The E-Sylum v7#19, May 9, 2004
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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 7, Number 19, May 9, 2004:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2004, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Among recent new subscribers is Jim Lucas, the marketing &
communications director at the American Numismatic
Association, courtesy of David Sklow. Welcome aboard!
We now have 658 subscribers.
KOLBE FORD AUCTION CATALOGUES
George Kolbe writes: "As of Monday May 3rd, the last of the
June 1, 2004 John J. Ford, Jr. Library auction sale catalogues
went out in the mail. Those not currently on our mailing list may
order a printed catalogue by sending $35.00 ($37.71 for
California residents) to George Frederick Kolbe. P. O. Drawer
3100, Crestline, CA 92325-3100. Supplies are limited.
We are also pleased to announce that, for the first time, a fully
illustrated catalogue is accessible at our web site:
www.numislit.com, along with an unillustrated version as usual.
Comments are invited.
Those wishing to attend the sale are advised that, subject to
availability, special room rates may still be available at the
Mission Inn. Please visit our web site for further information."
NBS ASYLUM ADVERTISERS WANTED
David F. Fanning, Editor-in-Chief of our print journal writes:
"I am soliciting ads for both the Spring and Summer 2004
issues of The Asylum, the quarterly journal of the Numismatic
Bibliomania Society. While the Spring issue will be a normal
issue of the journal, I'd like to remind everyone that the
Summer issue will be a special issue to commemorate the
25th anniversary of the organizational meeting of our Society.
The special Summer issue will be considerably larger in size
than a normal issue (at least 150 pages and perhaps a good
deal more) and the plan is to publish a special limited edition
hardcover version as well as the usual card-covered version.
It will feature outstanding research from bibliophiles and
researchers from across the globe, with a special emphasis
on works of the highest quality.
Ad rates for the Spring issue are the same as usual: $60 for
a full page, $30 for a half page.
Ad rates for the special Summer issue are $100 per page
(no half page rate available).
We would like all advertising materials for both of these
issues as soon as possible. If you have questions about the
technical requirements, please contact Editor Tom Fort at
<etfort at comcast.net>.
Thank you for your support of the Numismatic Bibliomania
E-SYLUM AND ITS MEMBERS AMONG THE BEST
Peter Koch writes: "The Internet is populated with sites
offering regularly updated information to its visitors.
"Updates made weekly, be sure to visit us often."
Unfortunately, it's a promise that's tough to keep. Revisits
to many of these sites reveal no new information, or that no
one has updated the site in any way for months, or longer.
Disappointing, but one can understand. Anyone who's
been involved in producing a periodical under a deadline
knows, it ain't easy.
That this newsletter has maintained a flawless published
schedule at such a high level of quality is vibrant testimony
to the marvelous collation of unique, enabling subject matter,
knowledgeable members and contributors, and the
commitment and tireless efforts of our editor. Amazing. The
E-Sylum is well written, looks good and always informative.
If there's another timely, superb resource in numismatics as
good as this one, I truly would like to know.
It's been more than a month since I posted a request for a
copy of John Ford's 1957 Obituary of Wayte Raymond.
No less than three subscribers came to my aid. I want to
publicly thank David Gladfelter, Bill Malkmus and a special
thanks to Bill Swoger for the speed of light in producing
scanned images of the obit on my monitor.
Fantabulous! My genuine thanks."
BOOK AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE A.N.S.
George Kolbe writes: "On August 19, 2004 we will be
conducting donated book auction to benefit the Francis
D. Campbell Library Chair at the American Numismatic
1. We need your book donations with an average value
of $300 each
2. We need you to attend and bid wildly
Place: Tambellini's Restaurant
(easy walking distance from the ANA Convention)
cocktails: 5:15 p.m.
followed by dinner & Auction
Tickets: $50.00 each, reservations to:
60 State Street, 12th floor
Boston, MA 02109
jadams at ahh.com
Books: Send to George Kolbe by the end of May
P.O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325."
