The E-Sylum v25n43 October 23, 2022

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The E-Sylum
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Volume 25, Number 43, October 23, 2022
** DAVID LISOT (1953-2022) <#a08>
** CHAUNCEY LEE (1763-1842) <#a15>


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New subscribers this week include:
John Torres, courtesy Chris McCawley; 
IBNS and ANA member Brian Keller, 
James Haas, 
Kevin Harvey, and
Donna Moon.
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This week we open with four new books, (sadly) another obituary, 
updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, notes from readers and more.

Other topics this week include sculptor Hermon MacNeil, the Oriental Numismatic Society, American Silver Eagles, reeded edge half dollars, Boss Tweed, Chauncey Lee, multiple fixed-price and auction selections, numismatic diaries from Nummis Nova and the PAN show, Hobo nickels, and coin stacking.

To learn more about the Pan-American Exposition Medal of Award,  Portuguese Guinea banknotes, Maldives Local Coins, Auctions West, 
numismatic uses for Photoshop, the Canada Vexator Token, North Carolina Nationals,  Confederate Bonds, the Salt City Coin Book, and West African Manilla, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

Wayne Homren 
Editor, The E-Sylum






Bob Van Ryzin alerted us to a new book by Jim Haas on sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil, the creator of the Standing Liberty Quarter and other numismatic products.  Thanks.



American Sculptor In the Broad, Bright Daylight

by James E. Haas

Hermon Atkins MacNeil has been written about in a variety of anthologies of American sculpture with brief, sometime quite serious essays, but never in a full book. Through the use of sound and thorough scholarship, Hermon Atkin MacNeil: American Sculptor in the Broad, Bright Daylight is the first comprehensive, straight-forward accounting of his life. He was born in 1866 and died in 1947. Producing more than 250 sculptural creations, he was one of the most accomplished and highly respected sculptors of his era, with a world-wide reputation for outstanding work. But to his neighbors in College Point, Queens, New York, where he lived and worked for forty-five years, what he did was equivalent to being an electrician or a school teacher, just a career, nothing special. 

The book delves into the details of his major and even not so major commissions, how each of his many works of art came into existence, and how they were seen through the eyes of his contemporaries, friends, writers, and critics who expressed opinions of his works within the context of the times in which they lived. Every day, in cities and towns across America, people pass by monuments, reliefs on buildings, or even glance at the face of a coin and never consider the human beings that brought them into existence, the discussions about the symbolism of the piece or even its placement. This book brings all of this to life, including details of the political and historical environment of the era, the accolades and the rejections. 

Included are endearing personal stories about this extraordinary artist's family, friends and background. In addition to a parallel narrative detailing the creative life of his wife Carol Brooks MacNeil, much attention is paid to her fellow women sculptors and the challenges they faced. Including over 200 photographs and images, this is a book to be read and enjoyed by art lovers, especially those with an interest in sculpture, and to be available in the reference library of every art school, college and university, as well as each city or town where one or more of his works is on display.

About The Author
James E. Haas has written five books on the history of College Point, New York. This Gunner at His Piece: College Point, NY and the Civil War with Biographies of the Men Who Served. It was followed by Conrad Poppenhusen: The Life of a German-American Industrial Pioneer, St. Fidelis Parish in College Point, NY: The First Seventy-Five Years, 1856-1931, To Honor Fallen Heroes: How a Small, German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War and Conrad Poppenhusen: The Man Who Made Combs and Founded a Town – a Biography for Young Readers ages 9 to 12. Born and raised in College Point, and a graduate of St. John's University, he lives with his wife Lynne in Severna Park, Maryland.

Author Haas provided these additional notes and images.  Thank you!

The book is 313 pages long and contains over 200 photographs. Tracing his life from his earliest years through the various stages of his education, professional and personal life, I write about the medals he designed, his Quarter, and how important to his career was his uncle Henry Mitchell.

I believe Henry Mitchell played some role in his interest in medals, as may have Henri Chapu, a master in low relief who taught medallic art at the Académie Julian. He was MacNeil’s teacher in 1889-1890.



If anyone is responsible for MacNeil’s development in this métier, it would have to be Karl Bitter who I suggest asked him to design the Medal of Award for the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo, 1901. Indians appear on this medal, along with the Hopi Prayer for Rain.  MacNeil’s award of the first Rinehart scholarship, a distinction shared with Alexander Phimister Proctor, was heavily influenced by the twenty-three Indian pieces he fashioned during the summer of 1895 in the southwest. He also did a prospector and a cowboy, but it was the Indian who had “caught his fancy.


There are those who believe that MacNeil should have not veered from that which brought him to fame, but as much as the classical beauty surrounding him captivated Hermon, he could not, nor did he want to get the Indian out of his soul. That being said, his objective in life was to earn his living through his art and like many artists, he diversified, not necessarily by choice, but by opportunity and his own need to expand his artistic horizons.


As fate would have it, his last large-scale work, an equestrian, was not that of an Indian, nor a cowboy, but that of a horseman, a Pony Express rider dedicated in St. Joseph, MO in 1940. He thought of it one of his best. 

For more information, or to order, see:



Hermon Atkins MacNeil: American Sculptor In the Broad, Bright Daylight




Owen Linzmayer edits The Banknote Book, a useful, constantly updated electronic reference published by CDN Publishing. The chapter on the banknotes of Portuguese Guinea is now available  to active subscribers.

CDN is proud to announce the initial publication of this 27-page catalog covering 310 varieties of notes issued by the Banco Nacional Ultramarino (National Overseas Bank) from 1909 to 1971. This chapter features up-to-date and accurate pricing for these scarce issues. As always, full-color images are included throughout. 

