In a Coin Update article, Dennis Tucker discussed numismatic cartoonists and the new book of cartoons by Claire Franklin.
Language historian and numismatist Claire Franklin explores the humor of coins and the ancients in
Franklin's World—now published in a book.
You might not immediately think of cartoons when you think of coin collecting. But the hobby has had its share of humorists over the years, including cartoonists.
Edward C. Rochette—the late
Mr. ANA, executive director emeritus of the American Numismatic Association, for whom its national museum in Colorado Springs is named—drew a cartoon called
Numispest for Numismatic News, starting shortly after the newspaper debuted in 1952. Journalist Leon Worden quotes Rochette's recollection of the first comic:
I think the very first one was a guy standing there cleaning his coins, and the acid was dripping down, eating his pant leg, and somebody was saying, ‘I think it's a little too strong for coins' (COINage Magazine, volume 42, number 5, May 2006).
Cartoonist Bill King (1922–2006) also drew a weekly editorial gag panel for Numismatic News for many years.
Krause Publications in 1966 released the 128-page A Coin Collector's Selection of Cointoons: Selected Cartoons from the Pages of Numismatic News and Coins Magazine.
In 1979 Plainsman & Jolex published the similarly named Lo Linkert's Cointoons, a collection of the German/Canadian gag cartoonist's numismatic funnies.
And more recently we have the delightful and smart Claire Franklin.
Dr. Franklin (she earned her doctorate in classical philology at the University of Reading, England, with a thesis on
Studies in the Intellectual Milieu of Posidonius of Apameia) has drawn hundreds of numismatic cartoons, regularly published at CoinsWeekly.
For more than 10 years, readers have enjoyed Franklin's drawings, puns, jokes, wisecracks, and wordplay online. She mostly delves into the rich territory of Greek, Roman, and other ancient coins.
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Franklin's cartoons will finally debut in print form. Her book will be officially presented at a vernissage in the historic dining room of Emperor Maximilian I at Hasegg Castle in Hall, Tyrol.
After opening remarks by Joachim Stollhoff of Munzen & Medaillen GmbH (the book's publisher) and CoinsWeekly founder and editor Ursula Kampmann, the cartoonist will talk about her
Franklin's World cartoon and the humor to be found in coins.
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Notes Published: A new cartoon book for coin collectors—
Wayne Homren, Editor
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