[I scouted the location and made the reservations. It's
a nice old-time Pittsburgh Italian restaurant in the
Cultural District, just a few blocks from the convention
center. As noted in an earlier E-Sylum, I've contributed
a few lots to the sale. I'm looking forward to the dinner
and auction - it should be a fun and relaxing evening for
a great cause. Please consider donating some material
via George, and get your dinner reservatinons into John
early. We're looking forward to seeing many of you
NBS ACTIVITIES IN PITTSBURGH
After a fun evening at the ANS book auction, there is
even more in store for bibliophiles at the August convention
of the American Numismatic Association.
The following morning, August 20, the Numismatic
Bibliomania Society will hold its annual meeting. In honor
of our club's 25th anniversary we are working to plan a
lunch following the meeting. After lunch, NBS members
who have registered will embark on an afternoon bus tour
to two private local numismatic libraries, those of Asylum
Editor E. Tomlinson Fort, and myself. See the next
Asylum issue for more information. Regretably, we have
dropped the Carnegie Library from the tour due to time
constraints. Fortunately, there is little in the way of
numismatic literature in the Carnegie collection that doesn't
appear in one of our libraries.
Equally regretably, we must cancel the planned viewing
of coins from the Carnegie collection. Although our contacts
at the museum were initially willing to set something up, they
have been overruled by their boss. Like many museums
across the country, The Carnegie is understaffed. Recent
layoffs have greatly depleted their staff.
I'd like to thank and apologize to those who earlier expressed
interest in the Carnegie visits, and hope you will be able to
join us for the remaining library tours.
THE VICTORIA CROSS
Joe Boling writes: "Whatever prices you were reporting for
the Victoria Cross auction records, they came through severely
truncated, no doubt because of the attachment of a non-standard
[Mea Culpa. From the beginning, one goal of The E-Sylum
was to keep the format as simple as possible in order to allow
the widest possible distribution. Plain text is the lowest common
denominator across the wide range of devices attached to the
Internet. I've allowed some special symbols to be published
more recently, partly out of laziness, but also in order to see if
problems would arise. This is the first time I've heard of
symbols being a problem. I'll try to be more careful in the
Meanwhile, here are the Victoria Cross hammer prices reported
in last week's item. All prices are in Pounds.
Mr. Jackson's Victoria Cross "... went for 235,250 at the Spink
auction house in London on Friday, smashing the old record for
a VC of 178,250." -Editor]
Doug Andrews writes: "Congratulations on yet another terrific
issue of E-Sylum!
Your "Featured Web Site" link on the Victoria Cross to
http://www.victoriacross.net/ is a treasure trove of information,
and I hope that E-Sylum readers will take full advantage of the
links there to well over one hundred books about the Victoria
Cross, its history, and its recipients.
With the Royal Canadian Mint's recent coin issues honoring
Canada's veterans, the numismatic connection to our military
has never been stronger.
Of the 90 Canadian recipients of the VC, three are particularly
noteworthy for your readers. CSM Frederick William Hall, Cpl.
Leo Clarke, and Lt. Robert Shankland were all from Winnipeg,
Manitoba, where I live. They all were awarded the Victoria
Cross for their gallantry in World War One.
If having three Victoria Cross recipients from one city on the
Canadian Prairies isn't a great coincidence in itself, all three
lived on the same street, Pine Street, in Winnipeg! The bravery
of these men and their heroic deeds were recognized when Pine
Street's name was changed to Valour Road.
Many numismatists and bibliophiles also have an interest in
military decorations. Whenever NBS members are
contemplating an excursion to Winnipeg to visit the Royal
Canadian Mint, or to view the Hudson Bay Company token
collection, a side trip to Valour Road to see the plaque
erected there would be highly worthwhile."
Joe Boling writes: "Regarding dye-stained bank robbery notes,
I see notes in circulation regularly with these stains along their
edges - usually $20 bills."
[I've seen some inkstained notes, too, but hadn't given them
much thought. Perhaps that's what they were. Interesting,
but they would be far more interesting if the notes' stories
were documented. -Editor]
SALVADOR DALI, MEDALIST
Dick Johnson writes: "Tuesday, May 11, 2004 is the centennial
of the birth of Salvador Dali. Did you know he was a medalist?
