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This was a busy week for me, and a LOT of potential content didn't make it into this issue. If you sent me something and don't see it here, stay tuned - I hope to catch up in the next week or two.
This week we open with more Syd Martin numismatic library selections, two new books, a great acquisition for the ANS library, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, and notes from E-Sylum readers.
Other topics this week include Polish banknotes, Bob Shalowitz, David Rittenhouse, War Bonds, dies for early U.S. coinage, more coin sculptures on buildings, the Mitchelson collection, Inaugural medals, auction previews, the Tuesday Club medal, Indian Peace medals, the John Fritz Medal, and North Korean vouchers.
To learn more about the Henry Miller collection, Australian coin values, Charles Bushnell, coin savings books for children, the Netherlands Paper Money Fair, Louis Golino and Dave Wnuck, Kurt Vonnegut's Beer Heritage, the Chase Architrave, the Bank of Danzig, the Great Americans medal, and the 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar, read on. Have a great week, everyone!
Editor, The E-Sylum
Here are some more highlights from the Syd Martin library, being sold by Kolbe & Fanning April 30, 2022. -Editor
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be selling the outstanding library formed by Sydney F. Martin on April 30, 2022. 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. The sale has been generating considerable interest and promises to be an exciting event.
Some highlights of the sale include:
The new 2022 edition of Renniks Australian Coin & Banknote guide is available for preorder. Here's information from the publisher's site. -Editor
This comprehensive guide to Australian Coin & Banknote Values contains over 3,850 images and countless thousands of valuations.
A must for all collectors, whether you are just beginning or an advanced collector.
Latest information compiled using weighted averages where possible to ensure the accuracy of pricing.
Quality reproduction of photos makes it easy to identify items. Covered are copper, silver, gold, nickel and allow coins and notes used in Australia from 1800 to present.
This Google-translated article by Wolfgang J. Mehlhausen from Geldscheine Online announces a new edition of a book on Polish paper money. -Editor
Catalog banknotów polskich iz Polska zwiazanych + polskie banknote 0 Euro 2022
The 17th edition of the catalog of Polish banknotes, which is usually revised and supplemented every two years, was published at the end of March 2022. Polish collectors are eagerly awaiting this, because experts estimate that the market prices for paper money have risen even more than those for coins. For banknotes in good condition, prices are already being achieved today that are 100% and far more than those paid around 2020.
An ANS Pocket Change article by librarian David Hill announces their acquisition of a very rare work by pioneering American numismatist Charles Bushnell. Great news! -Editor
Charles Ira Bushnell had one of the top two or three coin collections in the United States in the nineteenth century. He famously sparred with Augustus Sage, the teenage co-founder of the American Numismatic Society, in the pages of the New-York Dispatch, and Sage later put him on the first token in his Numismatic Gallery series. It was the sale of Bushnell's collection that supercharged the careers of the Chapman brothers of Philadelphia. And now it appears that Bushnell was at the center of what may have been the first numismatic society formed in the United States.
And yet, Bushnell remains a tough figure to pin down when it comes to the facts and details of his life. Apparently, this was even true in his own day. When he died, the editors of the American Journal of Numismatics had hoped to honor him, one of its first subscribers, with a lengthy writeup but were only able to scrape together a few sentences. Even today, with all of the modern research and genealogical records at our fingertips, it can be hard to extract the facts from over a century's worth of repeated errors concerning his life. A little time spent on FamilySearch seems to at least confirm that Bushnell was a New York lawyer and that he and his wife Abby (Little) had a son, Giles, who died in 1906 at 53, and a daughter, Annie, whose death at 17 in 1872, according to Édouard Frossard, caused Bushnell to abandon numismatics. He died 8 years later, aged 59, on September 17, 1880.
Large Cent specialist Bob Shalowitz has passed. Here's an excerpt from his online obituary. -Editor
Doc was born March 28, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland to Florence Guggenheimer and Danny "Sheelds" Shalowitz. He graduated from Northwestern High School in 1969. He attended college at The University of Maryland in College Park and went on to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, completing his medical residency in OB/GYN at the York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania. While in medical school, he met the love of his life and wife who he was married to for over 35 years, Maureen Anne Shalowitz.
Doctor Shalowitz was an OB/GYN for over 40 years and served the Akron, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia communities, among others. He loved working with students and residents and was a teacher and mentor for NEOUCOM and the West Virginia School of Medicine.
