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Wayne Homren 2017-03-15 full New subscribers this week include: Jan Olav Aamlid. Welcome aboard!

Thank you for reading The E-Sylum. If you enjoy it, please send me the email addresses of friends you think may enjoy it as well and I'll send them a subscription. Contact me at anytime regarding your subscription, or questions, comments or suggestions about our content.

This week we open with updates from NBS and NLG, three new books, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, and more.

Other topics this week include 1794 Large Cents, Julian Brook, Henry R. Linderman, Marcel Jovine, The Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Numismatics, Hamilton's Report on the Establishment of the Mint, auction previews, helmets on ancient coins, the Paget models, and Prince William's hair.

To learn more about D.R.D. Edmunds, the NLG annual Awards competition, Abbasid coins, Siam Specimen Banknotes, Lewis M. Reagan, the Aes Grave, tiger tongue money, slug dies, the Dead Man's Penny, meadow muffin money and the numismatic author also known as Victorious Warrior [with] Majestic Power, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

Wayne Homren
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The Summer 2022 issue of The Asylum is on the way from our sponsor, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. Maria Fanning edits our print journal, and she submitted this report and President Tom Harrison's message. -Editor

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  • David R. Drury Edmunds: An Appreciation By Douglas Saville
  • Remembering D.R.D. Edmunds By George Kolbe
  • BiblioFiles: Anthony R. Gonzales, Sr.
  • Numismatic Literary Guild and Numismatic Bibliomania Society: Sister Organizations Devoted to Numismatic Literature By Wayne Homren
  • Archbishop Sharpe's Observations on the Coins of England By Dr. John Rainey, MBE
  • Walter Breen's Birthdate By David F. Fanning
  • ASSOCIATIONS: Autographs • Annotations • Inscriptions Charles Ira Bushnell's Flandin's Catalogue of Coins and Medals: Part II, The Pierre Flandin Sale, June 6, 1855 Second Part of Part II By Joel J. Orosz
  • The Coin Atlas Handbook: Somewhat Outdated but Still Useful and Fun By David Pickup
  • The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum By Darryl A. Atchison

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The Summer 2022 issie of The Asylum includes my new article about the differences between us (NBS) and our sister organization NLG. David Lange is coordinating NLG's annual Awards competition and he sends this reminder of the approaching submission deadline. -Editor

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As noted last week, NBS Treasurer Chuck Heck has published a great new book for Large Cent specialists. Here's the full announcement. -Editor

Heck 1974 Die States book cover Chuck Heck introduced his new book, DIE STATES of 1794 United States Large Cents, at the Early American Coppers convention held in St. Louis from May 12 – 15. The 9x12 black hardcover book contains 698 full color photos on 200 pages.

The Contents page shows the different approach taken in this book. Heck has a Must Read First section at the very beginning that provides the reader with the rules of the game. What follows is a look at how die states were treated by prior authors, a story of what the US mint was experiencing back in 1794, and a thorough examination of the different types of die states.

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Abbasid coins book cover Ed Hohertz writes:

"E-Sylum readers may find this online Abbasid coin identification publication of interest. It is well designed and handles complex issues with clarity."

Thank you. The 84-page book is in Spanish and English and is illustrated in color. Looks very useful. Here's the author's preface and some sample pages. -Editor

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A GUIDE BOOK OF QUARTER EAGLE GOLD COINS, the latest book by Q. David Bowers, will debut soon. Keep abreast of new Whitman Publishing books, folders, and albums online at at , or call 1-800-546-2995.


A new book has been published on Siam Specimen Banknotes. Author Jan Olav Aamlid provided these details. -Editor

Siam Banknotes book cover Siam Specimen Banknotes First Series
By Jan Olav Wilborn Aamlid

For many years I have worked on the book. I paid several visits to Thomas de la Rue at the De La Rue House in Basingstoke, Hampshire to go threw their archives. I met several times with the archivist Ray Marshall who for years have worked for de la Rue and got from him valuable information.

The collection of Specimen notes I have built up during the last 22 years. I have been collecting Thai Banknotes for about 40 years, but starting concentrating on Thai Specimen notes and artwork when de la Rue started selling from their archives. The banknotes are bought from Spinks auctions, other auction companies, directly from de la Rue and from private collectors.

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Numismatic Society of Auckland Secretary Jim Duncan submitted this announcement of the death of numismatist Julian Brook on May 15. Thank you. -Editor

Julian Brook One of New Zealand's most learned and active numismatists has finally been beaten by ill health. He was 86 years old.

Julian was a pharmacist but he had a number of passions beside work - the movies, debating, numismatics to name but three. He was a founding and Honorary Member of the Numismatic Society of Auckland and a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand. He was also a 50-year member of the ANA.

