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This week we open with Syd Martin library selections, six new books, two periodicals, an obituary, and a new numismatic exhibit at the Smithsonian.
Other topics this week include Barnaby Faull, Noonans, the NNP Symposium, the Civil War Showcase, notes from readers, auction reviews, coins of medieval Serbia, and the first coins struck from California gold.
To learn more about the Peter Gschwend collection, Half Cents, Indian Peace Medals, the coins of Nepal, Swedish Plate Money, the Hansen collection, Woman's Relief Corps medals, impressed errors, the Anguilla Liberty Dollar, the Congress of the C. S. A. medal, Royal Maundy coins, and Sotheby's, read on. Have a great week, everyone!
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Here are some more selections from the numismatic library of researcher and author Syd Martin, being sold by Kolbe & Fanning at the end of the month. -Editor
On April 30, 2022, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be selling the outstanding library formed by Sydney F. Martin. The Martin Library is one of the finest formed on the subject of early American coinage, and includes many titles on related areas of European numismatics as well. We are honored to have been asked to sell the library at auction, having worked closely with Syd as he built it.
Some highlights of the sale include:
Since our last article author Ed Fuhrman has published two more volumes in his series on U.S. half cents. -Editor
Vol 2: The Half Cent Handbook - Classic Head and Braided Hair Varieties
Vol 3: The Half Cent Handbook - Liberty Cap Varieties 1793-1797
A new book on Indian Peace Medals has been published. -Editor
Indian Peace Medals and Other Medals at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, DMNS Annals Journal, No. 9, March 25, 2022, by Lawrence J. Lee and Stephen E. Nash.
This report from Kathmandu discusses a new book on the Malla era coins Of Nepal. -Editor
The newly-published book attempts to cover the medieval & the Malla history of about 900 years. A simple presentation of coins with various artifacts and its cultural, religious themes, scripts, yantras, years, dates etc are included in the book.
"I believe that this book will be especially useful and enlightening for all the readers interested in history as well as all the collectors of the Malla period coins," Shrestha said.
Recently published is
Money and Empire: coin influence and change from a world perspective.
Here's an excerpt from the announcement in the Chinese Money Matters blog published by Helen Wang, Curator of East Asian Money, The British Museum.
WANG Chunfa:Huobi yu wangchao: guoji shiyexia qianbi de yingxiang yu gaibian. Beijing shidai huawen shuju. ISBN 978-5699-3724-4. [WANG Chunfa (ed.-in-chief). Money and Empire: coin influence and change from a world perspective. Beijing: Beijing Shidai Huawen shuju, 2020. 325 pp. In Chinese]
This volume is the proceedings of the international conference held at the National Museum of China, 13-14 November 2019. It contains the 32 papers listed below (my translations are approximate) and foreword by the Director of the National Museum of China. A total of 42 papers were presented at the conference and are listed at the back of the book.
The Shanghai Museum has published a new book on silver in the history of Chinese currency. Here's an excerpt from the announcement in the Chinese Money Matters blog published by Helen Wang, Curator of East Asian Money, The British Museum. -Editor
Shanghai Museum (ed.), Yiyi qian nian: Zhongguo huobi shi zhong de baiyin. Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, 2019. ISBN ISBN 978-7-5479-1987-3. 187 pp.
Christopher Faulkner and Jacob Lipson are launching a new publication on Canadian numismatics. Excellent! Here's the announcement. -Editor
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Occasional Numismatic Papers, a new online publication devoted to original Canadian numismatic research. The idea behind these Papers is simply to create a fresh venue for interesting research on numismatic topics along with a forum for numismatic notes and queries. The first number will appear April 18, 2022. Articles include
Chasing Joseph Moreau and
The St. Amant Mystery and McLachlan's Hoard of Canadian Coppers.
The Papers are privately published by the editors and are not the publication of any numismatic association, organization, society, or club. There are no subscription fees or membership dues. The Papers are not supported financially by a third party.