He created four medals struck by the Paris Mint. A series of
12 medals of his design were struck in the USA by Medallic
Art Company, and a separate Leda The Swan Medal by AMI,
Art Medals Incorporated. Yes, he is listed in my Directory of
American Artists, Diesinkers, Engravers, Medalists and
His first two medals, in 1967, were uniface models in which the
Paris Mint added a reverse for each incorporating his famed
signature. These were not wild designs as you might expect,
but rather tame designs of Pallas Athena and Unicorn
In 1969 came his wild design for the Club Francois de la
Medaille. It was modeled entirely of spoons! Title: Dali By
Dali. Perhaps you can find his portrait outlined in the obverse
design of spoons. He created a second Club edition in 1972,
titled Sceau de Dali. A supreme being at self promotion, yet
these medals exhibit he did have talent.
The American series is the Twelve Tribes of Israel; they were
modeled by an Italian-born American, Domenico Facci, from
Dali's graphic designs and struck in 1973-74. Leda The Swan
was also struck in 1974.
Tuesday starts a Year of Dali celebration, mostly in his native
Spain (centered at the Center of Dali Studies in Figueres, where
he was born), but also in the US in Philadelphia, and at the
Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
I wish I had thought of it before he died (January 23, 1989).
I would have suggested he create a Dali Deli Platter Plaquette.
Oh, what he could have done with food!"
NATIONAL GALLERY NUMISMATIC VOLUMES
Steve Pellegrini writes: "The National Gallery of Art, Washington,
in their series of publications 'Studies in the History of Art' has
least two volumes devoted to numismatics. I have Volume 22
which is called 'Italian Plaquettes.' Volume 21 is about Italian
Medals of the same Renaissance period. I have been looking for
a copy of this volume for quite awhile without success. Any of
my fellow Bibliomaniacs know where a copy might be had?"
MEDALS ON STAMPS
Steve Pellegrini writes: "In the Perhaps Better Late then Never
Category: Medals on Stamps. Munich medallist Karl Goetz
produced an essai set of four stamps which featured four of his
medal designs. These were produced for the 1932 Deutsche
Bundespost stamp design competition. The 15 pfennig stamp
carries the exact design of the medal Goetz lists as his Opus 289.
Gunther Keinast, in his very scarce book 'Goetz II, A
Supplement' gives the 4 denominations a group opus number of
K-639. Also by Goetz is the ubiquitous postage stamp of the
Weimar Republic - the medallion portrait of Presided Paul von
Hindenburg. This postal portrait is based directly on a 1927
pattern 5RM commemorative coin (K-387) Goetz had
submitted to the Bavarian Mint in competition. Although the
Hindenburg 5 Mark pattern was not adopted by the Mint
Goetz removed the denomination from the design and had it
privately issued as a medallic gedenkentaler for Hindenburgs
80th birthday (K-386). This 'so-called taler' was to become
Goetz' best-selling work with a mintage of well over 100,000.
These are today a perennial favorite on EBay where a nice
example can be picked up for about $35."
COINS ON COINS
David Menchell writes: "A partial answer to Alan Luedeking:
Perhaps the earliest examples of coins depicted on coins are
the obol and hemiobol attributed to Samaria, listed in
Meshorer and Qedar's Samarian Coinage as numbers 141
and 142. The reverse of these coins depicts five overlapping
discs with images of owls on each, thought to represent
Martin Purdy writes: "NZ $1 1983, South Africa 1 rand 1974
(interesting because the coins depicted have had their
denominations removed!), Argentina 25 pesos 1964-68 - a
genuine circulating coin this time, rather than a commemorative."
Reid Goldsborough writes: "I, and possibly others, collect
modern coins and currency honoring ancient coins in those
areas I specialize in, including:
Alexander the Great
* 1992 Greek 100 drachmas coin -- Alexander III portrait
from Lysimachos' tetradrachms
* 1956 Greek 1000 drachmas note -- portrait from Tarsos
* 1942-1943 (undated) Ionian Islands 10 drachmas note --
portrait from a sculpture in the British Museum
* 1941 Greek 1000 drachmas note -- portrait from Aesillas
* 1941 Greek 2 drachmas note -- portrait from Lysimachos
* 1926 Albanian one lek coin -- portrait from Aesillas
* 1923 Greek 5 drachmas note -- portrait from Tarsos
* Wanted: 1921-22 Greek 50 drachmas note -- portrait from
* 2002 Greek one euro coin -- owl from Classical Owl
* 1973 Greek two drachmas coin -- owl from Classical
* 1944 Greek 100,000 drachmas note -- owl from
Classical Owl tetradrachms
* 1912 Greek ten lepta coin -- owl from ancient New
VOTER PEACE MEDAL
Steve Pellegrini writes: "I recently received in the mail a Voters
Information Booklet for Multnomah County, Oregon. Featured
on the cover is a large photo of the handshake side of a Jefferson
Indian Peace Medal. How cool. I wonder if we have a collector
in the Voter's Info Office or if this was just a bit of random
utilization. Another pleasant surprise was that the example was
not of a modern re-strike but was of an authentic original which
had seen its share of honest wear. Indian peace medals are one
of the few numismatic items I believe are far better holed,
ticked-up and worn than in pristine, as-struck condition."
