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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!
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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
The NBS's The Asylum's Summer 2022 Issue
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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
As noted last week, NBS Treasurer Chuck Heck has published a great new book for Large Cent specialists. Here's the full announcement. -Editor
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.
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
A new book has been published on Siam Specimen Banknotes. Author Jan Olav Aamlid provided these details. -Editor
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.
Numismatic Society of Auckland Secretary Jim Duncan submitted this announcement of the death of numismatist Julian Brook on May 15. Thank you. -Editor
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.
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
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
2011 Memphis International Paper Money Convention
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.
The video is available for viewing on NNP at:
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
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:
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
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.
Howard Daniel passed along this Jerusalem Post article about a numismatic author in Thailand. Thanks! -Editor
Minneapolis Threshing Machine Columbian Exposition Medal
Dave Baldwin writes:
Thanks. The materials also included an image of the certificate accompanying the medal (not reproduced here). -Editor
Other topics this week include the Dead Man's Penny,s U.S. Lifesaving Medals, and the Republic of New Atlantis. -Editor
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
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.
American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this article on coin and medal designer Marcel Jovine. Thanks! -Editor
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
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.
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
Sovereign Rarities are very proud to present the second part of
The Collection of an English Doctor
to offer for sale through our website www.sovr.co.uk 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:
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
Heritage is offering a significant paper money collection in their upcoming June 12, 2022 sale. Here's a selection of highlights. -Editor
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
Some highlights include:
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
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. (https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-WUOSQ/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
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.
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
Richard Lobel of CoinCraft in London submitted these remembrances about the Paget Models. Thank you! -Editor
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
An endangered salamander pictured on a recent Mexican banknote has generated great interest. -Editor
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.
Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor
CoinWeek has a nice article by Tyler Rossi on the Aes Grave. -Editor
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 (https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-aes-grave-bronze-coin-during-the-roman-republic/)
Other topics this week include the Trinity College Dublin Library. -Editor
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