The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is about U.S. WWII Savings Bonds. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. Thanks. -Editor
The Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941 induced a patriotic fervor to support the government in any way possible. For ordinary citizens, one way to do this was to purchase war bonds. The Treasury Secretary Press Releases series, noted in last week's E-Sylum, contains several accounts of this activity. Nellie Tayloe Ross, Mint Director, issued a press release on April 22, 1942, noting that 97% of the Mint workforce was acquiring war bonds via the voluntary payroll deduction plan. The investment was substantial – at the San Francisco Mint employees committed more than one-tenth of their salaries. The Treasury Department suggested that all citizens do likewise.
On a related note, researcher and author David Lange submitted these notes about the "Young America Serves" book mentioned in the last issue. -Editor
I spotted the "Young America Serves" book in the latest issue. I have several of these, and they're not particularly rare. I was given one quite a few years ago by someone who believed that it qualified for my collection of coin collecting albums. It's a common mistake made by well meaning individuals, and I've found myself with a wide variety of not-quite-there items.
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 MIF Paper Money Fair Netherlands. -Editor
CDN Publishing Sponsors MIF Paper Money Fair Netherlands
David Lisot, Interviewer, CoinTelevision.com. April 1, 2022.
The Greysheet goes international reaching out to sponsor MIF Paper Money taking place April 23-24, 2022. Patrick Perez states he wants to get more in touch with the international paper money market.
An excerpt of the video is available for viewing on the Coin Television YouTube Channel at:
Julia Casey submitted this fascinating tidbit about dies for U.S. coinage aboard a French ship in 1782. Thanks! -Editor
Dies Meant to Strike the Morris's First Nova Constellatio Patterns Taken by the British in 1782?
I'm finalizing my article
Benjamin Dudley Maker of the Nova Constellatio Patterns, which will appear in the June issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN). In conducting research on the topic, I came across what I think could be new information from the fall of 1782 regarding the capture of the French frigate l'Aigle.
Robert Hoge alerted me to an announcement from the American Philosophical Society that they've recently digitized some papers of David Rittenhouse, the first Director of the U.S. Mint. Thanks! -Editor
The David Rittenhouse Papers are now digitized in their entirety and available to view in the APS's Digital Library. The collection contains around 30 objects ranging from correspondence, to receipts for taxes paid, to Rittenhouse memorial material from the early 20th century.
The David Rittenhouse papers cover from 1774 to 1932. The collection consists of 61 items and spans 0.25 linear feet. The items from the 20th century are memorial materials commemorating various members of the Rittenhouse, Abbot, and Sergeant families. A majority of the collection consists of correspondence, mainly between Rittenhouse and his family members, but also correspondence between Rittenhouse and various politicians and men of science. Also included are receipts, broadsides, and two genealogies: the Rittenhouse family's, and the family of Rittenhouse's son-in-law, Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant. The bulk of the collection was acquired in 1970, with one additional letter purchased in 2008.
Stock Photo of Maundy Coins
Regarding the photo of Maundy coins published last week, James O'Connell III writes:
Luckily, a couple images published this week do show the actual coins distributed at the ceremony - see the article elsewhere in this issue.
Our 'staff' is basically myself and our intrepid webmaster Bruce Perdue, who's always available to help and who sets up the issues for the web and presses the "Send" button every Sunday. Our essential unseen ingredient is John Nebel of Colorado who kindly provides server space and coding assistance. Thanks, everyone! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
PRINCE CHARLES PERFORMS MAUNDY CEREMONY (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n16a24.html)
Other topics this week include the Continental Dollar restrike die, Robert Bashlow, and Kurt Vonnegut's Beer Heritage. -Editor
Patrick McMahon passed along this follow-on piece on the topic of coin sculptures on bank buildings - this time in Boston and with a Massachusetts flavor. Thanks! -Editor
The images of the Philadelphia bank building in the past two issues of The E-Sylum reminded me of an old bank building here in Boston that I pass on my commute to work every day. It is the former Old Colony Trust building which is now the New England Center and Home for Veterans. It is located at 17 Court Street and it backs up to Government Center plaza across from City Hall. The address also happens to be the location where Ben Franklin apprenticed on the New England Courant and later where the Boston Gazette was published. The Massachusetts Chapter of the Sons of Revolution placed a plaque about it on the front of the building in 1913.