BREEN AND RAYMOND'S STANDARD CATALOGUE
David F. Fanning writes: "I know Walter Breen was involved
with the 17th and 18th editions (1954 and 1957, respectively)
of Raymond's Standard Catalogue of United States Coins,
but was he involved with any earlier editions? If so, in what
AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL MEDALS
Syd Martin writes: "With respect to the 1926 "so-called-dollar"
discussed previously, the picture on the front was of George
Washington, NOT Franklin."
David Menchell writes: "In answer to Ron Abler's question
about the "so-called dollar" for the 1926 Sesquicentennial, he
appears to have most of the details correct, except that the
obverse depicts a bust of George Washington facing right, not
Ben Franklin. Information can be found in Hibler and
Kappen's reference, where this series of medals is listed as
numbers 451 through 454. It was minted in bronze, brass,
nickel, and copper, the nickel being somewhat scarce and the
copper rare. The bronze pieces were struck from higher relief
dies. The medal was designed by Albin Polasek and struck
in the Mint Exhibit at the Exposition."
Dick Johnson writes: "To answer Ron Abler in last week's
E-Sylum: Medallic Art Company did strike a Sesquicentennial
Medal in 1926, but not the official medal which is listed in So-
Called Dollars by Hibler and Kappen. Medallic Art struck the
Sesqui Sports Medal (26-28) which was modeled by R. Tait
McKenzie for the celebration's sports contests in which the
artist was involved.
Incidentally, Ron, there is no "s" in Medallic Art -- either the
name of the company or the field of fine medals. This is
important because there was a firm in Rochester by the name
Metal Arts -- with an "s" -- and by adding the "s" you could
confuse your listener or reader. Medallic Art Company is still
in business (in Dayton, Nevada); Metal Arts is no longer in
NEW MINT ARTISTS HAVE A LOT TO LEARN
Dick Johnson writes: "To answer Charles Danek, the L.A.
artist named to the Mints Artistic Infusion Program: Perhaps
the Janvier reducing machine is not what you think it is. Are
you searching for a machine only to reduce your bas-relief
models? The Janvier can do this, yes, but its primarily use
is to cut a die (from a three-dimensional bas-relief pattern).
From your clay model, a plaster cast is made, from that
plaster cast a hard-surface pattern is made -- either by
electrodeposition to form a galvano, or by casting in epoxy.
This is what is mounted on a Janvier for a tracing point to
traverse its surface and transmit this image pantographically to
a cutting point that exactly duplicates that relief in a steel die.
You cannot put clay or plaster on a Janvier it must be a
There are other brands of die-engraving pantographs,
each with its own distinctive characteristics. The Janvier, for
example, starts with the tracing point at the center of the
pattern, and the cutting point at the center of the die and
both transverse outwards. Others start at the edge and
progress inwards. Most mints and medallic companies
prefer the Janvier, however, for its ease of use, its versatility,
but most of all, for its integrity in reproducing all the detail that
is in the artist's original model.
Now there are some things the artist MUST know.
One. No undercuts in your relief; a die cannot strike overhang
-- a ten degree bevel is absolutely required on the sides of all
your relief for the die to strike and withdraw.
Two. No areas of deep depression surrounded by tall relief --
in a die these deep areas are tiny tall projections and are
vulnerable to breaking off.
Three. Be aware of the high points of your design; these will
be where the coin or medal will wear. (For large medals it is
even recommended to put three equally high points on the reverse,
these will be support points to bear the weight of the medal
when it rests on any surface. Of course these points will wear
first, but they will protect the rest of the reverse design from
Often these high points can be incorporated into the design so
they appear inconspicuously.)
