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This week we open with an NBS convention update, one new book, five obituaries, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, notes from readers, and more.
Other topics this week include test notes, color on coins, the Anthony Wayne Comitia Americana gold medal, models for the Standing Liberty Quarter, coin designs and the CCAC, the Coin School, bank bags, NFTs and coin designed Sandra Deiana.
To learn more about Donna Pope, Doris Dorscher Baum, Beate Rauch, Roman slave tags, the Blind Coin Collector, the Coin Harvey House, the Pattern Halfcrown by David Ramage, and the Trinity College Dublin gold medal, read on. Have a great week, everyone!
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The Numismatic Bibliomania Society table at this summer's American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money® will feature a special live bookbinding demonstration. Len Augsburger submitted this update. -Editor
Bookbinders Unite at the ANA Convention
Our bookbinding term of the week is
quarto. This refers to a sheet of paper folded twice, so as to create eight pages in a bound book. Note, the two top edges require trimming, after folding.
Quarto also refers to a book size of approximately 9.5 x 12. Traditional book sizes were based on a standard sheet size of 19 x 24. Folding twice led to the
quarto dimensions of 9.5 x 12, while a third fold in half created the
octavo or 9.5 x 6 format. Modern printing and binding technology support both larger construction sheets and perfect binding (using clean-cut sheets), so the traditional linkage between the number of folds and final book size is today less defined. Our bookbinding demo at the ANA will use
folio (single fold) format with an initial sheet size of 8.5 x 11.
Roland Rollins has published an updated edition of his book on banknote company promotional sheets and test notes. -Editor
The Catalog of Printers Promotional Sheets & Test Notes – 18th Edition was released June 2023. The eBook catalog covers all test, advertising, promotional, color samples, house notes, titled vignette sheets, stock samples, greeting cards, and calendars for firms involved in the production of bank notes.
The catalog is available on Adobe Acrobat pdf file - 120 MB! With 1,292 pages and 7,249 color images, the cost to print the book would be prohibitive. Since it is a pdf, I've added bookmarks for all 285 firms known to have issued test notes. Of course the search feature makes it easy to look up a note by theme or security feature, such as Lord Nelson or Pushkin theme or Spark or Motion security feature. There are 3,479 test notes attributed with 6,031 varieties.
U.S. Mint Director Donna Pope passed away last month. Here's an excerpt from her obituary. -Editor
Pope, originally from the Cleveland area, was the 33rd Director of the U.S. Mint, being appointed twice by Ronald Reagan, for whom she was an unwavering champion. Pope was instrumental in the renewal of the U.S. Commemorative Coins and the creation of the American Eagle Gold and Silver investment coins. Prior to moving to Washington D.C., Pope was a five-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives, rising to the position of Minority Whip, where she fought for law and order and criminal justice issues.
Besides being a diligent public servant, Pope was also a wife, mother, and grandmother, who had a fun loving and creative side. Disney World was one of her absolute favorite places! She loved to garden, ballroom dance, and elaborately decorate for most every holiday.
Dick Buckley was a collector and vest-pocket dealer that I got to know as a fellow member of clubs in the Pittsburgh area. His thick Boston accent was unmistakable. He'd come to Pittsburgh as an engineer at Westinghouse Corp. His interests included world coins and U.S. Colonials - he sold me several sets of Vlack photographic plates for my library at one point. Thanks to Ed Krivoniak for passing this along. -Editor
Richard F. "Dick" Buckley passed peacefully Saturday, June 10, 2023, with his family by his side. He was born Nov. 18, 1935, in Boston, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Wanda (Campbell) Buckley; and his children, Jayne Leather, Rachel (David) Buckley, Kristen Maureen Hanlin and Richard E. (Tracey) Buckley. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Jessica, Danielle, Jennifer, Ian, Seth, Daniel Lee, Kathleen, Vivian and Connor. He also has six great-grandchildren, with one more expected to arrive later in 2023.
Dick was a 30-year employee of Bechtel and Westinghouse as a start-up manager for nuclear power plants. His work took him all over the world and he lived in Korea, Japan, Spain, Brazil and the Philippines, to name a few. He was a proud member of Mensa, where he served as historian well into his later years in life. He was a passionate coin collector.
Dick was an avid sports fan. Growing up in Boston, he loved the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. However, after moving to Pittsburgh in 1980, he became a Steelers season ticket holder, and his sports loyalty changed to all teams Pittsburgh. He continued to attend Steelers games well into his 80s and developed strong friendships with other fans in his section. He was also a big Penguins and Penn State football fan. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.