He produced over a number of years a series of essays on "The Man on the Coin" which were published in Mintmark, magazine of the N.S.A. When it was announced that NZ would go decimal he contacted tellers in banks and on the Auckland Harbour Bridge to watch for quality old-style coins as they worked. He then circled weekly to see what they had accumulated.

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The latest additions to the Newman Numismatic Portal are letters from American Numismatic Society archives. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report about one recently digitized letter. -Editor

  Extract of letter from M. H. Linderman to Archer M. Huntington

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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 Chinese Military Payment Certificates and coupons of the Sino-Vietnamese war of 1979 with researchers Roger Urce and Howard Daniel. -Editor

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Roger Urce and Howard Daniel

2011 Memphis International Paper Money Convention

IPMS11 Chinese These two renowned military currency researchers take you on an unforgettable foray into the notes from the brief and bloody conflict of the Third Indochina War. Their talk is profusely illustrated with maps of the region and examples of the notes. In this video and PowerPoint presentation you will see and learn: * Three wars fought in Indo-China beginning with the French in the 1950's * Why the Chinese were at odds with the Vietnamese and fought a war * Examples of recently discovered notes for food rations * Military payment script for Chinese soldiers

Speaker(s): Roger Urce & Howard Daniel.

David adds:

"In honor of Memorial Day and our American troops I have chosen a video by two veterans who fought in Viet Nam and have devoted their collector interest to bank notes and paper money of Indo China and that region. Roger Urce and Howard Daniel are two serious numismatic scholars and authors. They are also great guys to those who know them!"

The video is available for viewing on NNP at:

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Len Augsburger provided this announcement of the 2022 Newman Grants on May 25th, the birthday of the late Eric P. Newman. Some great projects outlined here. -Editor

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Announces Newman Grants

EPNNES logo The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES) today announces its third set of Newman Grants, created to financially assist numismatic authors and organizations pursuing original research in American numismatics. Newman Grants are awarded annually on the late Eric P. Newman's birthday and assist with direct costs of numismatic research such as travel, photography, and graphic arts services.

Six awards are being made this year, touching on varied aspects of numismatics including colonial and federal coinage, numismatic literature, medals, and numismatics of World War II. The 2022 Newman Grant awardees are:

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Sorry for the delay in publishing this announcement - I was awaiting images, and they were worth waiting for. The new Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Numismatics at Yale looks marvelous. -Editor

  Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery Numismatics 6

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This Los Angeles Times review of a new exhibit at the Getty includes coins and medals on loan from the American Numismatic Society. -Editor

What propaganda used to be is on glamorous display in an exquisitely crafted silver plate that anchors the final room of Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World, a new exhibition at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Made in Constantinople around A.D. 629-630, a period when the Eastern Roman power of Byzantium had surprisingly prevailed in a war against Persia's Sasanian Empire, the nearly 20-inch plate features an elaborate bas-relief that means to help cement the triumph. In three registers, it tells the story of David and Goliath.

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Howard Daniel passed along this Jerusalem Post article about a numismatic author in Thailand. Thanks! -Editor

  Ronald Cristal - money man of Siam

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Dave Baldwin writes:

"I sent the article about the insert die to a friend who has an interest in the Columbian Exposition Medals, specifically one awarded to the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. He sent back a company item about the delay in getting the medal. Thought the readers might find this interesting. And as a side note he would love to find that medal if it still exists, so if anyone has knowledge about this they can contact me."

Thanks. The materials also included an image of the certificate accompanying the medal (not reproduced here). -Editor

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  Minneapolis Threshing Machine Columbian Exposition Medal 2

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:

Other topics this week include the Dead Man's Penny,s U.S. Lifesaving Medals, and the Republic of New Atlantis. -Editor

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An article by Eric Brothers in the Spring 2022 issue of Financial History from the Museum of American Finance is titled "Forging the US Mint From the Words of Alexander Hamilton." Here's an excerpt. -Editor

  Hamilton Forging the US Mint

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Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. -Editor

Inverted Inscription. Lettering on a numismatic item whose horizontal alignment is such that it partly reads correctly one way, partly when rotated 180°. An example is a Prague Exposition Medal of 1891 whose reverse inscription is in Czech, and in German by inverted inscription; this design was created by Johann Bartholomaus Braun.

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MARCEL JOVINE (1921-2003)

American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this article on coin and medal designer Marcel Jovine. Thanks! -Editor

  Marcel Jovine

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Stack's Bowers has a backlog of the late Harvey Stack's numismatic memoir articles and will continue publishing them. In this one Harvey discusses hobby changes and auction sales of 1996. -Editor

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While Harvey Stack passed away in January of this year, we are pleased to continue to offer readers the articles he had already written, so that they can be read and enjoyed as he would have wished.?