And here's a report on coin sculptures on the Chase Bank Building in New York from Douglas Ward. Thanks! -Editor
I think the Holy Grail of Bank Building Coin Sculptures was The Chase Architrave. It was built around 1928 as the entrance of the Chase Bank Building which housed the newly founded Museum of Moneys of the World. Chase National Bank had purchased Farran Zerbe's Money of the World educational exhibit which became the core of the new museum's collection. Mr. Zerbe was its resident numismatist and curator until 1939. Most of the museum's contents were donated to the Smithsonian in 1977.
Dave Hirt passed along these thoughts on an inventory of the Mitchelson collection. Thanks! -Editor
Sometimes I find an item in my library that makes me wonder where I got it from. Such is the case with this item. It is a 13 page list of the items in the Joseph C Mitchelson collection. It has an original cover letter from the Connecticut State Library, signed by the Assistant Director.
Here's the latest press release for next month's Civil War Money & Memorabilia Showcase at the PAN show near Pittsburgh. Hope to see some of you there! -Editor
The Civil War Money & Memorabilia Showcase is launched to honor the 160th
Anniversary of the Civil War including how money changed the war...and how
the Civil War changed our money, including lasting legacies we see today. The
Showcase will be hosted at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN)
Coin Show. The Showcase will include exhibits, talks, and
show and tell-type
presentations suitable for all ages. Topics and exhibits include minting, printing
and counterfeiting matters of the Civil War.
Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. I added images of the Roosevelt and Harding Inaugural medals. -Editor
Inaugural Medal. A medallic item issued on the occasion of a new administration, era or term. Inaugural medals are issued in the United States for inaugurations of presidents (infrequently for governors) and are an outgrowth of coronation medals issued for the coronation of newly crowned royalty. The issuing of such a medal is recognition of the installation of the new official; they imply a new beginning, and are an important part of the celebration. The United States event occurs on Inauguration Day (January 20th after a president election, it was March 4th prior to 1934).
Here's the press release with results of the Stephen Album Rare Coins recent Internet Auction 15. -Editor
Stephen Album Rare Coins held its Internet Auction 15 on April 11, 2022 at its offices in Santa Rosa, California. This auction surpassed all expectations, with total prices realized of $112,500 (including buyer's fees) on a middle estimate of $51,000. The auction comprised 600 lots of A-Z world, Chinese, and Indian coins and had a sell-through of 95.5%.
The success of the auction was helped greatly by many high-quality coins from the Joe Sedillot Collection. Many items went for multiples of their estimates.
Some highlights follow (prices exclude buyer's fees):
Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 389 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed prices. Selections include the following items. -Editor
1067642 | DANISH WEST INDIES. Christian IX. 1904-P GJ AV 10 Daler, 50 Francs. PCGS MS64PL (Prooflike). Copenhagen. Head left / Seated liberty figure divides denominations, date below. KM 73; Friedberg 1.
Superb prooflike surfaces; very rare in this quality.
To read the complete item description, see:
1067642 | DANISH WEST INDIES. Christian IX. 1904-P GJ AV 10 Daler, 50 Francs. (https://atlasnumismatics.com/1067642/)
Here's the press release for World Banknote Auctions upcoming Live Sale 25. Sone rare and beautiful notes here. -Editor
Recently World Banknote Auctions listed Live Sale 25 on its website, which closes in two different segments. The first segment, the traditional live sale, closes on May 5th, 2022, with live bidding that day at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific. The following day, on May 6th at 1 PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific an additional segment closes in a timed auction (no live bidding, although lots may be extended if a bid is received 10 minutes before closing). Live Sale 25 offers a total of 1043 lots from around the world, with highlights including a wide variety of items, from classic British Commonwealth to modern notes that are the finest in the PMG population report. Some highlights are selected below but the entire catalog can be viewed on the company's website, www.worldbanknoteauctions.com.
Here is the announcement for the May 4, 2022 sale by Archives International Auctions. -Editor
ARCHIVES INTERNATIONAL AUCTIONS OFFERS HISTORIC U.S., CHINESE & WORLD BANKNOTE COLLECTION ON MAY 4, 2022
The auction will be held by Archives International Auctions at their offices in River Edge, N.J.
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
This is one of a handful of very interesting commemorative issues struck by Constantine the Great. The type offered here is the other of the more affordable types and was made to reaffirm Rome as the centre of the empire in A.D. 330. They are made from bronze and show the Goddess of the city, ‘Roma', in a helmet and war gear on the obverse. The reverse shows the She-Wolf suckling the babies Romulus and Remus. This is to symbolise the origin story of the founding of Rome. But what makes these coins so interesting is how well they have survived! At this time bronze coins would circulate so heavily that it is very hard to find them in a good grade. We have a small collection of this commemorative from 1400 years ago in this exceptional About Extremely Fine grade.
