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Wayne Homren 2017-03-15 full New subscribers this week include: Clifford Cooper. 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 two numismatic literature sales, five new books, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, and more.

Other topics this week include Hobo Nickels, circulating counterfeit coins, new thoughts on the Continental Dollar, announcements for the upcoming ANA convention, coin scales, Burt Hobson, Harvey Stack, Abe Kosoff, auction and fixed price highlights, pattern coins of South and Central America, plants on coins, and Canada's Army Bills.

To learn more about the first six volumes of The Numismatist, the Numismatic Pilot, national park quarters, Tom Uram, Joseph Reakirt, Joseph Wright, the Invisible Coinage of Verica, coin and medal lettering, the Ghent Imitation Noble, the Saviours of Liberty medal, and the the Birds of Canada bank note series, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

Wayne Homren
Editor, The E-Sylum

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Every year at the ANA convention, our sponsor NBS holds an auction of donated material to raise funds for the club. Bidding is open to all, and you needn't attend in person. Check out the catalog - there is some great material here, thanks to our generous donors. Pitch in as a generous bidder! -Editor

  2022 NBS Charity Auction lots

Each year at the ANA World's Fair of Money, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society conducts a charity auction to raise funds for the organization. All items sold are donated to the NBS by members and 100% of the proceeds go to the NBS treasury.

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Kolbe & Fanning are holding a Summer Americana sale of numismatic literature. Here's the announcement. Great material! -Editor

K-F 2022-08 sale catyalog cover Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are happy to announce that we will be holding a Summer Americana sale on Saturday, August 27, 2022. The sale features highlights from the Cardinal Collection Library of American numismatic auction catalogues, the Bourne Library of U.S. numismatic periodicals, and a number of other important American works on coins and related subjects. While the focus of the sale is on Americana, this includes American items featuring ancient and foreign coins, making for a sale that includes something for everybody.

Some highlights of the sale include:

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Robert Powers has published a new variety guide for U.S. Half Cents. Like his earlier books, it is available through David Kahn Rare Coins. The book is $95, plus $5 shipping (per order, not per book). -Editor

halfcent_display1 Proudly presented to you is the third volume of a new series of variety identification guides for Early American Copper coins. This volume follows Volumes One and Two (Early and Middle Date Large Cents), and covers all of the Cohen varieties for the entire Half Cent series, 1793-1857.

Inside, you will find a collection of the highest quality, full color, high resolution modern photos available anywhere, which will make attributing your Half Cents easier than ever before. Careful attention to detail was considered in the selection of these photos for only those which show the greatest of useful detail in helping with your attribution.

You will also find die state photos and information inside, whether the die state is important to making the coin easier to attribute or is important from a monetary value standpoint.

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Robert Powers also published a new variety guide for early U.S. Half Dollars, and it is available through David Kahn Rare Coins for $95 each, plus $5 shipping (per order, not per book). The images are large size and high resolution. -Editor

earlyhalf_display1 Proudly presented to you is the 4th Volume of a series of variety identification guides covering Early U.S. Coins. This volume follows Volumes 1 and 2 (Early and Middle Date Large Cents), Volume 3 (Half Cents), and covers all of the Overton varieties for the entire Flowing Hair series (1794-1795), as well as the Draped Bust series (1796-1807) of Early U.S. Half Dollars. This volume also precedes a guide for Capped Bust Halves.

The primary purpose of this guide is rapid variety identification – while other publications are excellent for inviting in depth home study, this guide is perfect for portability, heavy on-the-go usage, and quick attribution.

The author of this book has had a strong interest in Early U.S. coins for over 30 years. He set out to write this series of books because he has wanted to read them for many years, and finally gave up on waiting for someone else to write them.

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Winston Zack's 2019 book on circulating contemporary counterfeit coins covered copper and nickel coins. It was the first in a planned multi-part series. Here's the press release for the second volume, covering silver denominations from 3 to 25 cents. -Editor

Bad Metal vol2 Silver 3-25 cents book cover After more than 8 years of diligent research, study, and documentation, the second book in Winston Zack's award-winning, four-part Bad Metal book series of circulating contemporary counterfeit U.S. coins, Bad Metal Silver. 3cS to 25c, will be printed this Fall.

