George Cuhaj's Halloween Tokens
George Cuhaj of Iola, WI writes:
On and off I have made nickel sized pewter tokens for the Trick or Treat kids of Iola.
A common obverse is paired with a reverse legend side with a "helpful" popular saying and a date. Early examples were cast pewter in a mold made from sample pieces of the DuPont table
top product corian.
Later examples were made from dies cut by my Badger Mint partner Joe Paonessa. My initials GC are in the pumpkin's eyes. Usually 300 are made and distributed.
No token this year - I've been giving out sea shells, as they are skeletons.
For more information on the Badger Mint, see:
Thanks - neat tokens. Check out their Ike Dollar bottle opener. -Editor
Heads Impaled on Pikes
QVAM SIMVLATA PACE DECIPI (“how pretense of peace to deceive”), decapitated corpses of Egmont and Horn; above, heads impaled on pikes. Low Countries, Nederlands Opstand (Dutch Revolt –
Thanks to Ken Spindler for sending this creepy eBay lot. -Editor
To read the complete lot description, see:
Heads Impaled on Pikes - Low Countries, Nederlands - Struck 1579
Happy Halloween! Now enjoy these snippets from earlier E-Sylum articles on the topic. -Editor
The Beistle Company
U.S. collectors know M. L. Beistle as author of "The Register of Half Dollar Die Varieties and Sub-Varieties", but his "day job" was as founder of the Beistle
Company which produced paper novelties including many classic Halloween decorations. -Editor
The Beistle Company was founded in 1900 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Martin Luther Beistle. "M.L." began a company that grew to become one of today's largest American Halloween
M.L. gave birth to the company in the basement of his Pennsylvania home crafting decor for hotel lobbies with his wife and brother-in-law. In the beginning, Beistle lines consisted mainly of
artificial plants and wooden products. M.L. kept his job as a calendar salesman while the company "got off it's feet". It was not long before he was able to purchase the company for
whom he had worked.
The firm saw a brief setback during the financial collapse of 1907, and M.L. moved his company and family back to his home in south central Pennsylvania.
The company soon rallied however and moved quarters to a wagon shop owned by M.L.'s father-in-law. Beistle was able to move to yet another new headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
M.L. made a shrewd business move in 1910, when he brought the technology to produce honeycombed tissue to the United States. This technology had formerly only been available in Europe and the
Orient. He built and patented new machines for this process.
The new honeycombed tissue was a hit. Beistle rapidly expanded their production lines of paper decorations and the business thrived.
The Dance of Death
Without doubt one of the more macabre items we’ve handled on the Newman Numismatic Portal recently came through the scanning queue at the American Numismatic Society, which partners with the
Newman Portal on digitization. The American Art Association, a New York firm, in 1922 published the auction catalog A notable collection of coins and medals bearing emblems illustrative of “The Dance
of Death,” collected by Miss Susan Minns of Boston, Mass. Skulls, skeletons, and dead bodies are littered throughout the cabinet, which must have been quite the conversation starter between Miss
Minns and her acquaintances. The plates are halftones but illustrate the concept well enough.
Have a fun Halloween, everyone. -Editor
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
COINS FOR HALLOWEEN (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v07n43a17.html)
ZOMBUCKS: CURRENCY OF THE APOCALYPSE (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n44a41.html)
M. L. BEISTLE AND THE BEISTLE COMPANY (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v19n44a35.html)
NEWMAN PORTAL SCANS DANCE OF DEATH CATALOG (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n28a07.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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