Subsequent issues are covered in the Guinea-Bissau chapter, already published. Collectors are also advised that this chapter should be used in conjunction with the Banco Nacional Ultramarino Signature Varieties chapter to view and understand the myriad signatures found on these notes. 

Subscribers, please log in to 

Greysheet to access the Portuguese Guinea chapter.

To read the complete article, see: 

Portuguese Guinea Chapter of The Banknote Book Published






Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society Editor Dr. Paula Turner submitted this information about the Autumn 2022 issue. Thank you.


A Letter from Your Secretary General 

Pankaj Tandon

A Brief Note on Two Newly Discovered Denominations of Eucratides I Megas: Tridrachms and Pentadrachms 

Chenyu (David) Zeng

A Not So ‘Unfortunate’ Kushano-Sasanian Coin

by Joe Cribb, Hans Loeschner, René Traum and Klaus Vondrovec

Re-reading a Silver Coin of Ancient Arakan and the Chronology of the Chandra Kings

 Md Shariful Islam and Joe Cribb

An Analytical Examination of Georgian–Sasanian Coins and Their
Meaning in Numismatics 

Jonathan Ouellet

King Mindon’s Early Coinages 

Jun Li	

ONS News

	Pakistan Region Meeting 7 August 2022

Book notice

Copper Coins of Muscat and Oman dated AH 1311–1316 (1893–1899 CE)

by Scott E. Cordry

Book reviews

Chinese Numismatics: The world of Chinese money  

by Helen Wang, François Thierry and Lyce Jankowski with an introduction by Joe Cribb

Maldives Local Coins 1070-1331 AH – AD 1660-1913

by Peter Budgen

A Letter from Your Secretary General

Dear ONS members,

I write these words to you from Warsaw, Poland, as the International Numismatic Congress winds down on its last day. It is a rare time to meet colleagues and friends from all over the world and to forge new ties with scholars working on similar topics or sharing some common interests. Also, of course, it is a time to hear about new research in many different fields of numismatics. I personally feel very inspired to move forward on our Society’s project to construct an oriental coins database, having heard what strides are being made in the building of online databases for many other types of coinage.

Traditionally, the congress is also marked by the release of a publication, the Survey of Numismatic Research, which offers overviews of the numismatic research findings for the last six (this time, seven) years. In the past this has been a printed publication. This year, however, while a paper version is still available, the Survey is being offered as a free downloadable PDF at I count at least 14 chapters of relevance to our members; be sure to check it out.

The sessions on oriental coins were of course of prime interest at the congress. Below is a complete list of the papers relevant to our members. They are listed in the order in which they appeared on the congress schedule so that presentations on similar topics are listed together.
As you can see, it was a rich and varied selection of present-ations, making for a very interesting five days. A highlight of the congress was the informal ONS reception held at the National Museum and organized by the head of the coin department there, Andrzej Romanowski, with the assistance of member Emilia Smagur. About 30 people (including a few prospective new members!) gathered to chat and socialize over snacks and drinks. Our thanks to Andrzej and Emilia for their hospitality.
Finally, mark your calendars! The next congress will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, in September 2027.

With warm regards, Pankaj Tandon 

For more information, see:



Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing passed along this piece by Dave Bowers on the new book on American Silver Eagles by Josh McMorrow-Hernandez.  Thanks.

Whitman Publishing’s new Guide Book of American Silver Eagles, by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, will debut this December, available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide. Here, Q. David Bowers, the namesake of Whitman’s popular “Bowers Series” of numismatic reference books (of which McMorrow-Hernandez’s work is no. 27), reviews the new volume and shares some thoughts on American Silver Eagles.

As 2022 enters the holiday season, Whitman Publishing is releasing the first edition of the Guide Book of American Silver Eagles—and I say “first edition” because I’m certain many more will follow! The bullion coin series it covers has been with us for more than 35 years, and shows no sign of slowing down.

There’s something to be said for longevity in the hobby of coin collecting. The Bowers Series of reference books—of which this is volume 27—will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary, and I myself have been in numismatics as a hobbyist and a professional for 70 years.

Maybe you’re new to the hobby yourself, and American Silver Eagles are your gateway to the fun and excitement. Or you might be a longtime collector, and these coins are a series you’ve collected for decades, or one you’re just beginning to explore. Whatever your experience level, you have a talented guide in Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, who shares insight to help you understand and appreciate American Silver Eagles. Read and learn from Josh’s book, and you can build a beautiful and valuable collection of your own.

Josh himself is no newcomer to the hobby. He’s written about coins for many years, as a freelance journalist, a market reporter, and a book author. His enthusiasm for American Silver Eagles is contagious!


In 1986, the year the American Eagle bullion program was launched, Florence M. Schook was president of the American Numismatic Association. My own term as president had just ended. Florence emphasized, as I always have, the importance of knowledge in the hobby, more than just buying and selling, and she dedicated her energy to educating collectors, especially young collectors. She would be pleased to see the growth in the number of coin-related books published since then, certainly in the past 20 years.

American Silver Eagles deserve their own books among the hobby’s literature. They’re popular—any program that sells 600 million or more coins is an unqualified barnburner! And they appeal to a variety of interests. Maybe you’re an investor or speculator, looking to build a reserve of precious metal. American Silver Eagles fill the bill nicely. You could be a hobbyist who collects from pocket change and has never bought a “rare” coin before, and be drawn in by the American Silver Eagle’s attractive designs. If you like challenging and interesting series, American Silver Eagles boast Proof coins of flawless quality, rarities that make the 1909-S V.D.B. cent look common, and many innovative new finishes and formats to collect. And if you’re a history buff, as I am, the American Silver Eagles beckon. They were born in a fascinating numismatic era and they connect to many points of national and international historical interest.

