Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger writes:
The E-Sylum of July 22 noted the term “circulated cameo,” and several variants thereof. The earliest usage found on the Newman Portal dated to 2007, in the Chicago Coin Club Chatter, and was used in the context of circulated Barber coinage. The term is also found occasionally in the publications of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club.
There is a theme here – circulated 19th century American silver coinage is sometimes found with the “two-tone” or “circulated cameo” effect, typically darker fields contrasting with lighter devices. It’s a matter of taste, but advanced collectors tend to like them. Attached is an example from the Newman II sale (Heritage, 11/2013), lot 34619, an 1895-O Barber half dollar (realized $223.25).
Link to Chicago Coin Club Chatter (2007):
Link to Newman II image collection on Newman Portal:
I check the Newman Portal almost reflexively now, but I didn't in this case. With its vast store of pre-1923 out-of-copyright numismatic material, it's the ideal place to research the creation and evolution of numismatic terminology. While it doesn't prove the terms weren't used earlier (in some document not yet in the portal, or one where the text was OCR'd incorrectly) this does confirm that the term "Circulated Cameo" was used at least as early as 2007. Thanks!
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
VOCABULARY TERM: CIRCULATION CAMEO
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