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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 11, March 14, 2021, Article 12


More on the 1455 Calaisienne Medal of Charles VII

Last week we discussed a great medal offered in the upcoming Lugdunum GmbH Spring sale. An email from Dr. Jonas Flueck got caught in my spam folder; sorry - here's a great photo and additional information on the medal. See the earlier article for a link to the video. -Editor

1455 Calaisienne Medal of Charles VII

FRANCE, KINGDOM. Charles VII, 1422-1461. Large silver medal 1455 (Chronogram), unsigned, commemorating the expulsion of the English and the end of the Hundred Years’ war. 69 mm; 60.95 gr. Obverse: The King on horseback, armed from head to foot and with closed visor. Both he and his horse bear the blazon of France he has a drawn sword in his hand. Reverse: The King in majesty holding the sceptre and the sword. References: Trésors de Numismatique et de Glyptique pl. II, 2; Mazerolle, T. 3, 5; Vallet de Viriville 5; Collection Fillon 138 (this specimen); Collection Engel-Gros 100 (this specimen).

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More on the Romano Worthy Hoard
Pete Smith writes:

"I checked my copy of American Coin Treasures and Hoards by Q. David Bowers. On page 388 is a discussion of Romano's hoard of 1795 half dollars and proof 1878 trade dollars. There is no mention of a hoard of large cents or counterstamped coins.

"A few years back I did extensive research on Romno as I was preparing an exhibit of the Worthy Coin anniversary medals. I did not discover any reference to another hoard."

Denis Loring writes:

"Worthy Coin was run first by Corrado Romano, then jointly with his son Don, who eventually took over. They had a huge stock, including quantities of large cents by date. That's probably the "hoard" mentioned on the holder. J. J. Teaparty, run by Ed Leventhal, was right around the corner.

"To give you an idea of Worthy's stock, I once watched Corrado fill a mail order for a proof 3c nickel by carefully unrolling a paper-wrapped group of 50 coins, all 3c N proofs, picking one, and rewrapping the other 49."


Thanks. Here's the coin that prompted Bob Merchant's query. -Editor

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NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 7, 2021 : Query: Romano Worthy Hoard (

Liberty Head Nickel Hub Varieties
Liberty 5c - 1883-1902 hub Liberty 5c - 1901-1913 hub
1883-1902 hub, 1901-1913 hub

Dave Lange writes:

"The two-tailed Liberty Head Nickel brockage is datable to 1901 or later by use of the new reverse hub introduced that year. Most notably, the drooping leaf at the left side of the wreath is close to the top of the Roman V, while the old hub of 1883 shows it at a greater distance. The years 1901-02 were transitional, with reverse dies from either hub being seen. I'm attaching photos of the two hubs from NGC's VarietyPlus website.

"Speaking of NGC, I immediately recognized the photographic style used for the photo of an 1897 Morgan Dollar in Michael Merrill's item about the bag tag. Sure enough, it's from NGC's Coin Explorer website:"

Thanks. Nice photos! I wasn't aware of that detail. Reader Brian Schneider agrees.

I confirmed with Michael Merrill that NGC was indeed the source of the dollar photo. Great eye! -Editor

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NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 7, 2021 : 1897 Dollar Mint Bag Tag (

1855 Colored Children Ridgway Medal
John Sallay writes:

"John Kraljevich mentioned the New York Manumission Society’s African Free School and that reminded me of a short piece I wrote for the MCA Advisory back in 2006 (October 2006, pp. 4-6). The article was about a medal given by the New York Society for the Promotion of Education Among Colored Children. While these two societies were not directly related (I don’t think, anyway) I believe that the membership overlapped considerably, and their objectives were closely aligned."

1855 Colored Children Ridgeway medal obverse 1855 Colored Children Ridgeway medal reverse

Great medal! Thanks. -Editor

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The International Organization of Wooden Money Collectors
Bunyan's Chips masthead 2021-02

IOWMC Vice President Bob Gabriel writes:

"The International Organization of Wooden Money Collectors (IOWMC) in its 57th year is one of only three Wooden Money Clubs left in the USA. In this month’s newsletter Bunyan's Chips contains articles highlighting official wood issues from Lockport, Lyndon & Monee and Metropolis (home of Superman) Illinois. Monthly issues contain a Presidents message, Editor’s report and member advertisements buying, selling and trading of wooden money. There is also a monthly mail bid run by the club for its members, these auctions allow members to purchase wood at below market prices in an effort to keep the wonderful world of wooden money alive. Each month’s newsletter is also jam packed with articles relating to Wooden Money.

For information, please go to the club’s website or contact me at for a sample newsletter or membership application."

Query: Numismatic News Coin Bag
Jeremy Schneider writes:

"I've got a challenge that the readers may be able to help me out with. I recently purchased a large collection (200+) of old bank bags, and one that I found in the lot was this- marked "Numismatic News Weekly, Iola. ,Wi 1000 PCS". I'm curious if this would have been some sort of give away, or had another purpose? Would the Mint have sent a bag of coins to the magazine? Any help cracking this mystery would be appreciated!"