I remember in 1985 I was introduced at a symposium as “one of the leading figures in the coin industry.” This prompted me to reply that I don’t consider myself an industrialist—someone who presides over factories and loading docks and railroad connections. Instead, I consider myself to be a professional numismatist. I might be industrious, but I’m not an industrialist! In the same era of 1985, 1986, 1987, as the American Eagle program was in planning and then got underway, more and more newcomers to coin-collecting were expressing interest in investment and price appreciation. A senior numismatist at my firm, Bowers and Merena Galleries, shared with me typical questions he was hearing from people just entering the hobby: “What kind of profits will I see next year on coins I buy today? What newsletters should I subscribe to if I want to maximize my investment? What coin series is the hottest now? What will be hot tomorrow?”

In the Guide Book of American Silver Eagles, Josh McMorrow-Hernandez explores the almost unique collector/investor energy that these coins enjoy—part of what sells them in the millions. Not only do they capture the eyes and imaginations of hobbyists, but they also appeal to investors and speculators, the “silver bugs” and “stackers” attracted to their precious-metal content. This two-audiences-in-one appeal isn’t entirely unique: There’s another coin series that shares the same high level of popularity among both collectors and investors. That coin is the classic Morgan silver dollar of 1878 to 1921, a personal favorite of mine. Inside his delightful new book, Josh shows us why many collectors and dealers consider the American Silver Eagle to be “the Morgan dollar of today.”

Get ready to immerse yourself in one of the biggest and most important coinage programs of modern times. There’s a lot to learn in the Guide Book of American Silver Eagles, and fun to be had while collecting. Enjoy!

#       #      #

A Guide Book of American Silver Eagles, first edition.

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez; foreword by Q. David Bowers.

ISBN 0794849792. Softcover, 6 x 9 inches, 384 pages, full color.

Retail $29.95 U.S.


To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 




Steve Woodland submitted this review of Serge Pelletier's new book Numismatics for Everyone.  Thank you!

Book Review: Numismatics for Everyone / La numismatique pour tous

by Steve Woodland, CD, P. Eng., FRCNA

Title: Numismatics for Everyone = La numismatique pour tous

Author: Serge Pelletier

Publisher: Lighthouse Publications (Canada)

ISBN: 978-2-9821129-0-2

Size: Letter

Greyscale pages: 470

Colour pages: 64

Binding: Adhesive

Suggested retail price: 86.95 CAD; 79.95 USD; 78.95 EUR

Ever wonder about the meaning of something that appears on a coin, bank note, medal, or token? The answer can now
be found in Serge Pelletier’s Numismatics for Everyone / La numismatique pour tous, the latest addition to his long list of
numismatic publications.

This new release is a bilingual English-French compendium of numismatics with over 16,000 entries that run the gamut
of the numismatic spectrum. The comprehensive volume was designed and written to appeal equally to collectors,
students, and researchers at all levels, from beginner to professional.


Published by Lighthouse Publications Canada, the book contains 470 pages of text and 64 plates of high-quality colour
images. Entries are organized alphabetically, with special sections on numismatic abbreviations, numbers and symbols,
world alphabets, and much more. Easy to read and understand, the text, images, and tables deliver an in-depth and
systematic overview of world numismatics.

This invaluable book is the result of some 25 years of research and compilation. It is a companion reference to Pelletier’s
2008 The Canadian Numismatic Dictionary / Le dictionnaire canadien de numismatique and his defining series of
catalogues on Canadian municipal trade tokens.

Pelletier holds a B.A. in Translation, is a 31-year military veteran, and is currently the Canadian representative on several
international military terminology committees.


His numismatic writing, which includes hundreds of articles in numismatic publications worldwide, has been formally
recognized with awards from the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, Numismatics International, and the
Numismatic Literary Guild. He is also an award-winning editor at the regional and national level.

Pelletier is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, the Canadian Numismatic Research Society, and the
Ontario Numismatic Association. He is also a recipient of the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, the highest award in Canadian

The book is now available directly from the publisher at and will soon be available
from your favourite dealer.




John Ferreri provided this follow-up report on the recent NENA book-signing event.  Thanks!  These events are a great opportunity to meet and speak with top numismatic researchers and writers.  The first photo is Manuel Ayala, author of Connecticut Trade Tokens.  See the previous E-Sylum article (linked below) for information on the books and where to purchase them.

The bi-annual Coin and Currency Expo sponsored by EBW Promotions, LLC  (  was held in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday-Saturday October 14-15.  The spacious facility had 120 dealer booths and the New England Numismatic Association (NENA) sponsored its first Book Signing event there on Friday featuring numismatic authors and a Young Numismatist program on Saturday.  Exhibit competition was also overseen and judged by NENA. 

Authors wishing to take part in the next book signing event next Fall are asked to  please contact John Ferreri at 

johnnybanknote at




Peter Jones with two customers


Peter Jones, Neil Musante, Kevin Lafond and Manuel Ayala


John  Frost & NENA President Bill Harkins


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DAVID LISOT (1953-2022)

Many of us were shocked and saddened this week to hear the news of the passing of David Lisot, the longtime numismatic videographer who captured so many great people, presentations and events at coin shows around the country. His videos were regularly featured here in The E-Sylum and most are thankfully archived for all to see on the Newman Numismatic Portal.  He died last Saturday morning following complications from minor surgery.  Thanks to Mitch Ernst and others for passing along the news.

Bill Rosenblum writes:

"We were supposed to share a table at the Denver Coin Show last week but he called me on Tuesday morning to inform me that he was in the hospital with kidney stones. I then talked to him a few more times last week and he was complaining that he was still in the hospital but hoped to be released on Friday. 