Here are the contents of the latest issue of Numismatique Asiatique. -Editor
Numismatique, Russie et Ukraine
Numismatics, Russia and Ukraine
Rochester Numismatic Association past president Paul A. Kraemer has passed. -Editor
National Numismatic Collection Curator Dr. Ellen Feingold writes:
That is great news! Here are more details. -Editor
There's a lot more happening at Dix Noonan Webb. This announcement reports that banknote specialist Barnaby Faull is joining the firm. -Editor
International Coin and Banknote Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb are extremely pleased to announce that leading Banknote expert Barnaby Faull will be joining the Mayfair saleroom from Friday, April 1, 2022 as Senior Specialist.
Barnaby Faull said
I am delighted to be able to come out of what has proved to be a very short retirement to join the Banknote Department at Dix Noonan Webb, where I will be working alongside an already established team of experts, all of whom I have known for many years. I am very much looking forward to doing all that I can to accelerate the momentum that they have achieved and to reconnect with the many friends that I have made over the years in the banknote world.
A name change is in the works for Dix Noonan Webb. -Editor
From the end of April 2022, auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) will be shortening its name to NOONANS. The internationally renowned auctioneers who have specialised in Medals and Coins for many years, and since 2015, Banknotes and Jewellery as well will continue to be based at their Mayfair saleroom (16 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BQ).
Nimrod Dix, Deputy Chairman of Noonans said:
When I first founded the business back in 1990 the Internet was barely a thing, customers viewed their lots in person and on sale days the saleroom was packed with eager bidders. Now, more than thirty years later our audience is spread across the globe and many of our customers interact with us solely via online technology without ever attending a sale. As a result of this seismic shift in the way that much of our business is transacted there has never been a better time for us to strengthen our company's corporate branding.
Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided this report from the weekend's NNP Symposium. Thanks! I hope many of our readers were able to tune in and participate. -Editor
Newman Portal Symposium Holds 4th Event
The Newman Portal Symposium, launched in fall 2020 in response to the pandemic, and now held twice per year, recently presented its fourth such event, which took place April 8-10. Video from all Symposium sessions will be available in 2-3 weeks, with notice published on the NNP Symposium website.
Our feature presentation profiled the collector Dell Loy Hansen, who, in a few short years, has nearly duplicated Louis Eliasberg's goal of assembling a complete set of U.S. coins. This video, produced by Lianna Spurrier of Numismatic Marketing, includes footage of the Hansen vault in addition to comments from Hansen himself on the formation of this significant collection.
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 grading and marketing of old video games. -Editor
Long Beach Expo Helps You Find Out that Video Games Can Be Valuable!
Video games are one of the newest collectibles trading at the Long Beach Expo. Find out what makes a video game collectable and how to participate in this new market.
An excerpt of the video is available for viewing on the Coin Television YouTube Channel at:
In this press release from Whitman Publishing, author Ken Bressett discusses his new book and numismatics as a sub-discipline of archaeology. -Editor
Using Coins to Study the Context of Ancient History
To study coins and medals from more recent history, consider visiting the Civil War Money & Memorabilia Showcase™ at next month's PAN show near Pittsburgh. -Editor
The nationally chartered Auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) served Union Veterans, their Families and Caregivers for Generations….. At their National Museum in Springfield, IL, they are Curators of Civil War Currency, Medals and Memorabilia.
A Special Ten Minute Talk by Rebecca Rush, National Board member of the Women's Relief Corps (WRC), will be announced for Friday and Saturday at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) Coin Show May 19-21, 2022.
Remembering David Gotkin
Ed Cohen writes:
Great memories - thanks. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
DAVID R. GOTKIN (1944-2022) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n13a11.html)
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 3, 2022 : More on Dealer David Gotkin (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n14a08.html)
Other topics this week include Cowrie Shell Money, and When Numismatics Meets Art. -Editor
Wayne Pearson submitted these thoughts on a new design for the Kennedy half dollar. -Editor
Once upon a time the half dollar coin circulated as everyday commerce.
Not so much anymore.
Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. -Editor
Impressed Error. A striking error in which foreign matter is lodged on and impressed into the surface of a struck piece. The foreign matter comes between the die and the blank before striking; and after striking it is retained below the surface but later may or may not flake off or dislodge. Thus an unusual shaped depression on a struck surface may be evidence that some object had indeed lodged there during striking. As a collector's item it is far more interesting if the impressed object is still intact.
