The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is Daniel E. Groux’s 1855 Grand Enterprise pamphlet. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. Thanks! -Editor
A recent addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is Daniel E. Groux’s Grand Enterprise for the Disposal of the Best Collection of Medals and Coins in the United States (1855). Groux divided his collection
into twenty “prizes” and offered raffle tickets at ten dollars each. Four hundred and fifty such tickets were to be sold, which valuation ($4500) was, according to Groux, much less than the total value of the collection.
Groux’s financial problems are well documented (see Joel Orosz’s article on Groux in the October-December 2012 Asylum) and it is unknown if the sale ever took place. The collection itself was typical for an
American numismatic cabinet of the era, with a heavy dose of European and non-federal content. Today Groux is known as the “fond old dreamer” as William Strobridge described him in an 1874 auction catalog – an individual
more adept at planning than delivering.
Link to Groux’s Grand Enterprise... (1855) on Newman Portal:
A rare item, and a great piece of numismatic Americana!
I'm always scouting for new content for the NNP, and have been particularly focused on periodicals. Can anyone help with this one?
The Commemorative Trail
This great 1980s-era publication on U.S. commemorative coins had lots of nicely illustrated articles. Anthony Swiatek was one of the principals behind it, but he reports that his only set was lost in shipping years ago. I no
longer have my issues, and don't believe the ANS or ANA libraries have sets either. If you've got a run of The Commemorative Trail, please let us know. Thanks. -Editor
Link to The Asylum (October-December 2012) on Newman Portal:
Link to Strobridge catalog of the Groux collection, April 1874:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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