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Wayne Homren 2017-03-15 full New subscribers this week include: Dr. Harvey Richer, courtesy Darryl Atchison. 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 three new books and a new periodical issue, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal and the American Numismatic Society, and more.

Other topics this week include engraver William Wyon, the Nebraska Centennial medal, a Duluth coin hoard find, key tag medals, Jack Robinson, Don Taxay, numismatic museum exhibits, auction previews, Sir Edward Thomason's medals, Disney Dollars, zeros of shame, and Australian coin noodling.

To learn more about Chinese numismatics, Parthian coins and culture, the Smithsonian Discovery Cart, the Franklin Mint's Medallic History of the United States, the Bank Note cigar label, Copper Quotes by Robinson, The Great Trade, the silver Naseby Cup, Salvador Dali's Israel Peace medal, phrenology, and the the $103.5 million medal, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

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This week I learned about an upcoming book by Mark Jones about master engraver William Wyon. It's available for preorder on various websites, but I was unable to find anything yet on the site of the publisher SPINK. Here's the Overview from Barnes and Noble. -Editor

William Wyon book cover Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint and the leading medallist of his time, William Wyon RA (1795-1851) produced some of the best known and most widely distributed images ever made. His portraits of the young Queen Victoria on the coinage, used throughout the British empire, and the more regal head used for the first postage stamps, the penny red and two penny blue, were reproduced in their millions and distributed all around the globe. A highly regarded modeller in low relief, known and admired for the classical purity of his compositions and the accomplishment of their execution, Wyon was celebrated as a British artist who more than rivalled his continental competitors, favored by royalty and by many of the most prominent and influential figures of his time. The book aims to understand how and why Wyon's work was commissioned and how it was received, using institutional archives, contemporary correspondence, and reminiscence, and the popular press, to create a rounded picture of the life, work, networks, influence, and impact of an artist who was also an entrepreneur on his own account and a public servant at the heart of the establishment.

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A PENNY SAVED, Kenneth Bressett's memoir of R.S. Yeoman and His Remarkable Red Book, also tells the history of Whitman Publishing as well as his own unique life story in and out of numismatics. Enjoy more than 100 years of fascinating numismatic history in 352 richly illustrated pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, hardcover. Order your copy online at , or call 1-800-546-2995.


SPINK has published a new book on Chinese Numismatics by Helen Wang, François Thierry and Lyce Jankowski. -Editor

Chinese Numismatics book cover This is the first book to explore the history of the field of Chinese numismatics from both Eastern and Western perspectives. Consisting of four papers that complement each other beautifully, it gives a sound introduction to the study of Chinese numismatics, focusing on the 19th century and, crucially, how to think about Chinese money.

In Currencies of Ancient China from their Origins to the Late Empire, François Thierry notes how Europeans sometimes understood Chinese money and sometimes got it completely wrong. In Numismatic Friendship: Social Networks of Numismatists and Coin Collectors During the Late Qing Dynasty, Lyce Jankowski opens up the world of Chinese collectors of Chinese coins, their networks and motivations. In A Short History of Chinese Numismatics in Western Languages, Helen Wang surveys publications to 1900, giving information about the authors, their occupations, motivations and areas of interest; and in Chinese Money Matters, So Why Does It Have Such a Low Profile? she looks at the current situation, and offers routes into the field. In his Introduction, Joe Cribb reflects on his study of Chinese money and how it has informed his career in numismatics.

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An article in The Hindu announces a new book on coins of the Bahmani Sultans from the 14th to 16th centuries. -Editor

legacy of Bahmani Sultans through coins book cover The Gulbarga Bahmani Numismatics Research and Educational Trust recently published a book titled ‘A Legacy of Bahmani Sultans through coins' authored by Numismatist Mohammad Ismail in which he depicts the numismatic journey of Bahmani Sultans through his collections.

The book traces the journey of coins belonging to all the 18 Bahmani Sultans starting from Alauddin Hasan Bahman Shah (1347-58), till the last Sultan - Kalimullah Shah (1526-1538). Mr. Ismail has meticulously worked, richly illustrated, about each coin issued during Bahmani Sultans period.

Mr. Ismail has got a rare treasure of antique coinage, belonging to Bahmani Sultans from 14th Century to 16th Century. The numismatist has more than 2,500 coins in his collection of various rulers, dynasties and kingdoms. Among his treasury are also coins dating back to 1,600 years ago.