From the website of Coincraft in London. Nice coin. -Editor
To read the complete item description, see:
Rome Commemorative AEF (https://coincraft.com/rome-commemorative-aef?utm_source=Subscribers+to+Coincraft.com)
Other topics this week include the 1851 San Francisco Standard Mint Pattern, 1922 Waterbury Shanghai Mint Trial Medal, and the 1903 Tunisia Gold 20 Francs. -Editor
In his latest CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series article, Mike Markowitz examines coins of the family of Constantine the Great. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online. -Editor
Constantinus I (
The Great) is a pivotal figure in Western history because of his role in the Christianization of the Roman Empire. Like so many historic rulers, however, his family relations were… troubled. Coins issued in the names of Constantine's relatives offer a vivid picture of the turbulent middle decades of the fourth century. These coins include some of the most common and affordable surviving ancients, as well as many spectacular rarities.
At last, an article picturing the 2022 Maundy coinage from the Royal Mint. Well, the images of the coins themselves are tiny, but here we do see the entire package, including a printed program for the ceremony. Great numismatic ephemera - does anyone have a collection of these? -Editor
Prince Charles has presented four Norfolk people with pouches full of specially-minted coins in recognition of their Christian community service.
Lyn Fairchild, 75 and from Cawston, Betty Hastings from Cromer, Eric Swann from Dereham and Alan Riches from Bradwell were among 96 men and 96 women from across the country who were invited to Windsor Castle to receive the Maundy Money.
As 96 is the Queen's age, each recipient was given two sets of coins - in one set the coins amounted to 96 pence.
In a Stack's Bowers blog article, Dave Bowers discusses one of my favorite rare-as-hell medals, the 1746 Annapolis Tuesday Club medal. -Editor
Recognized as a great rarity today is the membership medal of the Tuesday Club, a piece that revives the memory of life in the beautiful port city of Annapolis at the middle of the 18th century. On the Severn River near its entrance to the Chesapeake, the small village first settled in 1649 became the colonial capital in 1694. By the time the Tuesday Club formed in 1746, the city had become an economic hub of Maryland with a population surpassing 25,000. An 1886 essay by F.B. Mayer in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly recalls the era:
An ANS Pocket change blog article by Oliver Hoover examines the Indian Peace Medals at the ANS. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online. -Editor
The Dead Zone was a popular science fiction thriller written by Stephen King in 1979 that was made into a movie starring Christopher Walken in 1983. It tells the story of a man who discovers that he has the ability to see visions of the future when he touches objects that belong to another person. The Indian Peace Medal collection of the American Numismatic Society is kind of like that. When you work with these medals, look at them on a frequent basis, and have the opportunity to hold them in your hand, they never fail to call up visions of their original owners and of the specific pasts that they experienced.
While searching for other things I came across this medal in the collection of the American Numismatic Society. I've been aware of the John Fritz medal for a while, but still haven't seen one in person. Great medal! -Editor
The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been awarded the Great Americans medal. Here's an excerpt from a Smithsonian magazine article. -Editor
She was an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who, at least for the last decade of her life, did not need an introduction. The diminutive—5' 1—Ruth Bader Ginsburg was regaled with standing ovations wherever she went, often to her bewilderment. But she was much more than just the
Notorious RBG. The fullness of her achievements is being recognized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, which has posthumously given her its Great Americans Award.
North Korean "money vouchers" are something I hadn't heard of before. Found via News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors (Volume VII, Number 43, April 12, 2022) -Editor
North Korea's Central Bank has printed a 50,000 won (U.S. $8.30) money voucher worth 10 times its highest currency denomination, photo evidence obtained exclusively by RFA has revealed.
This article shows the 5,000 won denomination of the North Korean vouchers. Also found via News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors (Volume VII, Number 43, April 12, 2022) -Editor
According to recent reports from North Korea these "donpyo" or "tonypo" vouchers are being issued because the Central Bank lacks security paper and ink to print currency as a consequence of current sanctionns.
A Montana bar features a massive display of dollar coins. -Editor
You've probably seen the 50,000 Silver Dollar billboards on Interstate-90.
They're hard to miss.
The signs advertise what is certainly one of Montana's most extensive collections of silver dollars.
Located about 16-miles from the Idaho border, Lincoln's 50,000 Silver $, has long been a stop off for travelers, tourists and truckers.