Tuesday, January 17 brought the first meeting of 2023 of my Northern Virginia Numismatic Social group Nummis Nova. I was the host and picked Ristorante Bonaroti in Vienna. I was assisted by Jon Radel who kindly offered to handle the restaurant reservation and announcements.
I arrived around 6pm and found Julian Leidman waiting in the parking spot next to mine. We were seated at a table a little small for our expected number and before ordering they thankfully relocated us. A recession may or may not be on the horizon, but business was booming at this classic Italian restaurant, with nearly every seat filled by the end of the evening and more people at the bar and outside on the porch.
Jonas Denenberg was the next to arrive, quickly followed by Tom Kays, Robert Hoppensteadt, Mike Packard, Jon, Steve Bishop and Wayne Herndon.
Jonas and Tom
Mike, Jon and Wayne Herndon
J.S.G. Boggs NFT
I've long been a collector of the work of "Money Artist" J.S.G. Boggs, and added to my collection when his estate recently offered a series of NFTs honoring his legacy. In keeping with the performative aspect of Boggs' work, buyers of the NFTs were given a printed receipt, in this case a "crypto receipt." The Estate also provided buyers with a Limited Edition Boggs Note to accompany the digital one. The Limited Edition note includes all of Boggs' typical anti-counterfeiting measures on the otherwise blank back, including the edition number, indenture printing and rubberstamps, and even a facsimile of the late artist's thumbprint. In another thoughtful touch, the accompanying letter is on paper made from recycled U.S. currency. Kudos to Archivist & Historian Craig Whitford for another high-quality production in the tradition of our late mutual friend.
No, that's not the full hash code
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
J.S.G. BOGGS ESTATE TO ISSUE NFTS
BOGGS ESTATE SELLS NFTS, RECEIPT AND CHANGE
As usual I brought along some numismatic literature, this time two books recently announced in The E-Sylum. I didn't photograph them at the meeting, but here are cover images from the earlier articles.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW BOOK: HERMON ATKINS MACNEIL
NEW BOOK: BEAUTIFUL BANKNOTES OF FRANCE
Conversation within my declining earshot included upcoming coin shows, Jonas' recent purchases and eBay sales, and Wayne Herndon's post- FUN purchase of two and a half tons of U.S. Proof sets for stock.
Tom's Notes and Photos
Here's are Tom's notes and photo of yours truly.
Tom Kays writes:
"I brought a small display case of modern coins that garnered little interest in the low light of a fine Italian restaurant, especially to the older eyes of most of the Nummis Nova diners. The case held modern cents, nickels, and dimes having sundry mint errors. Now to tell the truth, I gave up collecting Lincoln Cents and common twentieth century US coins nearly fifty years ago. I parked rolls of Wheaties pulled from change into jars for future perusal by youngsters with clear, sharp eyesight, who care about holes in their blue cent folders and know the breadth and depth of low mintage key dates, mint errors, and the difference between
"As luck would have it I sat next to Jonas who can still see these coins and discern minute differences, and who knows how to move inventory via social media to the newest generation of coin collectors, who think sixty-five year old wheat cents are practically ancient, and well worthy of acquisition. Highlights of these lowlights included a 1964 Class I, double-struck/rotated obverse die cent, a pair of Class II (Poor Man's) 1955 double-die obverse cents, and more modest accidents involving grease-filled dies, lamination errors, and die cracks as culled from circulation for face value fifty years ago."
Modern Errors included a 1964 double struck, rotated obverse cent and Poor Man's 1955 Double-Die Obverse Cents
"I also brought The Cherry Picker's Guide to Rare Die Varieties (4th Edition, Volume 1) by Bill Fivaz et. al., published in 2001, hoping to identify some plums among the pits. When all Lincoln cents have fuzzy looking dates, it is time to pass the torch.
"The highlight of the evening came from Steve Bishop who enticed us to play
guess the grade on a stack of raw, Mint State Morgan Dollars. "
Steve Bishop likes toned coins, and he shared these recent online purchases of unslabbed coins. The seller photos aren't great - the coins looked nice in person and generated good discussion on grading, pricing, and striking characteristics. Thanks.
1931-S Buffalo Nickel
1917 Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter
1878 7 Tail Feathers Reverse of '79 Morgan Dollar
1879-O Morgan Dollar
1880-O Morgan Dollar
1881-S Morgan Dollar
1883-S Morgan Dollar
1921 Peace Dollar
Yet another great night of numismatic fellowship, despite the lower-than-usual turnout. I'm looking forward to next month.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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