Pete Smith submitted these thoughts on the Daniel W. Valentine medal described in Dave Perkins' article last week, Thanks, -Editor
Stephen A. Crain wrote an article about Daniel W. Valentine for the E-Gobrecht in May of 2005. Later Steve wrote about his joy in
acquiring an example of the New York Numismatic Club medal for Valentine. Steve appreciated Valentine for his reference book about half dimes.
In 2013, I was a judge for Numismatic Literature at the ANA Convention. There was an excellent exhibit about Valentine that was well deserving of
first place. It included an example of the Valentine medal in silver and bronze. The exhibitor had acquired photos and other items from the Valentine
I thought the exhibit was probably placed by Crain. When I saw him later I asked him but he did not know who placed the exhibit. As the awards
were announced we learned that the exhibitor was Jerry Fochtman. His interest in Valentine was related to the book on Fractional Currency.
Members of the New York Numismatic Club collect the Valentine medal as part of the series of medals issued for club presidents. Mark Anderson is
involved with sales of the club medals and keeps track of buyers by serial numbers. He attempted to identify owners of the Valentine medal and the
serial numbers for each medal.
I collect tokens and medals issued for numismatists. I did not own a Valentine medal in 2013 but was fortunate to acquire one a couple of years
Dave Perkins adds:
The bronze Daniel Valentine medal described in my article last week is from the Stephen Crain Collection. Stephen collected and studied the half
dimes for over 35 years and was known to many of us as "Mr. Half Dime."
Unfortunately Stephen's health has declined in the last year. W. David Perkins Numismatics will be selling Stephen's extensive collection
of Capped Bust and Liberty Seated half dimes along with his collection of half dime Ephemera.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
D. W. VALENTINE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL
Wayne Homren, Editor
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