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Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society Editor Dr. Paula Turner submitted this information about the Summer 2022 issue. Thank you! -Editor


Journal Oriental Numismatic Society Summer 2022 A Letter from Your Secretary General
Pankaj Tandon

Note from Your New Editor
Paula Turner

Audumbara Coins with New Features and Disposition of Legends
Devendra Handa

A Hoard Parcel of Late Kushan Gold Dinars
Joe Cribb and K. K. Maheshwari

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Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger attended the opening of the National Numismatic Collection's newest exhibit and provided the following report. -Editor

National Numismatic Collection Engages Visitors

Really BIG Money exhibit Discovery Cart While attending the opening of the Really BIG Money exhibit at the Smithsonian on June 8, I could not help but take notice of the Discovery Cart parked nearby the entrance of the Value of Money exhibit in the National Museum of American History. Staffed by volunteers, the Discovery Cart challenges passers-by to sort genuine and fake numismatic objects, including coins and paper money.

The cart was constantly surrounded by a good number of visitors and the back-and-forth with the volunteer was lively. While there are any number of numismatic non-profits worthy of our support, the high level of numismatic engagement with the public in this case deserves mention.

Great idea. Please consider donating, and if you live in the area, consider becoming a volunteer. A worthy effort! -Editor

Link to donate to the National Numismatic Collection:

Link to the National Numismatic Collection online catalog:

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Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger also submitted this from NNP intern Kellen Hoard. -Editor

The Franklin Mint's Medallic History of the United States

NNP intern Kellen Hoard reports on the Franklin Mint's Medallic History of the United States medal series:

As I arrived home in Seattle on Thursday from the ANA Summer Seminar, I was greeted by fireworks being set off throughout my neighborhood—five days early—by those eager to celebrate Independence Day and show birds who is boss. This premature celebration occurs every year, and though some near me welcome it and some despise it, I take it as an opportunity to begin my reflection on the state of the nation a few days early. Amidst the celebration, I look to consider what I feel the values of the United States should be, whether we are collectively living up those values, and how I can play a better role in contributing to the country moving in the direction I believe it should.

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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 from last year's Summer FUN show. -Editor

Amazing Numismatic Walkabout at the FUN Summer Convention 2021.
July 8-10, 2021.
David Lisot, Interviewer,

SUMMER FUN 2021 In 2021 after being shut down by the coronavirus for more than a year and a half the Florida United Numismatists were able to hold a coin convention. David Lisot hosts and talks to bourse chairman, Cindy Wibker, as she describes what was involved putting on the show. He interviews Bernard von NotHaus about the story of the new Liberty Dollar and the book that explains the history of how and why it was created. He talks to John Miller of CONECA who shows error coins, Jack Alexander about 1795 coinage, Curtis White who helped recover the Atocha sunken treasure and more exciting coin stories.

David adds:

"If you have never been to a Florida United Numismatists Coin Convention this video will give you a taste of all of what you might expect to experience. The FUN Summer Convention is usually held in July and is about a third the size of the January show with just under 300 tables. Last year the 2021 convention had collectors and dealers coming out for the first time as the threat of COVID was diminishing. I talked to all kinds of numismatic folks and heard some great coin stories. Summer FUN is this week in Orlando July 7-9, 2022. If you want a great numismatic experience with lots of business, buying and selling, educational seminars and camaraderie you might want to attend a FUN Convention!"

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


Two new episodes of the American Numismatic Society podcast The Planchet have been released. -Editor

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Len Augsburger and the Newman Numismatic Portal
Season 3 of The Planchet podcast continues with a conversation with Len Augsburger, Executive Director of the Newman Numismatic Portal. In this episode, we talk about Len's numismatic trajectory, how he met Eric P. Newman, the origin story of the Newman Numismatic Portal, how to use the NNP, and what's coming next.

Total Time: 39 minutes

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One new staffer and two interns have begun working at the library of the American Numismatic Society in New York. These reports were published in the July 2022 issue of the ANS eNews. Great news! -Editor

Library Assistant and Cataloger Jared Goldfarb
Jared Goldfarb In June, Jared Goldfarb joined our staff as Library Assistant and Cataloger. Jared first came to the ANS in early 2019 as a volunteer, having been referred by one of his professors at Binghamton University, Dr. Nathanael Andrade, a graduate of the ANS's Summer Seminar. Jared majored in history and classical studies as an undergraduate and decided to attend library school after working here in the Library, completing his masters in May and at the same time finishing a separate masters in history. During his three years as a volunteer, Jared cataloged a full range of materials, including various specialized items, such as 18th century French pamphlets and small collections of archival materials, and so he was able to step seamlessly into his new position.

