REVIEW: JOURNAL OF EARLY AMERICAN NUMISMATICS #2
Len Augsburger submitted this review of the latest issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN). Thanks. -Editor
Journal of Early American Numismatics, no. 2, Published by American Numismatic Society
The recently published Journal of Early American Numismatics (vol. 1, no. 2, December 2018) has now been mailed to subscribers. Gary Trudgen kicks off the issue by
providing a definitive connection between the English counterfeiter “Mould” and Walter Mould of New Jersey copper fame. In a second article, Trudgen explores the struggle against
counterfeit halfpence in colonial New York. Completing a numismatic hat trick, Trudgen has yet a third article in this issue, “Samuel Atlee’s New York City Brewery and Mint.” I
have not checked but suspect the number of authors with three articles in a single issue (including the predecessor Colonial Newsletter) is slim to none. Trudgen’s third article
neatly ties the first two together, discussing the counterfeit coinage produced by the partnership of James F. Atlee and Walter Mould. From there David Gladfelter contributes a
brief history of The Colonial Newsletter, beginning with the inaugural issue in October 1960.
The longest article is Christopher McDowell’s ”A New Look and Fresh Theory on the Origins of the Rhode Island Ship Medal.” I look forward to reading this but will confess to
not having yet done so, mainly because of the last article, John Kleeberg’s “The Continental Dollar: British Medals or American Coins?” This topic has attracted much controversy
as of late, so of course I had to read that one first. Kleeberg argues for an American origin, and I’m sure we haven’t heard the last on this subject.
Julia Casey joins the editorial team with this issue, editor Christopher McDowell writes “Unlike the other people associated with this publication, Julia is probably unknown to
most of our readers; however, she is the best numismatic researcher I know.” The Journal of Early American Numismatics may be ordered from the American Numismatic Society.
This is a peer-reviewed journal written to an academic standard and represents a high level of scholarship.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
JOURNAL OF EARLY AMERICAN NUMISMATICS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n02a07.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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