"Here are some thoughts about one of my oldest friends in numismatics. 

"I first met David in the summer or fall of 1971. His father O. L. (Larry), mother Dottie and siblings Dan and Becky had moved from Houston to Littleton earlier that year for work purposes but they allowed David to stay to finish his senior year of high school. I had just moved to Denver in June and was buying and selling coins (mostly Israeli and Palestinian) around the Denver area. I most likely met him at the Englewood Coin Center while he was there buying Israeli coins. We've been good friends for over 50 years!

"He continued to buy and sell coins and banknotes on a part-time basis while going to the University of Colorado in Boulder. He used to ride his motorcycle to my office on Saturdays where we talked numismatics etc. for hours at the time. After he graduated from CU he went to see someone in the placement office at the school looking for some direction for job possibilities for him. David had a degree in Philosophy and the person who spoke with gave him a list of Boulder restaurants that were hiring waiters. My son, who is an academic, says that today many businesses are hiring humanities graduates (especially Philosophy majors) as they seem to adapt better to the 21st century work environment.

"Luckily David didn't do that but moved to Southern California where he first worked (I think first) at Jonathan's as their world coin specialist. Jonathan's was at that time a hotbed coin store for rising young numismatists in Inglewood near LAX. He later opened a store called Collectorama on Century Blvd. which sold many different collectibles. In the early 80's he held a number of auctions (as Auctions West) in conjunction with the Society of International Numismatists (SIN) conventions. Around that time he also had a daily show on the Financial News Network about numismatics. 5 minutes Monday through Friday. 

"He had taken a course (or some courses) at a modeling studio and while I don't think he ever modeled, he learned to be comfortable in front of a camera. And then he learned to be comfortable behind the camera as well. In the early 1980s he moved back to Boulder and began taping conversations with dealers in numismatics and other collectibles. I remember David taping conversations with me and also with another Bill who owned Bill's Sports Collectibles on South Broadway in Denver, one of the first sports Collectibles shops in Colorado. Those first tapings started his company Advision, later he started CoinTelevision which is the banner he had bourse tables under in recent years. He once told a mutual friend that he must have been the most educated man in numismatics because of how many educational seminars and club programs he covered. 

"Along the way he was a co-founder of CoinWeek, he popularized his "Cool Coins" takes and interviewed most of the legendary numismatists of the past 40 years. For all he did for our hobby and community I have been a bit perplexed that each year that Coin World has published their special edition of the 100 most important people in numismatics that David was never mentioned. 

"I know many of those people and some are friends and I know I'm biased but David belonged in that group. My wife Rita and I, along with our children, Brian and Sarah, considered the entire Lisot family close friends of ours and both families included each other in parties and cookouts. David's parents Larry and Dottie, his sister Becky, his brother Dan were family to us. And his cousin Bob who lived near us in the foothills outside of Denver, Dottie's sister Diane and many of David's fraternity brothers from his days in Boulder; all were family.

"Just some of my memories of my friend David."

Blaine Shiff writes:

"I had the thorough pleasure of sitting with him at a recent PAN dinner.  His mind was nimble, and his demeanor was kind.  This is a real loss to the numismatic realm."

Chriss Hoffman writes:

"Such sad news, he was a great friend and contributor to all numismatic organizations, always there with his cameras, recording for us to share."

Cindy Wibker of Florida United Numismatists (FUN) writes:

"David was kind and thoughtful, a real gentleman.  He had my highest respect as a man, as well as a videographer.  I have worked exclusively with David for 30 years as he handled all of FUN's radio and television advertising and recorded all of our educational seminars and other special events.  I will miss him greatly on both a personal and professional level.  We've lost one of our best. "

Peter Huntoon writes:

"David filled a unique niche in numismatics and will be missed. I was surprised and saddened to learn he died."

John and Nancy Wilson writes:

"It is hard to believe that once again we lost one of the stalwarts in our numismatic hobby David Lisot.  Nancy served on the ANA Board with David and she said his service was always for the betterment of the ANA and or numismatic hobby.  Over the many years David taped educational programs, coin shows and individuals our numismatic world now has an ever lasting treasure trove of all these wonderful programs or events that he has video taped.  You will not only find them at but also the Newman Portal.  David was a superb videographer and the work he did in the numismatic hobby would be equal to any work done by a Hollywood cameraman.  

"Like many of you reading this we were fortunate to have David video tape many of our programs throughout the years.  David and Debbie set up at tables around the country and it was always nice to visit with them.  He always had his camera "ready to go" behind his table   He was always friendly, honest, knowledgeable and always had a smile on his face.  Everyone who met David always had kind words to say about him.  Over the years David was the recipient of many awards and honors from organizations such as the ANA, FUN, CSNS and others.  David was a good friend and left us way too soon.  All of our prayers and thoughts for Debbie and his two children. "

Len Augsburger alerted me to this CoinWeek Podcast where Charles Morgan discusses his work with David.


To listen to the Podcast, see: 

CoinWeek Podcast: #168: Remembering David Lisot, CoinWeek Co-Founder


Rick Lank writes:

"Unbelievable news…  Becky and I so enjoyed working with him at the May Show – he treated us like old friends – we had the honor to have David film several programs with us working with “Honest Abe” and “Uncle Billy” (General W.T. Sherman), as well as Bob Evans (SS Central America).  He has left us an enormous legacy of great numismatic media work.

"Here is a photo of David at work at last Fall’s PAN Show.  R.I.P., our friend."


Dennis Tucker writes:

"It’s hard to believe he’s gone. 