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We recently discussed a Nebraska state anniversary medal. Jan Monroe passed along this chapter on the subject from his upcoming book on state anniversary numismatics. Thanks! Jan notes that "This information was also developed by John Veach of Lincoln, Nebraska. He assisted me with my research." -Editor

The designer, David W. Seyler described the symbolism of the design as follows:

"The obverse side symbolizes Nebraska from east to west. The pioneer tree planter planting a cottonwood tree honors Arbor Day, which originated in Nebraska. On the branch of the tree is a Meadowlark, the state bird. Beneath the tree is native prairie grass, typical of the Nebraska plains. In the center right is the cabin at the Homestead National Monument, the first homestead cabin in the west. Towering above the cabin is the American Elm.On the left of the medal by the right foot of the tree planter is the Goldenrod, the state flower. Above the state flower on an open range is a herd of cattle. Here, too, the Platte River winds into the distant sandhills. On the horizon, beyond the sandhills is Chimney Rock, a famous western Nebraska landmark and now also a National Monument. The two monuments connect west with east. The arrowheads circling the medal honor the Indians part in our state's history.The reverse side features the state capitol building, standing alone before an endless sea of grass, prairie, sandhills, and bluffs stretching westward. In the sky are windswept clouds typical of the plains country. In the foreground is a quotation from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass selected as being most apropos of Nebraska's potential.The border radiates out like the points of a compass toward the many futures of the state inscribed on the outermost border. The ever-present life-giving Nebraska sun is featured on both sides of the medal. On the obverse it touches the golden throat of the Meadowlark, a symbol of beauty and song. On the reverse, it extends down into the chambers of the Legislature."

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Update on Medals and Exonumia of the Royal Canadian Mint

Last week author Alan Roy announced his new book on Royal Canadian Mint medals and exonumia. Here's an update. See the earlier article for Alan;s contact information. -Editor

Alan writes:

Medals of the Royal Canadian Mint 1 "I am participating in the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association's "Book Fair" at the Ottawa convention. I, or my wife Diane, will man a table to sell my new book, Medals and Exonumia of the Royal Canadian Mint, and field questions about it. The book fair will take place on July 22nd and 23rd during bourse hours. Howard Engel (of Richard Stockley Numismatic Books) will also have a few copies to sell.

"In other news, I have finally sent the text in for printing, and sorry to say, the printing cost is higher than originally quoted by the printer. Consequently, the selling price will be higher than I thought. I will be selling copies for $18.95 CAD. Sorry for any problems this may cause."

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Other topics this week include the Bank Note Cigar Label, 1938 Nickel Mint Bags and colorized paper money images. -Editor

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David Lange submitted this note on a couple numismatic photographs he recently purchased. Thanks! -Editor

  Boys Find Treasurer 6-27-37

The first is from Acme Newspictures, Inc. and is dated June 27, 1937. It shows two Duluth, Minnesota boys who uncovered a cache of USA gold coins. They are Donald Haglund, 11 (left) and Teddy Tedor, 7. They found a tin containing $1,050 face value comprised of half eagles, eagles and double eagles. The burial was estimated at around 1914, which evidently was the latest date found.

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Stack's Bowers Galleries is expanding. Here's the press release for their new Boston location, and their new ad this week highlights their recently-created Virginia Beach office. -Editor

Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to announce the upcoming opening of a new downtown rare coin gallery in historic Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 84 State Street in the heart of Boston's financial district, the gallery will be just steps from the city's two most iconic tourist attractions: historic Faneuil Hall and the irresistible Quincy Market. The showroom is just a 15 minute walk from Boston's South Station, granting convenient access to collectors across the entire northeast.  Renovations are under way and the firm hopes to open the 84 State Street storefront to the community in early fall 2022. With the opening of this new location, Stack's Bowers Galleries is thrilled to unite New England collectors with the country's most accomplished rare coin firm. 