Numismatic News 1000PC coin bag front Numismatic News 1000PC coin bag back

Coin bags are a fun collectible - there are many different varieties issued by mints and banks alike. For assistance I reached out to longtime Krause Publications executive Clifford Mishler. -Editor

Clifford Mishler writes:

"It is probably a Fed/Mint bag of 1971-D Lincolns that was shipped to us by a coin wholesaler. Back in the early 1970s we offered a subscription promotion . . . the premium offered was a complete set of Lincoln Memorial cents in holder (1959-1973?) . . . which would have been the 15th anniversary. We offered a similar promotional program 10 years later for the 25th anniversary (1959-1983). "

We typically acquired our bags of promotional coins from Julian Jarvis of Greencastle, Indiana, or Virgil Marshall III of Wymore, Nebraska, either of whom may have been the originator of the shipment who stenciled our address on the bag.

Thanks! -Editor

Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money Plans
Whitman-Encyc-Obsolete-Paper-Money_vol-07_cover Regarding the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money Steve Mengler of Belle Plaine, IA writes:

"I was wondering if you were aware of any future publication dates for books in this series after Volume 8. While I have been accumulating the earlier volumes, I am hoping that this series will continue to cover the Midwest states, particularly Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan."

I reached out the the publisher and received some good news. -Editor

Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing writes:

"Yes, we’re working on the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states and territories now --- volume 9 (New Jersey and Pennsylvania), volumes 10 through 12 (New York, books I, II, and III), volume 13 (Illinois and Indiana), volume 14 (Michigan and Ohio), and volume 15 (California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin).

"These books are so research- and labor-intensive that I’m hesitant to give firm publication dates at this point."

More on the 1921-S Zerbe Dollars
Michael Wehner of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society writes:

1921-S Morgan Dollar, SP64_Heritage_Autions_2 "A bit more info on the 1921-S Zerbe Proof Morgan dollar from the July 1921 issue of The Numismatist reporting on the May 1921 meeting of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society.

"The Secretary stated that Mr. Zerbe had obtained for the benefit of its members some carefully handled, specially selected specimens of the 1921 "S" mint dollars, and Mr. Zerbe would distribute them after the meeting, one to each member in exchange for their old cartwheels."

"There were 15 members, including Zerbe, at that meeting but no record of how many took him up on the offer. A while back we checked the PCNS archive but alas the Society did not put one away. But perhaps there are some still to be found in old San Francisco collections..."

Too bad. What a great opportunity! -Editor

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Jim Duncan writes:

"I was surprised to see that - which is available in seven languages - was not offered as a site. Not purely numismatic but very good!" is another fine used book search site. -Editor

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Dollars, Cents, and Nonsense
Bob Leonard writes:

"I'm sure that this came to you like this, but I'm always annoyed by erroneous combinations of a decimal point and a dollar sign with the denomination. I assume that the new bill will be worth 52 cents U.S., not 0.52 cents. Writers should pick one or the other."

Yes, we were quoting the original article verbatim. It included BOTH the dollar sign and the word 'cents': "$0.52 cents". $0.52 = 52 cents. Either "$0.52" or "52 cents" would make sense, but combining the two is confusing. -Editor

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Second Boer War satirical engraved copper Penny Regarding one of Jeremy Bostwick's Numismagram selections, Harv Gamer writes:

"I would like to add my observation on this item on the woman's collar the letters 'SA'. If you look at her bonnet and clothing the 'SA' would stand for SALVATION ARMY."

Phil Mernick writes:

"I am probably not the first person to mention this but in your Numismagram Selections 101543, Queen Victoria is wearing a Salvation Army bonnet and, in the UK, the SA on her collar is generally believed to stand for Salvation Army."

Daniel Fearon writes:

"It has nothing to do with South Africa or women's suffrage. It is the Salvation Army. The bonnet lasted till the 1960s. Certainly the women all wore them in my childhood in the '50s when their band played hymns in our street on Sunday mornings. Wikipedia devotes a whole page to them.

"The engraved coins are not rare, but as with so many things, were you to go out and try and find one, it might prove a hard job!"

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Jeremy Bostwick writes:

"It’s an interesting thought, and obviously the imagery would work for the Salvation Army, but I’ve never found anything that points to these being made for those purposes. The only information that I’ve been able to uncover relates to the Boer War connection, and mentions these types specifically. It would be nice to find something more contemporaneous to when they were made mentioning them, which would certainly help narrow it down."

Thanks, everyone. -Editor

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Back in 2000 the Naples Bank Note Company (NBNC) intended to offer the European Central Bank the opportunity to have a US company print the Euro. In order to get samples to submit to the ECB, Naples Bank Note designed this One Million Euro Commemorative, complete with over 20 security features, including some never used before and only original to NBNC. These are the last sheets remaining. For collectors only.

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