Numismagram's Jeremy Bostwick forwarded along these three medals from his recent April upload of new medals to his website. For all of these new items, please visit numismagram.com/inventory. -Editor
101921 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Hamburg America Line silver Award Medal. Engraved 1928 and presented to Max Meisner for 25 years of service (37mm, 20.16 g, 12h). By J. Lanca. Personifications of navigation (female and resting hand upon anchor) and commerce (male and holding caduceus over shoulder) standing to left and right of altar bearing both halves of the globe unified by ribbon reading MEIR FELD IST DER WELT (my field is the world) and set upon base reading IM ZEICHEN / DES VERKEHRS (dedicated to shipping); in background, two ships upon the sea / Cartouche with inscription "MAX MEISNER 1903–1928"; legend reading IN ANERKENNUNG / TREUER DIENSTE / HAMBURG– / AMERIKA– / LINIE in five lines; company logo and oak branch curling to left. Edge: HM. SILBER 990; loop attached at the top. Choice Mint State. Attractively toned, with some rose-gold highlights in the reverse field. $175.
The Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) was a transatlantic shipping enterprise that was based in Hamburg, Germany and routinely serviced ports in America, establishing a close connection between the two nations. It eventually became one of the world's largest shipping operations, and served the growing number of German immigrants in the United States. It ceased as an entity in its own right with its merger with North German Lloyd in 1970.
A busy design, but an interesting medal nonetheless. -Editor
To read the complete item description, see:
101921 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Hamburg America Line silver Award Medal. (https://www.numismagram.com/product-page/101921)
Here's the announcement for the Dix Noonan Webb April 12, 2022 sale. -Editor
Mayfair-based Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, who specialise in coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery will be holding an auction of British and World Coins, and Historical Medals on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 10am. The 770-lot sale will feature coins and medals dating from the first millennium BC to the present day and from as far afield as Thailand and Korea.
Here's the announcement for the April 11, 2022 Internet Auction 15 sale from Stephen Album Rare Coins. -Editor
Stephen Album Rare Coins will hold its Internet Auction 15 at its offices in Santa Rosa, California on April 11, 2022. Internet pre-bidding has begun and can be accessed through their website. The auction is made up of an even 600 lots from many categories, including 400 world lots, 173 of which are choice pieces from The Joe Sedillot Collection, over 100 Chinese coin lots, including many better varieties, and 60 lots of Indian coins, including many high-grade British India coins. Estimates range from $30 to $250. Sample lots from the sale follow:
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
Trajan AV Aureus. Rome, AD 111. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V DES VI, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right / S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Emperor standing to left, extending hand to two children, standing to right; ALIM ITAL in exergue. RIC II 230 corr. (also cuirassed); C. 16; BMCRE pg. 88, *; Woytek 376f (same dies); Calicó 985 corr. (same - same dies); Künker 168, lot 7735 (same dies). 7.19g, 19mm, 7h.
Very Fine; lustrous metal. Exceptionally Rare; seemingly one of just seven known specimens, only two other examples on CoinArchives and the first to come to auction since 2010.
From a private European collection.
A nice coin from the Roma Numismatics E-Sale 95. -Editor
To read the complete lot description, see:
Trajan AV Aureus. (https://www.romanumismatics.com/259-lot-985-trajan-av-aureus)
Other topics this week include the Stand Waite Congress of the CSA Medal, and an 'Optical Illusion' Morgan Dollar. -Editor
David Pickup passed along an article about a University of Warwick analysis of Roman coins. Thanks. -Editor
New scientific analysis of the composition of Roman denarii has brought fresh understanding to a financial crisis briefly mentioned by the Roman statesman and writer Marcus Tullius Cicero in his essay on moral leadership, De Officiis, and solved a longstanding historical debate.
Researchers at the University of Warwick and the University of Liverpool have analyzed coins of the period and revealed a debasement of the currency far greater than historians had thought, with coins that had been pure silver before 90BC cut with up to 10 percent copper five years later.
