In the April 2019 issue of the John Reich Journal (the official publication of the John Reich Collectors Society), Dave Perkins published
an article about the rare New York Numismatic Club medal for author D. W. Valentine. With permission, we're republishing it here. -Editor
D. W. Valentine Presidential Medal
By W. David Perkins, NLG
If you collect early United States Half Dimes and think finding one of each variety and /or die marriage is tough, try finding an example of the
D. W. Valentine President of the Club Medal!
For those who don't know, Daniel Webster Valentine was a researcher and collector of half dimes. The American Numismatic Society published
Valentine's The United States Half Dimes as part of their Numismatic Notes and Monographs series in 1931. This became the standard reference
for early U.S. Half Dimes until two of our founders, Russell J. Logan and John W. McCloskey, published Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837 in
Valentine was the fifth president of the New York Numismatic Club in New York City. The medal has the years "1918 AND 1920" in the lower obverse
field, the years Valentine was president of the club. Best I can tell, Valentine was President in 1918 and again in 1920 (for these two years
This medal was struck by the Medallic Art Co. Fifty examples were struck in Bronze and eight in silver. This medal is #31 of the 50 struck. It
took the owner over 25 years to look for and acquire this Medal!
Daniel Webster Valentine was inducted into the JRCS Hall of Fame in 2010.
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