combined total of $21.5 million on behalf of collectors, and now two of those coins may be exhibited alongside the fabled 1933 Double Eagle, also acquired by a GreatCollections client for a record-smashing $18.9 million earlier this year.

I was able to bid in person on the 1794 and 1804 dollars and an 1861 Paquet Double Eagle, along with several other important coins at two different auctions for a combined total of $24 million in winning bids. That's even after my original flight from California to Texas was canceled. It is extremely fulfilling to help collectors with their passion, as it's my passion as well, explained Russell.

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1946–2021: CELEBRATING 75 YEARS of the RED BOOK. The 75th edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins will release next week, April 7, 2021. Preorder now to reserve your copy—online at , or call 1-800-546-2995.


E-Sylum supporter Harry Laibstain had these post-show observations in an August 26, 2021 email to clients. -Editor

HLRC table 2021 ANA WFOM Because of the pandemic our personal and business experience has changed profoundly. While the coin business prospered during Covid, there have been many new experiences. The auction companies, like the grading companies, have decided it's cheaper and more efficient to keep staff at home. As long as anyone can recall, auctions were conducted during the show starting either Tuesday or Wednesday. This always presented a crush of responsibility just as you're getting into the groove of the show. If you had lots to view and bids to figure in the early sessions, you were likely stressed out. Trying to rush this activity leads to mistakes which leads to more stress. This year I didn't even try to accomplish my auction assignments until Friday morning. Frankly, it was glorious not to need to get that done while managing the show. When I did arrive at viewing the boxes were available and my lot shower was focused on me and only me. The experience was a welcome relief and another reason the show was so successful.

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Princeton's FLAME database project has passed a new milestone and rolled out a new circulation module to track coin movement. Here's the press release. -Editor

bronze fals of 'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan In July 2021, the Framing the Late Antique and Early Medieval Economy (FLAME) project passed the major milestone of digitizing, storing, and visualizing the production and movement of more than 700,000 coins across Western Afro-Eurasia.

FLAME is a Princeton University-based project that supplies hard data about the early medieval economy over about 400 years (from 325 to 750 CE). It is head-quartered in Princeton University Library's Special Collections, where it is run by FLAME Chair and Princeton's Curator of Numismatics Alan Stahl and Database Coordinator Mark Pyzyk. Recently, FLAME launched its second major web application—the Circulation Module—designed to track coin movement across a region stretching from Portugal to India. The application stores information on hundreds of thousands of coins, including where they were minted, as well as where they traveled.

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Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology, about the disappearing use of hands-on work in creating coins. -Editor

Fingerprint Technology. Hand work in which cutting, carving, shaping is all accomplished by hand in contrast to mechanical (or computer) controlled manufacture. The handwork can be considered the hand crafting, and the leaving of fingerprints on the item, hence the term. For most of the history of coin and medal manufacture it was accomplished by handworking patterns, dies, tools and presses. Even when the die-engraving pantograph came into widespread use (with mechanically controlled milling of the design) there was still handwork required to put these dies into production.

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WALDO NEWCOMER (1867-1934)

American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this vignette of super-collector Waldo Newcomer. Thanks! -Editor

Waldo Newcomer Newcomer, Waldo (Charles) Collector (b. 9/14/1867 d. 6/29/1934)

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was in poor health as a child and was home schooled. Graduated with A.B. from Johns Hopkins in 1889. Married Margaret Vanderpoel October 7, 1897. They had three children. Employed as a clerk with Baltimore Storage & Lighterage, later Atlantic Transport and became secretary of the company in 1894. He resigned in 1901 to join the Safe Deposit & Trust Co., later treasurer of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

Newcomer was president of the National Exchange Bank 1906 to 1924. In 1924 became chairman of the board of Atlantic Exchange Bank & Trust Co. and later Baltimore Trust Co. CEO of Baltimore Trust Company March 1929 to January 1933. He was vice president of the Atlantic Coast Line Co and Northern Central Railroad and served on the board of many corporations and institutions.