A recent Coinweek article by Mike Markowitz examines the coins of medieval Serbia. Here's an excerpt - be sure to see the complete article online for more. -Editor
THE SLAVS BEGAN migrating into southeastern Europe during the chaotic sixth century, interacting – sometimes as adversaries, sometimes as subjects or allies – with the Eastern Roman (
Byzantine) Empire. By the time of Prince Mutimir (ruled c. 850-891), many Serbs had converted to Orthodox Christianity. In 1219, under the leadership of Archbishop St. Sava, the Serbian Orthodox Church became independent from Constantinople.
Douglas Nyholm published a nice article in the Utah Numismatic Society Mint Master for April 2022 about the first three coins made from California gold. With permission, we're republishing it here. Thanks! -Editor
Unofficially the 1848 CAL Quarter Eagle gold coin was the first commemorative coin issued by the U.S. Mint. Obviously this coin came about due to the discovery of gold in California in 1848. On January 24, 1848 James Marshall, while working at Sutter's Mill on the American River spotted gold flakes in the streambed. From there the rest is history.
David Pickup passed along an article announcing that Queen Elizabeth II will not participate in this year's Royal Maundy service. First, some background. -Editor
Nick Graver alerted me to this numismatic photomacrograph artwork currently on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Thanks! First, an overview of the exhibit. -Editor
Featuring works by 35 contemporary artists, Working Thought examines the role art can play in considering and questioning the many ways economic disparity and labor have shaped American life past and present.
Working Thought showcases artwork across media and generations, highlighting connections between diverse artistic practices. In this exhibition, a combination of new commissions and loans are presented alongside works from the museum's collection, positioning the collection in a new light and within the context of the history of Pittsburgh as a center of industry.
Len Augsburger passed along this Chicago Tribune article about a lawsuit over a World Series championship ring offered in a Heritage sale. Thanks. -Editor
The manufacturer of the Chicago Cubs' 2016 World Series championship rings filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against an auction house and collector over a replica ring bearing Ben Zobrist's name that the lawsuit says was stolen.The manufacturing company, Jostens, said the duplicate ring is worth more than $75,000. Jostens is seeking monetary damages to be determined at trial.Jostens contends in the lawsuit Heritage Auctions has not returned the
stolen sample ring that was slated to be auctioned off last year and its collector
will not release his claim to the title to the stolen sample.
Dennis Tucker forwarded a Washington Post article that bibliophiles and all numismatists should appreciate. Thanks. -Editor
Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor
This Smithsonian article discusses new research into early trade networks in the Mediterranean. -Editor
Four 3,200-year-old lead ingots found in a shipwreck off the coast of Israel point to the existence of previously unknown Bronze Age trade links in the Mediterranean Sea, reports Judith Sudilovsky for the Jerusalem Post.
It was a bit of a detective story, study co-author Naama Yahalom-Mack, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, tells the Times of Israel's Amanda Borschel-Dan.
We started from the markings and went on to the metal itself to understand where it comes from. First of all what it is, then to see in isotopic analysis that the lead's ‘fingerprint' points us to Sardinia.
Divers discovered the ingots in a shipwreck near the ancient city (and modern town) of Caesarea in the late 1980s. How the metal made its way from Sardinia to Cyprus, which is located more than 1,550 miles away, is unclear. The ingots' existence
doesn't have to mean direct trade between the two countries, [but] it might, writes Ruth Schuster for Haaretz.
During the Bronze Age, Cyprus had access to a steady supply of copper. But it lacked lead and tin, both of which were needed to smelt bronze. The team's analysis suggests that the Cypriots traded copper for lead ore or smelted metal from Sardinia. Once in Cyprus, the lead was stamped with Cypro-Minoan markings—
rebranded, as co-author Assaf Yasur-Landau, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa, describes it to Haaretz—before being shipped further afield to Caesarea and other ports across the Levant.
To read the complete article, see:
Imported Lead Ingots Offer Evidence of Complex Bronze Age Trade Networks (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-metal-trade-extended-for-thousands-of-miles-across-the-mediterranean-180979642/)
Other topics this week include punch marked coins, and Sotheby's. -Editor