1996 turned out to be similar to the few years before, with the numismatic hobby starting to lose many members. Many were confused by the eagle silver and gold precious metal "disks" being made by the Mint. They were commonly called "coins" but were they really coins? The face values ($1 for one ounce silver and $50 for one ounce gold) did not match the intrinsic value of the metal or the price that was charged for them. Not only did this cause some new and established collectors to leave the hobby, but it also diminished the budgets of those who did purchase these items. There was less money available to be spent on the more traditional numismatics that had been our business at Stack's for over 60 years. This loss of collector interest was also seen in a drop in membership in the American Numismatic Association and other coin organizations, as well as lower attendance at conventions and coin shows.

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Sovereign Rarities in London is offering a collection of early Anglo-Saxon coins at fixed prices. Here's the beginning of the press release for Part Two, passed along by Steve Hill. Thanks. More next week. -Editor

  The Collection of an English Doctor
Part Two
To be sold online by Sovereign Rarities at Fixed Prices from May/June 2022

Sovereign Rarities are very proud to present the second part of The Collection of an English Doctor to offer for sale through our website at fixed prices. Formed by a very discerning collector of many years standing, this English collection formed diligently over the last few years, aims to illustrate the history of the English silver Penny, with the criteria being to collect as many mints and moneyers as possible in the time that was allowed.

Continuing on chronologically from the recent part one, this intermediate part contains all the late Anglo-Saxon coins from Canute onwards as well as all the Norman Kings and some Baronial issues the total consisting of 107 coins.

It can be difficult to pick highlight pieces especially when there are so many in such a large grouping, but the rarest and most unusual pieces are clearly the most interesting, a top twenty as follows in reign and mint order:

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Here's the Foreword to the upcoming Noonan's Platinum Jubilee Auction of banknotes picturing Queen Elizabeth II throughout her long reign. -Editor

The Platinum Jubilee Auction

Platinum Jubillee sale logo Elizabeth the Second,
by the Grace of God, of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen,
Head of the Commonwealth,
Defender of the Faith

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Heritage is offering a significant paper money collection in their upcoming June 12, 2022 sale. Here's a selection of highlights. -Editor

  The LII Collection Currency Spans
Over Three Centuries in Unreserved Showcase Auction

An eclectic offering of rare currency and related financial documents will be presented June 12, 2022, in an unreserved, 285-lot, special online Showcase Sale by Heritage Auctions. The LII Collection's focus on artistic merit and historical significance enhances each piece's collectability. Spanning over three centuries, the Collection forms a narrative from the early 1574 Siege of Leiden paper coins to United States National Banknotes. American Obsolete Banknotes, representing multiple topics and locations collected across three decades, feature a number of notes never cataloged by Heritage. Many of the vignettes, with themes such as architecture, whaling, and polar exploration, are displayed on great rarities in excellent condition. Included is a significant selection of Gem Obsolete Banknote Proofs. Additionally, there are rare and historical certificates engraved by the banknote companies as well as a compact offering of American Colonial Currency.

Some highlights include:

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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

Apollo 11 Commemorative Moon Landing Medal.
Apollo 11 Commemorative Moon Landing Medal obverse Apollo 11 Commemorative Moon Landing Medal reverse

1969 Apollo 11 Commemorative Moon Landing Medal. By Medallic Art Company. Gold. Awarded to Edwin E. Aldrin. Mint State.

Though we are unaware of the specific ceremony in which this medal was awarded to Aldrin, there is no doubt this was a special presentation piece. The case references Aldrin, and the gold composition is clearly something special. Designed by Ralph J. Menconi, the Medallic Art Company manufactured these medals in sterling silver (limited to 10,000 pieces) and bronze (open edition) and both are easily obtainable on the secondary market today. We have never encountered one in gold, however, and have unable to locate any other examples though we strongly suspect identical examples were awarded to Armstrong and Collins.

Wow - great item! In the Stack's Bowers June 2022 Auction. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
1969 Apollo 11 Commemorative Moon Landing Medal. By Medallic Art Company. Gold. Awarded to Edwin E. Aldrin. Mint State. (

Other topics this week include a 1932 North of Scotland note. -Editor

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Steve Benner published an interesting article on CoinWeek about helmets on ancient Greek coins. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online. It's very educational to see images of actual helmets alongside coins picturing them. Thanks! -Editor

Figure 3 shows a Corinthian stater with Athena wearing a decorative Corinthian helmet on the reverse. Note that the helmet is pulled back on the head to allow the face to be seen. The engravers didn't want to cover up who was being depicted on the coin.