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The latest article in Harvey Stack's blog series begins a look at 1988, a key year of transition of the hobby in the United States. -Editor

Harvey Stack Numismatic Family 1987

Looking forward to 1988, we did not anticipate the changes that were before us, as several happenings took place a few months before the New Year, and other events occurred after the year started.

The numismatic market had its ups and downs starting in late October right into the new year 1988, yet the drop in value related more to the modern issues which depended on the values of precious metals. Interest also decreased in the newer U.S. Mint products, as well as items from many newer series.

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Here's the results press release for the Stephen Album Rare Coins Internet Auction 11. Nice mix of world material, bringing great prices. -Editor

Stephen Album Rare Coins held its Internet Auction 11 on August 16, 2021 at its offices in Santa Rosa, CA. The auction vastly exceeded all expectations, with a total hammer price of $120,588 (including buyer's fees) on a middle estimate of $43,500 for 500 lots of PCGS-certified coins, and a sell-through rate of just under 97%. A number of price records were broken (based on auction records of coins in the same certified grade), further attesting to the strength of the currently soaring coin market.

Many items went for multiples of their estimates, including the following (prices include buyer's fees):

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Circulated U.S. coins are seeing market attention as well. Here's a press release from Gerry Fortin Rare Coins about recent Liberty Seated Quarter sales. -Editor

Collector Grade Liberty Seated Quarters Shine in GFRC Online Auctions

While the post-ANA convention auctions featured any number of multi-million dollar rarities such as the Childs-Pogue 1804 dollar, which realized $7.68 million, or the Simpson 1794 dollar ($6.6 million), collector-grade material is also drawing exceptional interest among Liberty Seated set builders. Struck in widely varying quantities from 1836 to 1891, the Liberty Seated series presents a number of challenges to collectors building date and mintmark sets of these 19th century economic workhorses. The dime, quarter, and half dollar series are particularly extensive, with Guide Book sets consisting of over a hundred examples. Many of these are lower mintage issues that do not trade at significant premiums over type coin prices, making the Liberty Seated series especially attractive for fans of rarity.

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On September 19, 2021 Heritage will be auctioning a specialized collection of coins from the Central American Republic. Here's the press release. -Editor

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1825 Central American Republic Provisional 2 Reales

An Uncommon Opportunity For the CAR Enthusiast

The Central American Republic was a federation of countries--Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica--that issued coins together and existed from 1821 until 1841, after which its states declared independence. These pieces offer one of the most iconic and popular World and Ancient Coin designs: an anthropomorphic sun with a face, rising over the mountains on one side and the Ceiba Tree on the reverse.

It is rare to have more than a handful of Central American Republic coins in the same auction. A lovely group of more than 100 of these coins together is virtually unheard of! Heritage will be offering the fascinating CAR Collection of Central American Republic coinage as a special monthly auction, Sale 61230. These coins were put together with care by a collector who loved studying these pieces by die variety. He assembled many of the different dates, mints, and denominations in gold and silver.

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Allan Davisson wrote this overview of his firm's upcoming E-Auction. I selected some lot images for illustration. -Editor

E-Auction 41, closing Wednesday, September 29th 2021, is online now! Print copies will be sent today, if you are not on our mailing list and would like a copy please let us know.

Contretemps—an unusual word that I have never found a use for in opening notes for a coin/medal catalog, until now. Usually anything that merits minting metal is of some significance. The protests of some disgruntled theater fans over two centuries ago seems small stuff for medalists to mark. But no other word (except perhaps kerfuffle) could be more apt to describe theatre-goer unhappiness at ticket price increases after the restoration of the burned-to-the-ground Covent Theatre. You can see the medals that resulted (212-214, The Old Price Riots) at the end of this sale.

