The Numismatic Bibliomania Society



The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 1, January 7, 2024, Article 10


Charles Broadway Rouss of Winchester, VA
Eric Schena writes:

"That is a really neat book of notes; the one note from Winchester was issued by Charles Broadway Rouss who ran an auction house on Loudoun St. He later left and made his fortune in New York but bequeathed a considerable amount of money back to Winchester. City Hall is named after him, as is one of the bigger fire departments, plus numerous other things. Those are quite rare (the Jones-Littlefield catalog carries it as an R-7) and I have been looking for one for many years. Really a neat item!"

  1861 Winchester VA Five Cent scrip note

Agreed - I knew Eric would appreciate this note - he lives in Winchester and has collected Virginia scrip notes for quite a while. Great piece. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

On Morgan Bulkeley
Pete Smith writes:

Morgan_G_Bulkeley "I was initially confused by the statement about Bulkeley that he was one who had contributed just under 20,000 items to the American Numismatic Society. I came to realize that getting on the list would only have required the contribution of one item. Bulkeley was not a member of the ANA. His name does not appear on membership cards for the ANS. Why would someone who is not a member contribute? The ANS has a couple of Bulkeley medals in the collection that do not make reference to a donor or an accession dale. Perhaps one of these was donated by Bulkeley."

Gary Greenbaum writes:

"Possibly I was ambiguous. I meant to convey what Pete said, that he was among the ninety-odd contributors who together contributed some 20,000 items. Sorry for the misunderstanding."

Agreed. Bulkeley may not have been a major donor. Thanks also to Jim Haas for forwarding some biographical information and newspaper articles. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: DECEMBER 31, 2023 : Morgan Bulkeley Information Sought (

Query: Humane Society 1850 Medal
Dave Baldwin writes:

"Trying to find something out about a medal and having no luck so I thought your readers may have a clue. It is the South Carolina SPCA medal, specifically the "Humane Society 1850" die.

"And as always thank you for the great work on the newsletter. Look forward to it arriving every week."

  South Carolina SPCA Humane Society white metal obv. South Carolina SPCA Humane Society white metal rev.

Interesting medal that I've never seen before. Is anyone familiar with this? Any research information you can dig up? -Editor

To read the complete page on Dave's Lovett website, see:
George H Lovett Gallery Part 1 Miscellaneous Award Medals (

Decimalization of the British Monetary System

  British Numismatic Society logo
Peter Preston-Morley writes:

"The British Numismatic Society meeting at NYINC will take place in the Morgan Suite at the InterContinental New York Barclay, on E 48th Street, on Friday January 12th, at 4 PM.

"I'm very pleased to say that our speaker will be Dr Jesse Kraft, the Resolute Americana Assistant Curator at the American Numismatic Society, where he oversees the collection of coins, tokens, medals, and paper currency of the Western hemisphere. His talk is entitled ‘An incalculable advantage': Nineteenth-century attempts at the decimalization of the British monetary system."

Here's the summary of the talk. -Editor

  Victoria pattern florin 1848

Over a century before ‘Decimal Day' the British government weighed the pros and cons of a decimalized currency. First proposed in 1824 and continuing through the century, Parliament debated the issue, organized commissions to research its potential, and published long studies into the matter. Conclusions were split, with some noting ‘an incalculable advantage' of the system, and others finding there to be ‘few merits' in decimalization. As a result, the British continued to use the duo-decimalized pound, shilling and pence system until 1971.

  Victoria pattern decimal penny 1859

For more information on the show, see:

Money in 17th-century New Netherland

John Mutch passed along notice of this free online lecture on currency used by early North American settlers. Thank you! -Editor

Grain and tobacco, wampum/sewan, and beaver/drielings: making sense of money in seventeenth-century New Netherland and North America

Simon Middleton Program Description: The Hudson Area Library in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History hosts a talk by Simon Middleton, PhD. and Associate Professor of History at William and Mary, about the diverse types of currency used by early North American settlers.

Middleton's talk will offer some thoughts on what we should make of the variety of coins and commodities used by settlers–everything from coins, grain, tobacco, wampum, and beaver pelts. Historians have long puzzled over the development of these diverse currencies, which the colonists gathered together in conventions referred to as "current money" or money of "this place."

Date/Time: Thursday, January 25, 6-7:30pm

Location: The event will be held virtually via Zoom.

For more information, or to register, see:
Grain and tobacco, wampum/sewan, and beaver/drielings: making sense of money in seventeenth-century New Netherland and North America (

Stacks-Bowers E-Sylum ad 2023-12-17 NYINC SALE

Wayne Homren, Editor

NBS ( Web

The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a non-profit organization promoting numismatic literature. See our web site at

To submit items for publication in The E-Sylum, write to the Editor at this address:

To subscribe go to:



Copyright © 1998 - 2023 The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)
All Rights Reserved.

NBS Home Page
Contact the NBS webmaster