Bad Metal Silver. 3cS to 25c covers counterfeit silver denominations including three cent silvers (3cS), half-dimes, dimes, twenty cents, and quarters from the Bust, Seated, Barber, Renaissance, and Presidential series. This 250+ page, professionally photographed, full-color book documents more than 240 die-struck counterfeit coins along with dozens of cast counterfeits with most varieties having never been previously published. Counterfeit families of related varieties are carefully assembled with close-up pick-up-point images. And where larger families of similar looking varieties are concerned, a quick attribution guide was created in order to make identification of varieties easier and faster.

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The ANA has published a new book on the national park quarters. -Editor

Parks In Your Pockets book cover Parks in Your Pockets. Exploring America's Beautiful Quarter Dollar Series.

Fans of the United States Mint's 11-year program of America the Beautiful Quarters®, struck from 2010 to 2021, will be delighted by Arlyn G. Sieber's new book, Parks in Your Pockets, newly published by the American Numismatic Association. The lavishly illustrated, 120-page, softcover volume features 56 chapters based on his popular series of articles in The Numismatist and includes a foreword by former Numismatist Editor-in-Chief Barbara J. Gregory.

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The ANS has published a new book on the votive coinage from Gandharan Shrines. -Editor

In the Treasure Room of the Sakra King: Votive Coinage from Gandharan Shrines
Waleed Ziad(Author)

Treasure Room of the Sakra King book cover ISBN: 9780897223676
Published by: American Numismatic Society
Series: Numismatic Studies
Volume: 44
Year of Publication: 2022
H11 x W8.5

In a lush valley within the Sakra peak in Gandhara (northwestern Pakistan) is a vast limestone cave temple, part of an ancient Hindu sacred complex. For over 700 years, this cluster of shrines minted hundreds of varieties of their own votive coinage – a unique case in Central and South Asia. These were miniscule copper coins, issued for pilgrims, featuring eclectic and original combinations of Greco-Roman, Iranian, Indic, and Islamic iconography. This book examines the native Sakra copper coinage issued from circa 550 to 1100, corresponding to the Nezak, Turk Shahi, Hindu Shahi, and Ghaznavid dynasties. These coins provide a window into what may have been an ecclesiastical administration exercising varying degrees of autonomy throughout its lifetime. They practically blur boundaries between vernacular folk art and monetary instruments serving political or confessional agendas.

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NENA is sponsoring a numismatic book signing event this fall with several authors. John Ferreri passed along this announcement. -Editor

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Sponsored by the New England Numismatic Association.

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The latest additions to the Newman Numismatic Portal are from the Original Hobo Nickel Society. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. -Editor

Original Hobo Nickel Society Publications on Newman Portal

Elvis Presley carved by Aleksey Saburov A selection of publications from the Original Hobo Nickel Society are now available on Newman Portal, including issues of their newsletter (Bo Tales) and early auction catalogs of this specialty organization. The Original Hobo Nickel Society was founded in 1992 and encourages the research, collecting, and creation of hobo nickels, which are post-Mint carved Buffalo nickels. Newman Portal acknowledges Ralph Winter, Bo Tales editor, for his assistance with this title.

Image: Elvis Presley, carved on the obverse of a Buffalo nickel, created by Aleksey Saburov

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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 the May 2022 PAN Coin Show Banquet. -Editor

Tom Uram Hosts PAN Coin Show Banquet 2022.
VIDEO: 51:12

Tom Uram, President, Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists
David Lisot, Video Producer, Coin

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David Fanning of Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers writes:

"The timing of the recent questions about the planned deluxe edition of Karl Moulton's book on Henry Voigt is fortuitous. By coincidence, we had just been shipped a number of boxes of these undistributed volumes, and we will be ready to offer them in the near future.