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In an article for CoinWeek, Louis Golino discusses a rare Mexican pattern coin that recently surfaced in the market. Here's an excerpt- see the complete article online for more. -Editor

  1947 Mexico Juarez facing left silver 50c pattern

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Richard Lobel of CoinCraft in London submitted these remembrances about the Paget Models. Thank you! -Editor

  Paget Model 25 New Pence Goldine Spink Auction 21171 Lot 9123
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For grins I'll occasionally click a headline with an odd take on a numismatic topic. Here's one titled "Fact Check: Do New US Quarters Have George Washington Turning His Back on 'In God We Trust?'" -Editor

George Washington Turning His Back Through all the major changes the quarter has gone through — first transitioning from being made of a 90% precious metal alloy to a comparatively worthless cupronickel-coated copper coin in 1965, then a replacement of the eagle on the reverse for a series of new designs including states, parks, and national landmarks — the image of Washington on the coin's obverse has remained virtually unchanged.

Now, the unforgettable design of our first president is being tossed out of the window for something entirely new in 2022, a revision that seemingly has the founding father turning his back on our national motto, In God We Trust.

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Coin design changes are afoot in Taiwan; this Taipei Times article discusses a new commission report calling for removing Chiang Kai-shek from coins and paper money. -Editor

  Chiang Kai-shek on Taiwan coins and banknotes

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The Royal Mint has announced a new coin for Prince William's 40th birthday. Here's an excerpt from an article in The Telegraph. -Editor

  Prince William coin photo

The Duke of Cambridge's 40th birthday will be celebrated with a £ 5 coin featuring his portrait, the Royal Mint has announced.

The UK's official coin producer has unveiled the coin ahead of Prince William's milestone birthday on June 21.

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I came across this medal this week, initially for the Numismatic Nuggets article. Looking for more information I found this page from The Edythe Griffinger Portal at the Leo Baeck Institute. It's a Charles Weiner medal from 1864. -Editor

  Lady and Sir Moses Montefiore Medal obverse Lady and Sir Moses Montefiore Medal reverse

Medal in honor of Sir Moses Montefiore and his wife, Lady Judith.

Recto: Profile portraits of Sir and (half covered) Lady Montefiore, surrounded by text: Judith Lady Montefiore. Sir Moses Montefiore BART. F.R.S. Signed Ch. Wiener 1864.

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An endangered salamander pictured on a recent Mexican banknote has generated great interest. -Editor

A 50-peso bank note featuring an axolotl, or Mexican salamander On Oct. 29, 2021, Banco de México, Mexico's central bank, issued a new 50-peso ($2.51) bill, the last in a series of redesigned bank notes intended to combat counterfeiting, facilitate people with visual impairments, and increase the note's longevity.

While the reverse of the old 50-peso bill featured the famed Morelia aqueduct and monarch butterflies, the new note depicts the axolotl in its natural habitat, among the chinampas and ahuejote trees, a willow species native to Mexico. The decision to feature an axolotl — which many people believe is an axolotl named Gorda, although Banco de México clarified that it used various images for reference — has shone a spotlight on decadeslong efforts to rehabilitate the species.

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

The Aes Grave

CoinWeek has a nice article by Tyler Rossi on the Aes Grave. -Editor

  The Aes Grave

It is said that when Greece was building grand temples of white marble, the Romans were living in mud huts. While this is a sweeping generalization, there is some truth behind it as is demonstrated by the Republic's earliest documented coinage, the Aes Rude or Rough Bronze. These proto-coins, used between the eighth century BCE and the late fourth century BCE, were basically rough ingots of cast bronze traded based on their base metal weight.

By the early fourth century BCE, as the Roman economy evolved and local metalworking technology became more sophisticated, the Aes Rude slowly transformed into the Aes Grave or Heavy Bronze. Like the Aes Rude series, the Aes Grave traded at the value of the metal. But unlike the rough bronze ingots, the Aes Grave can be considered true coinage that includes distinctive types as well as marks of value and approximating to a definite weight standard (Sydenham, 55). While the value of each Aes Grave was still based on weight, interestingly that weight fluctuated wildly. This was due to the fact that the Romans focused more on the total weight of metal and not on the individual coins. Since it was a fractional denomination system based on the roman pound, all the Roman mint was concerned with was casting the correct number of coins from each pound.

To read the complete article, see:
The Aes Grave Bronze Coin During the Roman Republic (

Other topics this week include the Trinity College Dublin Library. -Editor

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This week's Featured Web Page is suggested by Paul Horner, who writes:

"Here is a page that shows hundreds of civilian medals and awards of the US government. Scrolling down and clicking on the colored name usually results in a page that describes and shows the medal. There are 100s!"

Awards and Decorations of the US

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