Yosef Sa'ar passed along this notice from Facebook. Thank you. He was the author of a book on Argentine transportation tokens, Las Fichas Tranviarias Argentinas. -Editor
The Buenos Aires Numismatic Center expresses its deepest condolences on the death of its former president and friend MIGUEL MORUCCI and conveys its solidarity for this unfortunate loss to his family and friends.
Bob Steinberg writes:
Thank you. Thanks also to George Cuhaj for passing this along. Here's an excerpt from his obituary. -Editor
George Cuhaj submitted these thoughts on the passing of former American Numismatic Association Governor Greg Lyon. Thank you. -Editor
Greg Lyon grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY and attended Hunter College High School and later Washington University in St. Louis, where he would eventually reside with his partner Patrick Mooney.
I met him as a scout first, as our respective troops were in the same district and we attended camporees together. He was a staff member in the nature lodge in 1987 in Camp Aquehonga, Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Greater New York Council.
I gained a numismatic friendship with him when he started to attend the YN programs offered at most of the NYC shows of the mid 1980s; eventually I would select him to be a youth staff member at the 1989 National Scout Jamboree Merit Badge Midway Coin Collecting display / information booth sponsored by the ANA.
The latest additions to the Newman Numismatic Portal are the books of Peter Jones. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided this report. -Editor
Peter Jones Contributes Eight Titles to Newman Portal
The works of author Peter D. Jones, MD are now available with full-view on Newman Portal, courtesy of the author. Peter casts a wide net, with subjects ranging from early American numismatics to French paper money and U.S. commemorative issues. Ken Bressett's remarks from the Foreword of Commemorative Coin Tales (2018) are equally applicable to all of Jones' works:
What you are about to see is one man's journey into the fascinating world of numismatics. His passion for the subject is obvious, and likely infectious. His intent in writing this account is to inspire and pass on to his family some of the reasons he has dedicated part of his busy life to the study and collecting of these very special coins.
Image: front cover of Peter Jones' First Medals of America (2020)
The David Lisot Video Library on the Newman Numismatic Portal can be found at:
We highlight one of his videos each week in The E-Sylum. Here's one from 2007 with Bob Campbell discussing color and toning on coins. -Editor
Last week Alan Weinberg inquired about the present whereabouts of the General Anthony Wayne Comitia Americana medal in gold. He recalled, "I attended that auction and remember then-Sotheby's employee Mike Hodder standing up front by the dais, his hands crossed in front of him." -Editor
Mike Hodder writes:
Hermon MacNeil researcher and author Jim Haas submitted these thoughts in response to last week's video of the 2007 talk by Ray Herz on the models for the Standing Liberty Quarter. -Editor
Since I don't even qualify for the Boy Scout rank of Tenderfoot when it comes to the various iterations and design variations of MacNeil's quarter, I have no quibble with the technical observations offered by Ray Herz in his 2016 video presentation, and I'll always defer to Roger Burdette on these matters. That being said, I offer here some additional information based on more than a decade's worth of MacNeil research that I believe will broaden E-sylum readers' knowledge as regards the famous Quarter.
Designing medals was not something unfamiliar to MacNeil as he was well-versed in the art. His uncle was Henry Mitchell, an acknowledged master engraver, medalist and friend to Saint-Gaudens. He had studied with Henri-Michel-Antoine-Chapu, another master medalist, in Paris and prior to 1916, had designed not only the 1901 Pan-American Medal of Award, but also the 1909 Architectural League of New York Medal. In 1912 he submitted two designs for the National Academy of Science Medal neither of which was selected. Simultaneous with the 1916 Quarter, he had also modeled the Conrad Poppenhusen Medal.
Indeed, and regrettably, his Indian
themed works were fewer, but they were never far from his heart returning to them in modeling the 1926 Hopi
Prayer for Rain medal. As for the American Bison appearing in both MacNeil's medal and James Earle Fraser's
Nickel, it is recorded that
Black Diamond, the American Bison, was Fraser's model. The animal was born in
the Central Park Zoo in 1893 and died there in 1915. In 1900, MacNeil was living on the upper west side of
Manhattan. The zoo being very near to where he lived, I'd wager a bet Black Diamond was his model as well.
1976 Gold Libertas Americana Restrikes
Regarding the 1976 Libertas Americana restrike medals, Julian Leidman writes:
Interesting. Does anyone know the whereabouts of any of these gold versions today? I found one online listing for a different gold restrike, and I'm using it here as a stand-in illustration. -Editor
To read the complete item description, see:
(1776) Medal Libertas Americana Gold 2000 Restrike 64g. Au, DCAM (Proof) (https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1776-medal-libertas-americana-gold-2000-restrike-64g-au-dcam/511938)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NNP: THE 1976 LIBERTAS AMERICANA RESTRIKE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v26/esylum_v26n27a13.html)
Other topics this week include dealer Beate Rauch, a mystery photo, and the 6th Annual Slab Collectors Meetup. -Editor
Wayne Pearson submitted these thoughts on new designs for U.S. circulating coinage. -Editor
According to PL 116-330 for the year 2027,
That means in 2027, our coin designs revert back to what they were, the same old tired designs we have been using for years.