"While I do not know the background on these in its entirety, I can say that the books exist in quarto format, and are a large-paper edition (that is, the text block is the same as in the octavo trade edition) bound in white or brown processed leather. They are gilt-stamped on the front cover and spine and come in a variety of colors of marbled endpapers. The Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation underwrote the production of these special editions, but the books remained undistributed for reasons unknown to me. Further information will be available soon. In the meantime, two copies of the book are included in our Sale 165 as lots 321 and 322:"

Thanks, that's great news. -Editor

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Julia Casey submitted these additional research notes on the 1785 Continental Dollar Sale in Nuremberg. Thank you! More pieces to the puzzle of the origin of the Continental Dollar coins/medals. -Editor

Michael von Seufferheld and the 1785 Continental Dollar Sale in Nuremberg

1785 German Continental Dollar offering The 1785 catalog for the von Seufferheld collection is the earliest documented sale of a Continental dollar. This sale has been used by proponents on both sides of the debate to support their theories about the origin and intent for the minting of the Continental dollar pieces. The traditional concept that the Continental dollar was issued as an American dollar is supported by the catalog description of the piece as munze i.e., a coin. As well, a Continental dollar first being offered for sale in Germany supports the more recent perception that these pieces were struck in Europe.

The owner of this collection is identified as Michael von Seufferheld by Joachim Rex in Beiträge zum Buch- und Bibliothekswesen (Contributions to Books and Libraries), Volume 44 (2002). Johann Michael von Seufferheld (1728-1784) was a banker and commercial court assessor in Nuremberg and received an Adelsbrief or nobility status in Vienna in 1771. While his full given name includes Johann, von Seufferheld was commonly listed in literature and records as Michael von Seufferheld.

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This announcement appeared in the August 2022 issue of the E-Gobrecht from the Liberty Seated Collectors Club. Great project! -Editor

Fellow Newsletter Editors for all Local Coin Clubs:

My experience with coin clubs from around the country has reinforced the view that club newsletters provide a cohesive element for club functioning.

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The upcoming American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money® will feature a full range of exhibits. Paul Hybert of the Chicago Coin Club submitted this report. Thanks - the exhibit area is one of my favorite parts of every convention. -Editor

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An online guide to the Collector Exhibit Area at the 2022 World's Fair of Money is available online at: .

The Collector Exhibits are no longer listed in the Show Guide. The above guide groups the exhibits by Exhibit Class, while the ANA website has one listing of all exhibits at .

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More on Collecting U.S. Treasury Checks
Norm Cochrane writes:

"Because of the article in the July 31st issue of The E-Sylum, I am confessing to not cashing a Treasurer of the U.S. check. The check No. 99,923,506 for $1.00 is dated 10/19/73 and directly below the date is CCDOLLAR. The $1.00 is the excess over the minimum bid price for an 1884 CC silver dollar which I still have. Therefore I have a silver and a paper Carson City dollar."

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Thank you! This is great numismatic ephemera. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 31, 2022 : Uncle Sam's Free Numismatic Collectibles (

Other topics this week include collector Joseph Reakirt, 1793 U.S. coin errors, and Indian Peace Medal recipients. -Editor

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Mike Costanzo submitted this note about U.S. Mint engraver Joseph Wright and other luminaries of Bordentown, New Jersey. Thanks! -Editor

Bordentown, NJ wright house Joseph Wright was considered the first chief engraver of the U.S. Mint by many, although he died before he was officially confirmed. Wright was born in Bordentown, New Jersey, which was located next to the small town of Groveville, where I grew up and started collecting as a youngster. A recent search for any Wright-associated landmarks in Bordentown turned up Wright's childhood home, which still stands. Surprisingly, Wright was not given top billing. This went to his mother, Patience, who was an accomplished sculptor as well as a "female spy". On a metal sign outside of the house, Joseph is noted only as a "noted painter." A small bronze plaque attached to the home, however, duly notes Wright as the "Designer of Original U.S. Coins."

