Mike Marotta writes:
"I had a placement about collecting numismatic and philatelic topic themes in Issue #100 of the History of Astronomy semi-annual newsletter. See pages 20-24.
"Since February 2020, I have been a volunteer editor with the History of Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society. I am responsible for a column, "This Month in Astronomical History." The articles publish first in AAS News and then are placed on the HAD webpage here:
"In addition to catching other people's subject-verb disagreements and comma splices, I am always looking for writers who want to place about 750 words on a timely celebration of astronomical history in a peer-reviewed publication.
"The AAS is focused on researchers, primary investigators who run programs and hire post-doctoral students and others not as far along in their careers. If you have a doctorate in astronomy and only teach at university, you can be an Educational Affiliate, just as I am an Amateur Affiliate member. That said, though, the AAS is reaching out to a wider audience in the wake of their purchase and rescue of Sky & Telescope magazine, following the demise of F+W Media. They also bought (and saved from extinction) Willmann-Bell, publishers of books targeted to the broad range of hobbyists up to the professional level."
Here's an excerpt. See the complete article online for more.
With some exceptions, astronomical images
seldom appeared on ancient coins of the archaic
Hellenic and ancient Hellenistic koine social
contexts before the extension of the Roman
republic in the second century BCE. Some Roman
coins of the Pax Romana early empire do show
one or more stars within a crescent Moon,
clearly intended to set the time of a notable
conjunction though symbolic rather than
representational. Easily the most famous
examples are the Caesar's Comet with Octavian
Augustus on the obverse and a comet on the
reverse with the inscription DIVVS IVLIVS
referring to the deification of Gaius Julius Caesar
following his assassination in 44 BCE.
Broadly accepted by numismatists as markers of
an actual event the coins remain putative among
astronomers. Stronger acceptance is
found for the issues of Tigranes II (Tigranes the
Great) of Armenia (140-55 BCE) depicting a
prominent star in the king's crown which is
correlated to an appearance of Halley's Comet
in 82 BCE while Tigranes was extending his
Whereas most national banks and
treasuries maintain legal monopolies on the
issuance of monetary media, the United Kingdom
stands apart in that the obligations of the Bank
of England circulate alongside private issues
from the Royal Bank of Scotland and the
Northern Bank (now Dansk Bank) of Belfast.
The Bank of England one-pound notes of
1978 to 1984 featured Sir Isaac Newton on
the back. He sits with a prism and his reflecting
telescope next to him. In his lap the Principia
Mathematica is open to Proposition XI
Problem VI. An American space shuttle
appeared on the 1999 £5 note of the
Northern Bank. In 2017, the Royal Bank of
Scotland placed Mary Somerville on their current
issue circulating £10 note.
To read the complete newsletter (see pages 20-24), see:
Number 100 * October 2022
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