Kevin Vinton Staffed by top numismatic professionals, as collectors have come to expect from Stack's Bowers Galleries, this office will be led by Kevin Vinton, one of the nation's top experts in United States coins. Kevin was born and raised in New England, developing an interest in numismatics at an early age. Upon graduating from Wheaton College (IL) in 2009, Kevin went to work for Sam Sloat Coins as numismatist and manager. In 2013, he founded Inde Et Lib, Numismatists, becoming a highly respected expert and market maker in U.S. colonials and early federal copper, handling countless rarities and bringing several important collections to market. Kevin is a life member of the American Numismatic Association, Early American Coppers, the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, and many other organizations.

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

Key Tag Medal. The utilization of a medal to put on a ring of keys; they are always looped or holed. Because of their intense wear, key tag medals are struck in hard alloys; nickel-silver and copper nickel are well suited for this purpose. A large volume of any medal manufacturer's production is concerned with key tag medals so popular are they. Often they are made as a reduction of a larger medal as one of the more utilitarian purposes of medallic art. Sometimes these bear a serial number stamped on the back; they are issued with a card bearing the same number. When mailed back to the issuer they form a registry to identify the owner; when the keys are lost they can be returned to the owner through this registry.

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JACK H. ROBINSON (1941-2021)

American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this article on Large Cent specialist Jack Robinson. Thanks! -Editor

Robinson Jack H.01 The July issue of The Numismatist notes the death of Jack Robinson. There was also a notice in Penny-Wise last year but his death was not noted in The E-Sylum. Here are a few of my comments and recollections.

His name may have been John Harold Robinson, born in San Diego on December 11, 1941. He was the son of a naval officer and moved frequently during his childhood. Jack graduated from Benjamin Franklin University with a B.C.S. degree and became a Certified Public Accountant. He applied his interest in computers to develop a successful business providing accounting software to clients around the world.

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Douglas Ward submitted this article about "The Great Trade" orchestrated with the Chase Manhattan Bank Museum by Lester Merkin and Don Taxay. Thanks! -Editor

  Enigmatic Numismystique: Don Taxay's The Great Trade

Pete Smith's biography of Donald Paul Taxay reminded me of an enigmatic connection and added some interesting knowledge. In his article he relates that Don Taxay was somewhat nomadic in his life and numismatic endeavors. But among his numerous acquaintances was a fellow musician and numismatist, Lester Merkin of New York City. They were likely introduced by John J. Ford or Walter Breen, with whom Taxay had worked at the New Netherlands Coin Company in the early 1960s. Ford and Taxay would author a number of articles on counterfeit coins for The Numismatist and Coin World. And in 1963 he would form an authentication company with Breen. Don Taxay and Lester Merkin likely became good friends with similar backgrounds and interests. Both had begun their careers as dealers at about the same time in the late 1950s.

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John Mellman and Arthur Shippee passed along this Yale News article about the new Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Numismatics that we discussed earlier. Thanks! -Editor

  Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery Numismatics

The Circus Maximus, the stadium where Romans gathered by the tens of thousands to watch chariot races and other spectacles, had lap counters shaped like dolphins. Those dolphins are visible on the sestertius of Trajan, an ancient coin celebrating the Emperor Trajan's restoration of the grand arena in A.D. 103.

One of the finest known examples of the sestertius is on view in the new Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Numismatics at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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Patrick Ian Perez published a Greysheet article about his recent visit to a numismatic exhibit in Amsterdam. With permission, we're republishing it here. Thanks! -Editor

Rijksmuseum Library Recently I found myself in the Netherlands in the wonderful city of Amsterdam. I had the opportunity to visit the Rijksmuseum, the national Dutch museum. It holds a very fine collection of paintings and other artifacts and, of course, the rooms with the very large Rembrandts, van de Veldes and the Vermeers get the most attention. The most intriguing room to me, however, was behind a set of very heavy glass doors with the words Silence imprinted upon them. The room was the museum library, and the entrance is actually a mezzanine overlooking four floors of bookshelves housing thousands of archival volumes. Down below I found a normal library workspace where one could peer at researchers toiling away. Visitors to this small and crowded space were forced to walk around a rather large display case in order to get a proper view of the library and the requisite photo op. Much to my delight, this display was full of coins and medals. So, while most everyone else was fixated on the dramatic library walls—and rightly so—I spent my time viewing the numismatic items.

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Here are some results from the recent Stephen Album Rare Coins Auction 43. More strong prices! -Editor

Stephen Album Auction 43 cover Stephen Album Rare Coins held its Auction 43 on May 12-15, 2022, at its offices in Santa Rosa, California. The price realized were once again strong, coming in at $2.46 million (including buyer's fees) with a sell-through rate of 93.8%. Many items went for multiples of their estimates, including some world-record results. The Joe Sedillot Collection of World Coins, Part II was instrumental in achieving these results. Additional items from that collection will be featured in the firm's Auction 44 in September.