"Every loss within the hobby community is a burden, but some people touch so many lives that their passing feels even heavier. David was one of those hobby stalwarts who everybody knows. You'd see him at every convention. It felt like he'd be around forever. Then he’s gone and you think, why didn’t I run across the bourse and say hello last time?

"He taught me some tricks for being interviewed on camera --- like, button your suit jacket, it will make you look slimmer!

"David was always a complete professional, and a “non-anxious presence” in the tumult of the typical coin show. Most people aren’t used to public speaking, and being filmed can add to the anxiety. I remember his warmth and good humor, gently guiding speakers through their nervousness if they misspoke or if some minor glitch popped up: “Don’t worry, we call this cinéma vérité.”"

In a Coin World article, Paul Gilkes wrote:

"After spending a number of years as a coin dealer in California, Colorado and Texas, Mr. Lisot transitioned to videography in 1986. In 1999, he founded CoinTelevision.

"Mr. Lisot held memberships in at least 10 numismatic organizations, including the American Numismatic Association, Central States Numismatic Society, Professional Numismatists Guild, and the National Silver Dollar Roundtable, which recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

"Mr. Lisot is survived by his companion, Debbie Lovell; two siblings; two children; and a grandchild."

To read the complete Coin World article, see: 

Hobby videographer David Lisot, 69, dies after minor surgery


Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger writes:

"Under sponsorship of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, David Lisot began digitizing his extensive catalog, from 1983 forward, in 2017. By the end of the following year, over 1,500 videos were freely available on Newman Portal, and this grew to 2,000 videos in 2019. Lisot continued to deliver videos from current shows, and today the Newman Portal collection consists of 2,662 videos produced by Lisot.

"In addition to offering an incomparably broad view of the hobby, these videos served as an introduction to hobby figures I had heard about but never met. Somehow it was easier to put John J. Ford, Jr. into context when you heard the thick New York accent and saw with your own eyes the street-smart confidence that he conveyed. Walter Breen, another person I never met, comes across as more thoughtful but not the least bit shy about editorializing. Lisot produced multiple presentations delivered by Eric P. Newman, who I did not meet until he was 98 years old. The video of Newman in his younger years more strongly portrayed not only his innate curiosity, but also his determination to get to the bottom of whatever it was that so fascinated him.

"David was always a gentleman to work with, and his willingness to single-handedly transport A/V equipment to coin and currency shows throughout the country, for nearly 40 years, speaks for itself. This was a truly a labor of love, and future generations will enjoy a view of the hobby that simply could not be communicated through the written word. Moreover, David was committed to archiving his own work, and, without his dedication to such a tedious task, this definitive video record might not have been preserved, much less be available on-demand from any connected screen in the world. David’s work will continue to enlighten future generations, and the hobby is truly in his debt. He will be missed.

"The easiest way to explore the Lisot videos on Newman Portal is to select the content type “multimedia” on the advanced search page and enter a name or topic in the “search term” box. “Living History” is a useful search term that links to a series of 1980s interviews with well-known figures including Chet Krause, Eva Adams, Mary Brooks, Harry Forman, and others."

Link to David Lisot videos on Newman Portal:

Link to Advanced Search on Newman Portal:

Thanks, everyone.  Another sad day for numismatics. At right is a tribute poster PAN President Tom Uram mounted and displayed at this week's PAN show in Pittsburgh this past week.  Please see the next article in this issue for the video where Ben Franklin turned the tables on David and interviewed HIM on camera.

I'm still in shock. I'd spoken with David at most of the recent PAN and Whitman Baltimore shows, and was looking forward to seeing him again at the PAN show.  His loss leaves a hole in the numismatic landscape.  David was one of the few Truly Good-Hearted People of the hobby.  Lord, he will be missed.


The David Lisot Video Library on the Newman Numismatic Portal can be found at:

Here's a real table-turner - David became the interviewee!
This was published in The E-Sylum December 12, 2021.
Well worth watching.


David Lisot Interviewed by Ben Franklin 

at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Convention 2021.
VIDEO: 16:09.

Patrick McBride, Ben Franklin, Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, David Lisot, October 29, 2021. 

Imagine being interviewed by Benjamin Franklin! Entrepreneur and veteran coin reporter for David Lisot had just that opportunity at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists on October 29, 2021. Mr. Franklin asks David about his extraordinary experience videotaping the numismatic hobby. He delves into the intricacy of David’s s experiences and what were the most important aspects. If you want to see David Lisot who championed preserving the history of numismatics for more than 40 years on video then watch this interview!

We should all be grateful to PAN, Pat McBride and his friend Ben Franklin for this impromptu interview, which is now a great source of information on David's life and career.  For information on his family, see the earlier article David wrote about his father Oliver, who was a collector and dealer of paper money and other historical items. 

The video is also available for viewing on the Coin Television YouTube Channel at:

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The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is Koenings’ Reeded Edge Half Newsletter. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report.


Newman Portal Adds Jim Koenings’ Reeded Edge Half Newsletter 

Jim Koenings continues to archive the Reeded Edge (1836-1839) half dollar issues, publishing installments on a monthly basis, each of which is dedicated to a single die marriage within the series. The latest issue, #42, covers the 1839 GR-8 variety, referencing the die marriages as published by Dick Graham in A Registry of Die Varieties of Reeded Edge Half Dollars (2012). In total, Graham identified a total of 55 marriages in this short-lived series. Koenings’ work serves as a useful companion to the Graham reference, adding data on market appearances, rarity, and censes of individual marriages. The Koenings’ work is issued electronically, which more easily supports the expanded content that might not be included in typical die marriage references.