The CCAC has a new member. Here's the announcement. -Editor
The United States Mint (Mint) announces the appointment of Dr. Christopher Capozzola to a four-year term on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) as the member Specially Qualified in American history. He replaces Dr. Dean Kotlowski, who has served on the CCAC since 2018.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Adeyemo appointed Dr. Capozzola on May 29, 2023, and he will be formally sworn in at the next public CCAC meeting.
Congratulations to Tom Babinszki on the tenth anniversary of his Blind Coin Collector blog! With permission, here's his complete anniversary post. -Editor
Originally, I started to discuss the possibilities of collecting coins without vision. This gave me a couple of years worth of content, but let's face it, there is only so much to write about the topic, and I have mostly exhausted it.
Just about when I started to run out of ideas, I got an assignment that required me to travel, so the opportunity presented itself for the next few years, I got to visit several coin museums and coin shows that I wrote about while I continued writing on blindness related issues.
Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. -Editor
Lettering on a diestruck item that identifies the country of origin. Coins do not require such identification since they usually bear the country's name or national emblem (and circulate within that country). However, medals and tokens which are struck in one country for use in another are sometimes required by the recipient country to identify where they were made. The term
made in must appear on every item with the country name. Made in America, or Made in U.S.A., or Made in France, or Made in England are some terms that have been observed on numismatic items to meet this legal requirement. Those made in Italy bear only the name
Last week E-Sylum Feature Writer and American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith asked readers about The Coin School. Julia Casey, Barbara Bailey, Rob Luton, B.J. Herbison all correctly identified it and provided links to information online. Steve Rye and George Cuhaj had good hunches. -Editor
The Coin School, Iowa
Steve Rye of Mesa, Az. (formerly from one of Iowa's small towns—there are 900 of them) writes:
Julia Casey writes:
Doug Nyholm edits The Mint Master for the Utah Numismatic Society. In the July 2023 issue he authored an article on "Unusual Bank Bags." With permission, we've republishing it here. Thank you. -Editor
The collecting of various bank and mint bags is popular with some collectors. Most commonly collected are the cloth or canvas bags issued to a banks depositors from the 1930's to the 1960's. Most modern banks now use vinyl or plastic bags of which few are collected. Other bags commonly collected are those canvas and cloth bags used by the U.S. mint to distribute large quantities of coins from cents to dollars and even pre 1933 gold coins. The latter are presently quite rare and often valuable.
In addition to the above mentioned bags there are several other categories most of which are scarce and which I have pictured here in this article. These include leather bags usually issued by individual banks of which the larger ones were very likely intended for heavier coins or gold with the small ones probably used as a coin purse. Leather bank bags are seldomly encountered.
Jeremy Bostwick at Numismagram passed along these four medals from his most recent addition of new material. This upload has a specific focus upon Americana themes in medallic art. For all of this upload's newest additions, please visit https://www.numismagram.com/inventory -Editor
102449 | UNITED STATES. Louisiana Purchase/St. Louis International Exposition silvered bronze "so-called" Dollar. Issued 1904 (40mm, 24.21 g, 12h). By the Holy Brothers. LOUISIANA PURCHASE / 1803, oval medallions of Thomas Jefferson, facing slightly left, and of Napoléon, facing left; between them, shield bearing stars and stripes, and surmounted by an eagle, with wings spread and head left, perched facing // WORLD'S FAIR ST LOUIS 1904, three allegorical figures (one male, two female) facing left among the clouds; the male figure trumpets and holds a torch, while one female clasps his shoulder and another, nude, holds an oval shield; at a distance to lower left, aerial view of the expo grounds. Edge: Plain. socalleddollar[.]com unlisted-66; Krueger 225, Hendershott 30-260. Choice About Uncirculated. A good deal of brilliance and original silvering remaining. A very rare and seldom encountered type, with the alluring Art Nouveau artistry that is typically seen from the Holy Frères (brothers), who are more commonly known numismatically for their Swiss shooting medals from the same time period. $545.
Billed as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, as it commemorated the 100th anniversary of the massive land transaction between the United States and France, the fair covered an enormous area, taking visitors nearly a week to explore its offerings.