A selection of highlights follows (prices include buyer's fees):

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The Canadian Numismatic Company is hosting the auction fo the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association convention. Here's the press release. -Editor

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The first and second Sessions are highlighted by three attractive coin, medal and banknote collections. The Little CollectionPart V of Canadian decimal coins, The Kennedy Collection of rare banknotes, the Arizona Collection of Canadian coins and banknotes. Also featuring in this auction; two elusive silver dollars; a 1947 $1 Pointed w/Dot ICCS Gem Mint State-65 and a 1946 $1 ICCS Superb Gem Mint State-66. An ultra rare 1905 50¢ ICCS Choice Mint State-63, a 1932 50¢ PCGS Superb Gem Mint State-66 with great eye appeal, a set of 1921 50¢ Plaster Cast Obverse & Reverse issues, both graded CCCS PF68. A beautiful 1901 50¢ PCGS Choice Mint State-63, a stunning 1899 9/9 Repunched 9 1¢ PCGS Superb Gem Mint State-66RD. An 1875H 25¢ PCGS Choice About Uncirculated-58, an 1875H 5¢ Small Date ICCS Very Choice Mint State-64, an 1875H 10¢ ICCS Very Choice Mint State-64.

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Here are some lots that caught my eye in the upcoming RCNA auction by the Canadian Numismatic Company. -Editor

Lot 2: Dominion of Canada Award Medal
Dominion of Canada Award Medal

Medal; Dominion of Canada Award Medal, ND (c. 1880s). 22kt Gold, 41mm, 57 gr by P. Tasset. Leroux 1460, McLaughlin 484. DOMINION OF CANADA above an allegoric female flying with wings, sounding a trumpet; engraved between the legend and winged female: PRESENTED BY / H.R.H. PRINCESS LOUISE; engraved below: TO / A. Sutherland / First Prize Boot Maker / Kingston.; Rx: Canadian Crest with Sprig of Maple Leaves and Beaver. VF-EF, hairlined surfaces. Very rare. This medal was first offered at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadephia in gold, silver and bronze by Canadian Commissioners for Canadian competitors only. Ex Max Brail Collection.

A beautiful and interesting medal. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:

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Here are a few items that caught my eye in Jeff Rock's Rosa Americana Colonial Coins fixed price list #23. To get your copy, contact Jeff at -Editor

Counterstamped St. Patrick's Farthing
Counterstamped St. Patrick's Farthing

2. Undated (ca. 1652-1674) St. Patrick Farthing. Martin 1b.6-Ca.10, W-11500. Low Rarity-7. Copper. Nothing Below King. Choice Very Fine, a well struck and pleasing example of this VERY RARE variety, rated a Low Rarity-7 in Syd Martin's book on the series. The obverse has been boldly counterstamped IC in individual letter punches, and thus may be traceable to a silversmith, pewter maker, or someone in a similar occupation.

The coin itself is quite nice, the legends full and bold on either side, the design details strong save for St. Patrick's face which is directly opposite the I of the countermark and was slightly weakened by it. There is a bold golden splash at the crown, and the planchet is a pleasing light tan, with surfaces that are mostly hard and very pleasing to the eye.

A very rare variety, we have only been able to locate three auction records, including this exact coin which was in Stack's Bowers November 2019 C4 auction. In that sale the cataloguer noted that

According to Sydney F. Martin in the excellent reference Saint Patrick Coinage (2018), counterstamps are rarely encountered on St. Patrick coinage, always on farthings, never on halfpennies. When encountered, these counterstamps are usually ‘crude initials struck from individual letter punches,' as here. This particular IC counterstamp is not pictured in the Martin reference, and it is also unlisted in the Brunk reference, so its meaning and purpose can only be surmised. An intriguing piece, and clearly worthy of additional study.