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Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

Charles I Shilling
Charles I Shilling

Charles I (1625-1649), Shilling, Bristol mint, Shilling, 1644, no mintmark, inner linear beaded circles both sides, armoured bust in lace collar, plumelet in front, mark of value behind, colon stops, legend surrounds CAROLVS DG MAG BR FR ET H REX (the BR as monogram). Rev, plume flanked by two plumelets, declaration in three lines, REL PROT LEG ANG LIB PAR, date in exergue Br below, outer legend reads EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMICI, 6.01g (S.3016a; N.2601; Brooker 997).

Deep grey cabinet tone, clear portrait with crisp detail to the armour, the hair showing some softness, clear fields, legends legible. Reverse, pleasant rendition of the declaration, date, plume and plumelets, and Bristol monogram all visible, partial legend reading. Bold fine, scarce, in real terms nearer rare.

From the stock of Baldwin's. -Editor

To read the complete item description, see:

Other topics this week include an 1886 Gold Sovereign, and prison tokens. -Editor

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Ed Hohertz writes:

"Would you like to discover this in an archeological dig? Nice display. Photos taken from the website of the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo, Egypt."

Cairo Museum of Islamic Art - Coin Hoard Display

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This Popular Science article details how detectorists and archaeologist in Scotland came to work together. It's a lengthy piece - see the complete article online. Here's an excerpt. -Editor

archaeological dig

Over the past 20 years, Treasure Trove has emerged in Europe as an example of collaboration between heritage authorities and the metal detecting community—two groups historically very much at odds. Responsible recreational searching, advocates argue, helps find objects and sites archaeologists don't have the budget or time to search for.

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China has issued new coins commemorating their recent Mars mission. -Editor

China's Mars Mission Coins

China is celebrating its first successful mission to orbit and land on Mars with a new set of gold and silver commemorative coins.

The People's Bank of China announced it will issue the limited edition Tianwen-1 coins on Monday (Aug 30), three months after China's first Mars rover, Zhurong, began exploring the Red Planet. The three coins will each depict a different aspect of the history-making mission.

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Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor

Revisiting 1974's Top Ten Ancients

Over on CoinWeek Mike Markowitz took a look at a 1974 list of "Top Ten" ancient coins and examined how they've fared over the years in reputation and price. See the complete article online. -Editor

Macedonia, Amphipolis Tetradrachm 1974-2021

The magazine Numismatic Scrapbook was published from 1935 to 1976 at Chicago by printer and collector Lee Hewitt (1911-1987). In 1974, Numismatic Scrapbook listed 10 record auction prices for ancient coins. CoinWeek asked me to revisit this list, exploring what equivalent coins might go for in today's super-hot ancient coin market.

Since every ancient coin is unique, comparisons are problematic (except in the case of the repeated sale of the very same coin). When comparing house prices, American realtors use the term comp to describe recently sold homes similar to the property you're trying to buy or sell in terms of location, size, condition, and features.

So I went hunting for comps. The results of my searches can be found below.

To read the complete article, see:
Top Ten Ancient Coins of 1974 Revisited (

Other topics this week include Civil War sutlers, Thomas jefferson and the Bank of the United States, and the Serbia-Croatia Tesla Tussle. -Editor

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In the aspiring-money-artist department is this story about a girl in England who cut up banknotes to place the Queen's face on her dolls. -Editor

dolls with banknote Queen faces

A mother in England was left in hysterics after discovering her child had cut up real banknotes of pound sterling so she could stick Queen Elizabeth's face onto her dolls. The mother, Victoria Ingham, had gone upstairs at her residence to check on her 4-year-old daughter only to find out that she was giving a makeover to her dolls by sticking Queen's face from the currency notes on them.

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This week's Featured Web Site is Dennis & John Schafluetzel's site on Onamastics, Genealogy, History & Numismatics. Topics include Tennessee obsolete banknote and railroad scrip. Found via News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors (Volume VII, Number 7, August 3, 2021).

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