To read the complete lot description, see:
102449 | UNITED STATES. St. Louis Expo silvered bronze "so-called" Dollar. (https://www.numismagram.com/product-page/102449)
Noonan's will offer the Sanders collection of British milled coinage later this month. Here's the announcement. -Editor
An important collection of early milled coins, with many dating from the reign of Elizabeth I, will offered by Noonans Mayfair on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. It was started by Peter Sanders in the 1940s and later added to by his son Robin. Robin passed away last year, and the collection is being sold by the family. Comprised of around 350 coins, the Sanders Collection is expected to fetch in the region of £500,000.
It is not known what prompted Peter Sanders to start collecting coins, but his father owned a chain of jewellery shops (James Walker Ltd) so perhaps he would have met coin dealers through the business. His initial focus was on the milled coinage of Elizabeth I, progressing on to Nicholas Briot's milled coinage of Charles I, the Civil War coinage of the York mint, and the Scottish coinage of Charles I. Peter Sanders bought extensively from the three main London dealers and from many of the important auctions of the 1950s.
In another Noonan's announcement, the London auction house will sell a rare gold aureus unearthed by a metal detectorist earlier this year. -Editor
It was on the 6th of January 2023 that Rob Turrell, and his friend Jono had planned a day's detecting on one of their regular pasture fields near Diss in Norfolk. Over the last two years they had found a mix of Celtic and early Roman artefacts and Rob sensed that something exciting was going to happen that day. He discovered a rare gold aureus which will be offered at Noonans Mayfair on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in a sale of Ancient Coins and Antiquities with an estimate of £4,000-5,000.
Bowers Series.It's a history-packed reference for both investors and collectors of the popular bullion series. Foreword by Q. David Bowers. 384 pages. Order your copy online at Whitman.com , or call 1-800-546-2995.
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
Trinity College Dublin Gold Medal
Gold medal, Trinity College Dublin, possibly 15ct, 31g.
An interesting education medal - I hadn't seen this piece before. -Editor
To read the complete lot description, see:
Gold medal, Trinity College Dublin, possibly 15ct, 31g. (https://www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/lot/
Other topics this week include the Parents Magazine Medal, and some British Banknote Literature. -Editor
An unusual coin of the siege of Newark is examined in an article in the July issue of British Coin News by my friend Larry Korchnak, author of Siege Coins of the World 1453-1902 . Here's an image of the coin and a couple introductory paragraphs. -Editor
The fact that silver service was used to strike Newark siege coins can be seen on some coins by the hallmarks and traces of designs from the original silver plate. Others were struck on planchets that were produced by melting the silver service into sheets and cutting the sheets into the desired shape and weight.
A short "Did you know?" Stack's Bowers blog article by Chris Bulfinch highlighted an interesting tidbit of numismatic history. -Editor
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the United States Mint struggled to produce coinage adequate to the demands of commerce in the new republic. Production of early coinage, particularly cents and half cents, was stymied by, among other factors, difficulty finding a consistent source of copper. One of the main suppliers in this period was Boulton, Watt & Company, an English firm that manufactured a wide range of metal goods over its more than century-long history.
A new exhibit featuring NFTs is on display at the Monnaie de Paris. -Editor
What do you get when you cross a 1,100-year-old coin mint with the future of digital art?
France's la Monnaie de Paris, the world's oldest active monetary institution—known for its centuries-old tradition of minting physical coins—has opened its doors to the very technology that seeks to disrupt its existence
Founded in 864 by the King of France with the mission to mint French coins, La Monnaie de Paris is now responsible for minting euros for France.
Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor
A Forbes article describes a silver dealer's scheme to defraud investors. -Editor
Hundreds of depositors who handed millions to a silver dealer in exchange for precious minted coins were told their vaults were actually empty following an investigation by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Two firms run by precious metals dealer Robert Higgins have been ordered to pay out $112.7 million to the victims of an alleged complex fraudulent scheme, and $33 million in a civil monetary penalty.
The investigation into Higgins and two connected companies began last year.
According to a statement from the CFTC, between 2014 and 2022 Higgins conducted a fraudulent silver leasing scheme via two companies: Argent Asset Group LLC (Argent) and First State Depository Company, LLC.
To read the complete article, see:
Silver coins, promised profits, and an empty vault: How a silver dealer's slow theft of investors' precious American Eagle coins ended in a $146m fine (https://fortune.com/2023/07/04/silver-dealer-robert-higgins-alleged-fraud-scheme-argent-first-state-american-eagle-coins/)
Other topics this week include the unique ‘One Ring' Card, another long-overdue library book, and the Clutter Image Rating.s -Editor
This week's Featured Web Site is the home of the Italian coin and medal designer Sandra Deiana.