Image: 1839 Reeded Edge Half, GR-8, with rotated dies, as profiled in the October 15, 2022 issue of Koenings’ Reeded Edge Half Newsletter. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Link to Koenings’ Reeded Edge Half Newsletter on Newman Portal:



Michael Kodysz submitted these thoughts on another use for Photoshop in numismatics.  The images on the left are his animated .gif files, but I'm not sure these will work for most E-Sylum readers, so I've included an end-state image on the right as well as a link below to a site where you may be able to see the animation.  Check it out. Nicely done.

I would like to follow up on Bill Eckberg’s piece discussing the use of Photoshop as an analytical tool. I’ve used Photoshop “overlays” with images of ancient coins to confirm die links, but I’ve never used color in the way that he has. His example showing that the 1792 disme and 1793 half cent dies were produced from the same obverse hub has been enlightening.

Aside from Photoshop’s use in the more scientific endeavor of confirming die or hub linkages, I would like to share with your readers ways in which I’ve found the software to be useful for education. For example, as part of a talk I presented about coins of the Severan Dynasty, I used Photoshop to overlay images of three denarii of Emperor Geta, all struck from the same reverse die. My intent was not to demonstrate the obvious die linkage between the coins, but to illustrate how circulation wear affects the details of a design. Each coin is in a different state of wear, and I used Photoshop to create an animated GIF showing the reverse design transitioning from a state of lesser to greater wear. I achieved this effect by sequentially fading the upper layers into the lower layers.

In the same presentation I used Photoshop for the purpose of clarifying a rather complex reverse design on a sestertius of Caracalla. The catalog description is:

Septimius Severus and Caracalla (and Geta in background, just visible between them) standing left in military dress, holding transverse spears in left hands; before them, two soldiers, one standing facing holding vertical spear, the other standing facing, head left, holding vertical standard; at the feet of the soldiers, captive seated right.

It would be a challenge to identify all the components of this design on a well-struck, uncirculated or extra-fine example using just the naked eye, even with magnification. But on my coin, circulation wear, encrustations, and a severe double strike all contribute to obfuscating the scene, and the written legend surrounding it, even more.  

In Photoshop I used color to highlight the individual letters in the legend, as well as the human figures in the design, making the coin much easier to read. I also added text labels to identify the figures in the scene as specific individuals corresponding to the catalog description. In my presentation I included only still images on separate slides showing the raw coin and then the color-enhanced version, but I’ve combined them in an animated GIF to show here.

I hope Mr. Eckberg’s discussion of his analytical uses for Photoshop, and my examples showing some educational or illustrative uses, might inspire others to explore ways to harness this powerful software for numismatic uses. 

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 

On Photoshop As an Analytical Tool




Nothing gets past E-Sylum readers, a sharp-eyed bunch.
Here's the commentary around Michael Merrill's altered fractional currency portrait.

Rex Stark writes:

"The altered note shown is not just an "old man". I'm certain it's intended to be the infamous and thoroughly corrupt William Marcy "Boss" Tweed of New York City."

James Higby writes:

"When I saw the illustration in last week's E-Sylum, I immediately thought back to one that had been in my American history textbook from high school.  The corpulent fellow was "Boss" Tweed.  I wonder if that was the intent of the alteration."


Bill Dalzell of 
Classical Numismatic Group  writes:

"I'm sure I'm only adding my voice to a growing chorus of comments, but the altered fractional note recently highlighted in The E-Sylum is much more interesting than an aging portrait of Secretary of the Treasury William Meredith. It's certainly intended to be a caricature of Boss Tweed, head of the infamous Tammany Hall political machine in New York City."


Bill provided this political cartoon by Thomas Nast.

For the complete cartoon, see: 

Boss Tweed: 'Two Great Questions'


Thanks also to Erik Goldstein of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Stuart Weinerman, who also caught the reference.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 16, 2022 : Altered Fractional Currency Portrait



Michael Merrill adds:

"Who would have thought this would have turned out to be “Boss” Tweed?  Cheers to the unknown artist and those history buffs who recognized this handsome dude!"


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 Sylvester Sage Crosby's FindaGrave Page 
Steve Tompkins writes:

"I saw the note and picture of the S.S. Crosby headstone and noticed the remarks that the grave was not on Findagrave. As I belong to that organization and have listed many thousands of graves on the site, many of my family, but several complete cemeteries found in the areas around where my ancestors lived and died, I took the liberty of adding Crosby's grave and that of his 2nd wife. I also linked Sylvester to his father and his 1st wife's listings."

Per Steve's suggestion, I alerted Mark Vitunic, who uploaded his photo of the headstone. Thanks, everyone. 

To read the updated Find a Grave page, see: 

Sylvester Sage Crosby


To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see: 



Sylvester Sage Crosby's Resting Place


 J.S.G. Boggs Flips Us Off 
Bob Van Arsdell writes:

"Er….have you viewed the Boggs photo in last week’s E-Sylum upside down?"

Actually, I hadn't... yet.


Ken Spindler of 
San Diego writes:

"You realize what the t-shirt being worn by J.S.G. Boggs in the photo accompanying the article says, right?"

Jeff Koyen writes:

"Lol - yes,  I actually put the image in photoshop the other day."

Bob Van Arsdell adds:

"This one’s an old, old joke. The motif on his T-shirt isn’t an inscription in Hebrew. Turn it upside down and you’ll see it’s something entirely different. 

"The same motif is used on a pin-back button, usually dated to the 60s. I have one of those, but I’ve never found the motif on a token or medallion. 

"Boggs' antics will reach down through the ages!"