Four. Be aware of the border on your design. For coins, all
your relief must be below the height of the border. Borders on
medals do not require this but are more for the human hand to
hold it for a large medal consider making a border of several
elements, levels and shapes this aids humans tactile ability to
hold on to it.
Five. Place a flange around your model, say two inches in
width (this aids fastening the pattern onto the reducing machine).
Six. Be super-aware of the height of your relief.
Seven. Ask for specific instructions from the mint or medallic
company concerning the limits of this relief height and as many
other particulars as possible. Ask if it is to be struck in proof
surface or not. Once you are proficient, you could even ask
about the kind of press in which the coin or medal will be
struck, as the design you create in your studio could even
eliminate problems in striking later on."
NUMISMATICS AND RIOTS
Steve Pellegrini writes: "When thinking about the incidence of
Riots on Medals I immediately thought of the 1478 medal by
Bertolo di Giovaanni which commemorates the Florence riot
instigated by the Pazzi conspirators to cover the assassination
attempt on the Medici brothers, Lorenzo and Giuliano. In fact
only Giuliano was killed. Lorenzo escaped with only a flesh
wound. Stephen Scher, in his beautiful book 'The Currency
of Fame' has assigned this medal #41 - and included photos
of the historical piece on pp. 129 & 130.
Another example of medals, or rather a tokens with riotous
connections are the Middlesex Conder Tokens issued by
Thomas Spence featuring the portrait of Mendoza, the popular
prize fighter of 1790-1810 London. During the 'Old Prices'
riots in Covent Garden in Sept.- December 1809 Mendoza
and his boxing colleagues were hired by harassed theatre
owner John Kemble. Kemble hired Mendoza and his boxing
cronies to help keep order in the theater on performance nights.
The boxers were prominently seated (free of charge) where all
the theater-goers could not fail to see them. Should any 'New
Prices' dissenters begin to disrupt the performance Mendoza
and his boxers very publicly made swift work of them.
During this period prize fighting was dominated by Jewish
boxers, much as was US boxing during the hard immigration
years of the early 20th century. The anti-Semitic allusions found
on these 'Old Price Riot' tokens stem from Kemble's
employment of these Jewish boxers to suppress further rioting."
S. E. COE SOUGHT
Saul Teichman forwarded the following request from
Richard Frajola of Ranchos De Taos, NM:
"I just purchased a stamped cover from the mid 1860's
because it is addressed to Elliot Woodward, who I know a
little bit about. Apparently from the docket it enclosed a
letter about a 1794 dollar from somebody named S.E. Coe
in Mohawk, New York. Does that name ring any bells with
our readers? Who was S.E. Coe?"
JULIAN'S POLITICAL/SATIRICAL MEDALS
Steve Pellegrini writes: "Over the last few years I have slowly
but surely been assembling a set of R.W. Julian's series of
Political-Satirical medals from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Each year a different medal with a different topic and featuring
the portrait of a different great American.was struck. The
gallery included Washington, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt,
etc. Each was available in two different metals: Bronze and
I've just about completed the entire set but have come to a
screeching halt at the very last medal in the series, the 'Gen.
Macarthur' medal. I imagine this medal, in either composition,
is the 'key' to the series. As this issue seems so elusive I
wonder was this medal produced in far smaller numbers than
the others in the series? And if that's the case, what were the
mintages for the Macarthur medal? Is anyone familiar with
the minutia of this great American series? If there is any info
among the membership please email me at
ginocatt at comcast.net."
BISON RANCHER QUESTIONS HORNS
A Saturday, May 1st article in the Kansas Star cites
a bison rancher's complaint about the proposed design
for the Kansas quarter.
"The state animal will need a little cosmetic surgery if it's
chosen as the design for the Kansas quarter."
"In the design, the animal's horns point forward. A real
bison's horns point up.
"This my pet peeve about artists," former buffalo rancher
Don Carbaugh said. "They assume buffalo have horns like
cattle. But they're built differently."
"But if the error isn't corrected, he said, "It'd just be an
embarrassment. They'll probably turn into a collector's item.
They sure screwed up there."
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