Tuesday February 12, 2019 was the meeting night of my monthly Northern Virginia numismatic social group Nummis Nova. Steve Bishop was our host, and we met
at a restaurant named The Espositos in Fairfax. Member Joe Esposito was absent, and so were the jokes about the restaurant connection (there is none).
Several folks were already there when I arrived, including Steve, Mike Packard, Jon Radel, Robert Hoppensteadt, Tom Kays and Dave Schenkman. Julian Leidman
arrived shortly after me. It was a smaller group than normal, with some being kept home by wintry weather. Wayne Herndon was at the Fairfax Coin Club
So-Called Half Dollars
I took a seat across from Steve and next to Dave Schenkman, who showed me a fascinating sample set of so-called half dollars. The group of ten pieces shows the
various finishes available.
1935 Pony Express Diamond Jubilee medal sample
So what is "Tumbled Ormolu"? This is a fascinating set, which was probably used as a salesman's sample when taking orders for other medals.
Has anyone seen anything like this before?
Obsolete Paper Money
Dave also brought some interesting recently purchased obsolete paper money, beginning with an amazing odd denomination from the Eric P. Newman collection.
Fascinating piece, worth one and a half bits. Payable at three stores in three cities as well as on board Lake Champlain Steam Boats, those were likely the
towns where the boats docked. I haven't consulted a map, though.
A much more common denomination - one bit was worth twelve and a half cents.
A very rare coal company note that brought spirited bidding. Congrats on all your acquisitions, Dave!
Russian Reoverstrikes and Pattern Copies
Steve Bishop brought some interesting Russian pieces. He writes:
The 1791 and 1796 pieces are rarer dates of Paul's reoverstriking of 1797, which are usually found dated 1793. The two 1809 pieces are modern copies of
extremely rare pattern pieces.
1791 EM 5K Reoverstriking
1796 EM 5K Reoverstriking
1809 10K Pattern Copy
1809 10K Pattern Copy
Robert Hoppensteadt passed around an interesting ancient medallion.
This is an AE34 medallion from Perga weighing 40 grams. Exceptionally detailed reverse picturing the cult image of Artemis in a distyle temple, sphinxes to
either side eagle in pediment. The obverse is nice too but this fell into the hands of someone who was not a fan of Septimius Severus in antiquity. Cutting or
defacing the image of an emperor was called Damnatio Memoriae and was sometimes official though not for this emperor.
To read an earlier E-Sylum article, see:
FEATURED WEB PAGE: DAMNATIO MEMORIAE (https://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n14a27.html)
It was another great evening of numisamtic fellowship. I'm already looking forward to our next meeting.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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