Just like Boggsie to be flipping us off from beyond the grave.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 



 Farouk Sale Sleeper Lot 
Rex Stark of 
Gardner, Mass writes:

"No doubt the greatest "sleeper" ever was at the 1954 "Palace Collection" sale of King Farouk's collection. A 1913 Liberty Head was buried in a generic lot spanning almost 100 years of United States nickels. Mrs. Norweb managed to have it removed and sold separately. She asked Sol Kaplan to buy it for her (which he did), but he lost her permanently as a client when he subsequently tried to con her after buying the lot. See Dave Bower's eminently entertaining "Coins and Collectors" (2014) for more details."


Thanks.  The 1933 Double Eagle was removed from a bulk lot as well.  The Farouk-Norweb 1913 Nickel is now in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 16, 2022 : On "Sleepers" in Large Auction Lots


 The Perfect Banknote 

Bob Leuver writes:

"The Queen E note pictured in The E-Sylum was excellent. Unfortunately, as a former BEP director, I value and appreciate well designed and beautiful notes—beautiful in my estimation. The Royal E note matches all my requirements, an excellent depiction of the personage, a well designed note without the detritus demanded by a committee, and an easily recognized denomination. Well done!

"We all understand the parameters which restrict BEP in the design of notes, sometimes which I must agree, but it nonetheless dulls my sense of  appreciation of US banknotes.

"I often wonder how Wendell Wolka would describe the perfect note?"

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 




Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. 

The element which gives form to something else; as a die from which a piece is struck. In striking a coin or medal, a matrix is a working die; it is negative (concave) for striking positive pieces. The matrix for striking can be made in any of three ways:  1) from a patrix, hub, or master die; (2) cut from a dieshell on a die-cutting pantograph; or (3) handcut engraving.

In diesinking a matrix is the pattern for a letter punch, called a matrix plate. Diesinkers, particularly early ones, made their own letter puncheons, and often, their own matrices. The matrix plate would be formed of hardened steel and an iron punch would be softened, pressed into the matrix plate, then it would be hardened by quenching. It could then be used to punch letters into a die.

In electroforming a matrix is also considered a pattern, the mold from which an electrogalvanic cast is made; it is wired as the cathode to form the cast by electrodeposition. The resulting galvano reproduces the matrix exactly. This matrix is also called core pattern, mandrel, or (in England) a former.

In bas-relief the matrix is the background from which the relief is formed; thus the matrix can be considered the metal (or other composition) from which the relief emanates on a cast or struck piece. In openwork it is the matrix that is removed to form open space.

To read the complete entry on the Newman Numismatic Portal, see: 



CHAUNCEY LEE (1763-1842)

American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this 
article on Chauncey Lee and the first book illustrated with an
engraving of an American coin.  Thanks!


What was the First Book to Include an Engraving of an American Coin?

A recent article discussed Sylvester Sage Crosby and the first American coin book illustrated
with photographs. The topic this week is Chauncey Lee and the first book illustrated with an
engraving of an American coin.



Chauncey Lee (1763-1842)

Chauncey Lee was born in Salisbury in the British Colony of Connecticut, on November 9, 1763.
His parents were the Reverend Jonathan Lee (1718-1788) and Love Graham (1732-1820).
Chauncey was married three times. The first was in 1795 to Abigail Stanton (1770-1805). They
had four children. As with the Crosby family, a surviving son took the name of a deceased child.
His second marriage was in February 1807 to Olive Harrison (1774-1818) and produced three
children. His final marriage on October 21, 1818 was to Rebecca Green Haynes (1773-1841) and
her second marriage.

He graduated from Yale College in 1784 and was admitted to the bar in 1786. After a few years
of law practice, he became a minister in Colebrook about 1789. In 1796 he became the principal
of Lansingburgh Academy in Troy, New York. He was a pastor at Colebrook 1800 to 1827 and
at Marlborough 1828 to 1837.

He then moved to Hartwick, New York, where he died on December 5, 1842 and is buried at
Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown, New York.

Lee wrote poetry and also was the author of The American accomptant: being a plain, practical
and systematic compendium of federal arithmetic, in three parts: designed for the use of schools,
and specially calculated for the commercial meridian of the United States of America, published
in 1797.

The book represents two firsts for American numismatics. An engraved plate frontispiece had
illustrations of six coins. One was an American small gold eagle ($10) dated 1795. The others
were a 1780 Spanish Pistole, a 1725 Portuguese Half Moidore (2000 Reis), a 1786 French
Guinea, a 1766 Portuguese Johannes and a British Guinea. This was the first printed illustration
of an American coin.

It has also been suggested that the book is the first to illustrate a dollar sign. This is controversial.
There is evidence of an earlier appearance. There is also question if the symbol in the book is
really a dollar sign. Page 56 of the book includes symbols for a cent, dime, dollar and eagle. Both
the dime and dollar are similar to the dollar sign. This was discussed in The E-Sylum in 2011.

Page 56 also had a table showing the value of the six gold coins illustrated on the Frontispiece.

Published biographies have inconsistent information. The site gives his
year of birth as 1718, his date of death as November 5, 1842, and his year of retirement as 1885.
This would add him to the list of hundred-year-old numismatists and also one who worked until
he was 166 years old. As an experienced researcher, I tend to mistrust such information.

To read the book on the Newman Numismatic Portal, see: 

The American accomptant; being a plain, practical and systematic compendium of Federal arithmetic in three parts : designed for use in the schools, and specially calculated for the commercial meridian of the United States of America.


To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see: 








I didn't manage to get this in before the sale, but Bob Merchant recently offered an interesting counterstamped Indian Head cent. Here's the lot description.

1882 US Indian Head Cent

Countermarked "PATENTED / (7 Dates)"

The entire countermark is from a single die punch within a serrated outline.

The dates are as follows:

OCT. 7, 1879

OCT. 26, 1880

FEBY. 1, 1881

JUNE 3, 1884

MAY 12, 1885

AUG. 10, 1886

OCT. 19, 1886

Some US patent date research should uncover the issuer of this unusual countermark.