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Malcolm Mathias of Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia writes:

"I am researching all the different versions of the McNally Fairbanks counterfeit coin detectors with the intention of eventually publishing a detailed article describing and cataloguing all the different versions for the collectors out there – both numismatists and scale collectors, and those that do both. I have reached a point where I need to reach out for other examples and other information from other collectors."

This is a great companion topic for the just-announced book by Winston Zack on counterfeits of U.S. coins. Scales like these were how merchants of the day identified the fakes that came into their shops. -Editor

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Bob Van Arsdell published a new article with a warning about using antiquarian books for numismatic studies. -Editor

  Verica stater

Bob writes:

"It took 250 years to identify the coins of an Ancient British king because an erroneous image from 1610 was copied over and over. The king's coinage could have been identified immediately, but repeated scholarly errors made it invisible to the public. It's gives us a warning that working from images, rather than the coins themselves, carries risks for numismatic researchers."

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Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. I added the medal image. -Editor

Lettering. The wording on coins and medals, often highly abbreviated. There are two kinds of lettering, those that follow the perimeter of the item – the legend – usually in an arc base line (called bowed), and all other lettering, the inscription. Lettering did not appear on the first coins of Lydia (in 640 bc), but appeared shortly thereafter, about 580 bc. It has been a necessary element of coin and medal design ever since.

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American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this article on author Burton Hobson. Thanks! -Editor

Burton Hobson Age 17 When Fred Reinfeld died at age 54 in 1964, Burt Hobson took over as the writer of books for numismatic novices.

Burt Hobson was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on April 16, 1933, the son of Burt (1909-1985) and Geneva Sornberger Hobson (1908-2003). His father was an electrical supplies salesman.

Hobson married Maxine C. Meyer on August 9, 1953. They had a daughter and two sons.

Hobson was an outstanding student in high school and won a partial scholarship to the University of Chicago at age 17. After completing his junior year at Rock Island High School in 1950, he was admitted as an early entry to the University of Chicago. He received a B. A. from the University of Chicago in 1953.

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Stack's Bowers has a backlog of the late Harvey Stack's numismatic memoir articles. In this one Harvey completes the year 1999. -Editor

  Harvey Stack Numismatic Family July 2022

The year 1999 was the final installment of his Numismatic Family story that Harvey G. Stack submitted before he passed away in January 2022. We at Stack's Bowers Galleries will miss him greatly, not just for his exuberant personality and welcoming presence, but we will also miss his many stories of the nearly three-quarters of a century he spent in the numismatic hobby.

Stack's auction season in 1999 would offer nine separate catalogs that brought to market United States and world coins, including some very important name collections.

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Last week, Stack's Bowers published a Dave Bowers blog article on Abe Kosoff. -Editor

  Abe Kosoff

Abraham Kosoff, born in New York City in 1912, gave his name in print as A. Kosoff, and was known to his friends as Abe Kosoff. In September 1929 in New York City he was hired as a clerk by A. Celender to trade in antique jewelry and old coins. Although he had planned to become an accountant, old coins proved to be remunerative, and in 1937 he went full time into professional numismatics, trading as the Numismatic Gallery. Helping him along was Julius Guttag, who during the previous decade had been a partner in Guttag Brothers, stockbrokers, exchange brokers, and rare coin dealers. The Guttags had fallen upon hard financial times, and much of the partnership's inventory was consigned piecemeal to Kosoff. In 1940 his business was conducted in the rear of Alfred Rich & Sons Antique Shop, 122 East 57th Street, New York City.

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Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 376 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed prices. Selections include the following items. -Editor

Mint State Siculo-Punic Tetradrachm

  Siculo-Punic Tetradrachm
1069941 | GREEK. SICILY. Siculo-Punic Coinage. Struck circa 300-289 BC. AR Tetradrachm. NGC MS (Mint State) Strike 5/5 Surface 4/5. Entella. 23mm. 17.24gm. Head of Heracles wearing lion's skin headress right / Horse head facing left, palm tree behind, Punic letters MHMHNT (People of the Camp) below. Jenkins, Punic, 289 (O92/R237). $29,500

To read the complete item description, see:

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Numismagram's Jeremy Bostwick forwarded these highlights from his most recent addition of medals to his site. In addition to the pieces below, there are some attractively toned French jetons, some medals pertaining to Japan and the Far East, and some high grade award medals from the St. Louis/Louisiana Purchase World's Fair. For all of the new items from this month, please visit -Editor

  1914 Belguim Sacred Heart of Jesus medal

102156 | BELGIUM. Sacred Heart of Jesus bronze Medal. Issued 1914 (64mm, 82.99 g, 12h). By J. Witterwulghe. SACRE COEUR DE JÉSUS PROTEGEZ LA BELGIQUE, Christ seated right on throne, warding off thunderbolt and blessing a female personification of Belgium kneeling left / POUR L'HUMANITÉ / POUR LA PATRIE, fallen Belgian soldier reclining right, reaching out to figure of Christ crucified upon the cross at a distance. Edge: Plain. Choice Mint State. Pleasing brown surfaces, with a light matte nature. $245.

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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

1782 Dresden Three Pfennig
1782 Dresden Three Pfennig

SAXONY: Friedrich August III, 1763-1806, AR 3 pfennig, Dresden, 1782-C, KM-965, Buck-149c, Kahnt-1136, a wonderful mint state example! PCGS graded MS64.

Something about this caught my eye, and I guess I'm not quite sure what it is. A crude-looking piece for the year. That third Roman numeral is out of line - was that a single-character punch? From the Stephen Album Rare Coins Internet Auction 17. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
124 SAXONY: Friedrich August III, 1763-1806, AR 3 pfennig, Dresden, 1782-C, PCGS MS64 (

Other topics this week include an 1851-D Gold Dollar, an 1819/8 Half Dollar, and a Daniel Morgan at Cowpens medal. -Editor

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A Stack's Bowers blog article by Jeremy Bostwick examines pattern coins of Central and South America from the Pat Johnson Collection. -Editor

As various emerging states in Central and South America began to break free from their colonial yokes and establish themselves as independent in the first half of the 18th century, a sense of pride and nationalism understandably went hand in hand. One of the best representatives of this fervor was the coinages struck by these nations. Exchanging the portraits of a faraway king (whose actual countenance may have been known only through a sketch), these fledgling nations instead chose more local motifs. Many of these designs took the form of coats-of-arms that drew upon iconography and symbolism key to each nation, reinforcing to the populace that their land was now free.

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A recent blog article by Baldwin's World Coin Expert Ema Sikic covers an interesting topic: the meaning of plants on world coins. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online. -Editor

Many spectacular world coins feature an array of plants, but why does this iconography hold such significance? Today we look at five coins and the meaning behind the plants that are depicted on them.


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Jhar leaf is one of the most recognizable symbols on Indian coins and it appears on gold, silver and copper coinage of various Princely States. Most notably, it is a symbol of the Princely State of Jaipur and Jaipur mint. It appears on coins of Jaipur with a bud on top is the symbol of the Jaipur mint, which was adopted by the state of Kishangarh as well.

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BIBLE LORE AND THE ETERNAL FLAME —Kenneth Bressett's latest book is a numismatic and archaeological trip through Biblical times, a roadmap of the Old and New Testaments that explores history through coins. Beautifully illustrated and entertainingly written by a master of the craft. Order your copy online at , or call 1-800-546-2995.


The Bank of Canada Museum published an article on the "Army Bills" printed to help fund the War of 1812. -Editor

  Canada Army Bill 1813 One Dollar

War requires funds for supplies, resources and soldiers' pay. Able-bodied men are taken from the workforce. It's a heavy burden for a country and adds stress to an economy. For British North America in early 1812, the coming war posed a challenge on all these fronts.

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Another Bank of Canada Museum article discusses technical aspects of the Birds of Canada bank note series. Here's an excerpt. -Editor

  Canada Bird Series 100 dollars

Birds have appeared on currency for two millennia. And today, a number of nations feature birds on every one of their bank notes. But type birds on bank notes into a search engine and what flies to the top? The Birds of Canada series of 1986.

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