As colonial specialists know, there was very little that escaped Syd Martin's attention in the areas he was writing about, so to have an attractive example of an oddball piece that Syd did not know about certainly speaks volumes about its rarity. This is an example that should have been in Syd's collection – and should have been sold to him by Clem Schettino, but sadly both those gentlemen passed away prior to that occurring. We are offering it here on behalf of the Schettino family, and the coin comes in Clem's distinct handwritten envelope with his name and address stamp on the back flap. Really a pleasing piece, high grade, great color, a bold splasher, made even more intriguing by the extremely rare countermark – and all that for a fraction of the price these sold for just five years ago..........$650

For many years I collected U.S. Merchant Counterstamps by the undertype - assembling an interesting type coin collection. I didn't have many counterstamped colonials, and this would have made a fine addition to that group. -Editor

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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. Dick Grinolds, a real Yankee Doodle Dandy, starts us off with an item with a patriotic theme - just in time for the Fourth of July. -Editor

U.S. Centennial Seated Quarter Label Stud
U.S. Centennial Seated Quarter Label Stud front U.S. Centennial Seated Quarter Label Stud back

Dick writes:

"Here's a nice enameled U.S. Centennial Seated 25c lapel stud that just came in. I just put it up on eBay along with a group of interesting coin related pictorials featuring Nellis Tayloe Ross, Moritz Wormser, Howard Newcomb, etc."

Nice - thanks. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
3095 Enameled Engraved: CENTENNIAL 1876 (U.S. Flag). 1876 Seated 25c Lapel Stud (

Other topics this week include a Joseph Merriam seal, a Salvador Dali medal, and the Corn Exchange Bank. -Editor

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Three of the popular EID MAR coins (one in gold and two in silver) currently reside in the Chicago area. Here's a local NBC affiliate's interview with dealer Aaron Berk. -Editor

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Three of the rarest coins in the world are now in the city of Chicago, and the dealer that helped make it happen is describing just how historic the occasion is.

Rare coin dealer Aaron Berk helped acquire one of the coins for a collector and has two others, and all were issued in 44 BCE after the assassination of Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

The coins don't depict Caesar, but instead show a portrait of Brutus, who was one of the senators that stabbed Caesar to death. His visage occupies one side of the coin, while two daggers adorn the other side.

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David Pickup passed along this BBC articles about a coin find near Norwich. Thanks. -Editor

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A hoard of Roman gold coins hidden in the decades before the Roman invasion of Britain has been discovered.

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In a Stack's Bowers blog article, Dave Bowers wrote about a curious Abraham Lincoln token produced by George Lovett and the Scovill Manufacturing Company for collector William Leggett Bramhall. In it he quotes a passage published in the AJN 155 years ago today. -Editor

  The Curious Bramhall Lincoln Token

I have always enjoyed tokens and medals of all kinds and have collected, studied and written about many different types and varieties. One group that I find fascinating are the numismatic tokens and medalets issued from 1858 through 1860, during a craze for such pieces. While nearly all are scarce today and many are rare, many only cost in the hundreds of dollars, sometimes less.

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A great ANS Pocket Change blog article by John Thomassen examines the very interesting and unusual series of Sir Edward Thomason's scientific medals. Here's an excerpt, but be sure to read the complete article online for much more. -Editor

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Thomason cartography medal featuring the Eastern and Western Hemispheres

First, a little bit about Sir Edward Thomason. Born in 1769 in Birmingham, England, he was the son of a buckle- and button-maker. His father ran his own manufactory, but despite this (perhaps the elder Thomason knew his son would learn more under the tutelage of another) the younger Thomason was apprenticed at age 16 to the well-known Matthew Boulton at his Soho factory. In 1793, a 24-year-old Edward took over his father's business, and began producing gilt and plated buttons, before moving on to gold- and silver-plated cutlery and flatware, then jewelry and other ornaments.

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103.5 is not the classic rock radio station you remember from your youth. It's the astonishing dollar amount (in MILLIONS) paid for Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov's 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal. Here's the Heritage press release with more background information. -Editor

Dmitry Muratov's 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal On June 20, Heritage Auctions sold the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to independent Russian journalist and Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, for $103.5 million. That is the highest price, by far, ever paid for a Nobel medal – or a numismatic treasure of any kind.

The medal sold to an anonymous buyer during a live auction held at the Times Center in Manhattan and broadcast around the world. Proceeds raised from the auction will support UNICEF's humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine and affected regions. Heritage Auctions donated its efforts to bring worldwide attention to Muratov's desire to aid those impacted by the war.

Muratov announced on March 22 that he intended to auction his medal with all proceeds going to support humanitarian relief efforts for Ukrainian child refugees and their families. Muratov's announcement garnered the interest of every major auction house in the world. Within days, he elected to sell the medal through Heritage Auctions, whose efforts were led by Vice President Dustin Johnston.

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The Nobel Prize isn't the only medal originating in northern Europe. This week I came across this page on Stockholm University's medals. -Editor

Stockholm University's large gold medal
Stockholm University large gold medal Stockholm University's large gold medal and gold medal of the 8th size are awarded to people who have, in different ways, helped to further the work of the university.

The President has decided to award the 2020 large gold medal to Kerstin Calissendorff, former Chair of the University Board.

After ten years as a Justice of the Supreme Court, which followed a long-standing legal career, Kerstin Calissendorff chose in 2013 to take on the side assignment as chairman of the board of Stockholm University. She herself is an alumna of the University, where she graduated with a Master of Laws in 1981, and also worked for a time as an assistant professor at the Department of Law. She thus returned to a not unfamiliar business, albeit with a new perspective. Kerstin Calissendorff has shouldered the task with deep commitment and striking lack of prestige, but also with great sharpness and unfailing compass for the interface between the board's assignment and the academic.

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My wife and two of our children just returned Thursday from a long-awaited trip to Disney World, loaded down with souvenirs and great photos. In their latest sale, World Banknote Auctions is offering a great collection of Disney Dollars. See the earlier articles (linked below) for information on Ted Ryan's book on the series. -Editor

  2002 Disney Dollar Steamboat Willie
$1 2002 Disney Dollar - Steamboat Willie

World Banknote Auctions has now launched Live Sale 28 at The second session, on July 10, features an advanced collection of Disney Dollars, including some very high grade examples and scarcer types. While not technically world paper money, Disney Dollars are very collectable and remain legal tender in the Disney parks and stores. They are no longer being produced, giving collectors the opportunity to complete a collection, which is a surprisingly challenging task achieved by few. Disney Dollars have become more and more popular in recent years, no surprise given the continued popularity of the characters, many of whom appear on the notes.

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Students of hyperinflation know it's a regular occurence for governments to revalue their currency and legislate away the many embarrassing zeros at the end of their banknote denominations. This article describes how Sierra Leone slashed the "zeros of shame" from their notes. -Editor

  New Sierra Leone bills

Sierra Leone on Friday introduced a new family of banknotes, stripping three zeros off the leone, in a bid to restore confidence in the inflation-hit national currency.

The Bank of Sierra Leone announced the move last August, insisting the public's purchasing power would not be affected by the change.

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Western sanctions against Russa are delaying the rollout of a new 100 rouble banknote. -Editor

  Russian 100 Ruble note

Russia's new 100 rouble banknotes are impossible to withdraw from ATMs because the Western companies that programmed them have left the country.

The Rzhev Memorial to the Soviet Soldier, a memorial to one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War due to the high Soviet casualties, features on the new banknote.

One the other side of the 100-rouble banknote – worth approximately £1.50 – is a picture of the Kremlin, which regularly draws comparisons between World War Two and its war in Ukraine to fuel patriotism in the country.

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... and don't iron, staple them or place them near an open flame. Guidelines released by the Central Bank of the Philippines for handling their new polymer banknote have citizens in an uproar. -Editor

  Handling the P1,000 Polymer Banknote

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

Mint Director Gibson Honors CCAC Members

Coin World reported on honors received by two outgoing board members of the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee. -Editor

  Jeanne Stevens-Sollman and Ventris Gibson
Jeanne Stevens-Sollman and Ventris Gibson

Two-term members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee — Pennsylvania collector Thomas J. Uram and Pennsylvania medallic sculptor Jeanne Stevens-Sollman — were recognized for their service June 14 by Ventris C. Gibson, the day before the U.S. Senate confirmed Gibson to a five-year-term as the 40th director of the United States Mint.

Both Uram and Stevens-Sollman were CCAC appointees serving the interests of the general public.

To read the complete article, see:
Mint director Gibson honors two CCAC ex-members (

Other topics this week include the U.S. Coin Market, and the classic video games heist. -Editor

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In another sign of the vitality of the numismatic hobby, avid coin searchers ("new-age treasure hunters") are causing a fuss in Australia. -Editor

  Australia coin noodling video

Teenagers with time to sort through hundreds of gold coins are making a fortune with 'coin noodling', but not everyone is impressed by the money-making craze.

Loved by Generation Z, the craze involves depositing notes in a coin change machine, digging through the rolls of coins for rare ones and then giving the rejects back to the bank.

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