That last year might be "1896".

I reached out to Steve Bishop who knows a lot about patent records, and he wrote. "There are hundreds, if not thousands of patents issued on those dates. Without any further information about the issuer, it's impossible to know which patents are being referred to."

I didn't think the numbers would be that high, but it could be a doable challenge for a researcher with some software skills.  What are the odds of there being a single inventor with issued patents on two random dates?  
Not impossible by any means, but I would imagine pretty low. A cross-search of any two of these dates would likely zero in on the common issuer. And once a name (or names) has been identified, it would be easy to confirm with a simple lookup on the remaining dates.

To read the complete lot description, see:  

1882 US Indian Head Cent, Counterstamp "PATENTED / (7 Patent Dates)"




Here are a few selections from the online inventory of Jacob Lipson, dealer in Canadian and American tokens and independent numismatic cataloguer for Heritage Auctions.

 1658 de Levi, duc d’Ampville Medal 

46mm. 57.7 grams. Pointing hand and BRONZE on edge. Signed I. HARDY F. Struck at the Paris Mint between 1845 and 1860. This is a scarce medal featuring the portrait and arms of Francois Christopher de Levi, duc d’Ampville, who served as the ninth Viceroy of New France from 1644 to 1660. Seldom offered in any condition, this one exhibits unmarked deep brown surfaces with glossy fields and fully struck devices. An exceptional example. Stack’s offered a later restrike in 2016 (MS65 Red Brown NGC) that realized $793.13 USD.

Nice medal.

To read the complete item description, see: 

1658 de Levi, duc d’Ampville Medal, McLachlan-XV, Betts-39, Leroux-303.


 1811 Canada Vexator Token 

6.10 grams. Thick flan with rounded edges. Central definition is strong on each side with typical weakness around the peripheries. Chocolate-brown surfaces are smooth and glossy. Almost certainly better than the assigned grade; these tokens were poorly made and detail is seldom bold and never uniform.

Ex: Robinson; Coté; Warren Baker; Donald G. Partrick Collection.

Rare piece - I've never seen one in person.

To read the complete item description, see: 

1811 Canada Vexator Token, Breton-559, VC-3A1. VG10 BN NGC. Ex: Partrick.


 1837 Molson Token 

7.76 grams. An iconic Canadian token struck by Jean-Marie Arnault of Montreal and issued by Thomas and William Molson of the same city. The vast majority of Molson tokens that come to light appear in VF to XF and AU condition. Mint State examples are rare, but so are those that show signs of extensive circulation. This olive-gold example clearly circulated in the local economy. Its surfaces are smooth and problem-free, yet they retain almost full legends and bold devices with partial interior detail. Only ALL at the upper reverse is mostly illegible. An interesting and readily appealing example of this famous design.

Bottoms up!

To read the complete item description, see: 

1837 Molson Token, Breton-562, LC-16A3. Thin Flan, Reeded Edge. VG-Fine.


 1837 Lower Canada Habitant City Bank Half Penny Token 

VI in line. Obverse of Courteau-1n and Reverse of Courteau-2a. This token is gorgeous with coppery golden-brown colour that dominates each side. It is fully struck with razor-sharp detail on the Habitant’s face and the thistle. The obverse is in a late die state with numerous spindly cracks. Minimally marked.

Beautiful piece.

To read the complete item description, see: 

1837 Lower Canada Habitant City Bank Half Penny Token, Breton-522, LC-8A1. Unc Red and Brown.


 Lower Canada Banque du Peuple Rebellion Sou 

The political nature of this token with the star and Liberty cap on the reverse symbols of the Patriotes, and its Montreal origin (struck by Jean-Marie Arnault) make it one of the more popular issues in the Lower Canada series. This attractive example is strong for the VF grade level. Deep brown surfaces are glossy, if a bit unevenly struck along the left obverse border.

To read the complete item description, see: 

(1837) Lower Canada Banque du Peuple Rebellion Sou, Breton-716, LC-4A2. VF30.


 1877 Indian Cent 

A superior collector-grade example in problem-free condition. Each side shows strong detail, including a bold date, with glossy chocolate-brown surfaces. Only 852,500 examples of the 1877 Indian cent were struck, making it the singular key to the series.

Nice example of a key date.

To read the complete item description, see: 

1877 USA Indian Head Cent.


To visit Jacob's website, see: 




Numismagram's Jeremy Bostwick recently added a number of spooky, Halloween-themed medals and tokens to his website. Featuring skulls and skeletons, satyrs and demons, and even some tombstones, this haunting area of numismatics is certainly growing in popularity for its off-beat nature. For all of the new items, please visit

 102005  |  FRANCE & NETHERLANDS. Lodge La Vertu gilt silver Medal.  
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the lodge and the gunpowder explosion at Leiden (38mm x 45mm, 20.63 g, 12h). By D. P. Wilno. VIRTUTIS SOCIIS FRATERNO MORE LIGATIS PROSPERA CONTINGIT CLAUDERE LUSTRA DECEM DIE 19 OCT 5807, female personification of Leiden kneeling right, trying to hold back the Grim Reaper (as a skeleton), holding scythe; demolished city in background; altar bearing scrolls and decorated with ouroboros and 1/2 between them; in three lines in exergue, DIE 12 IAN DEUS / NOS OMNES / SERVAVIT / VIVAT LUDOVICUS NAPOLEON BENEFICUS HOLLANDIAE REX! / civic coat-of-arms; in nine lines below, DUM REPETET SUBITAM, / TIBI, REX: TUA LEIDA RUINAM, / REDDETUR GRATAE DEBITUS / URBIS AMOR. / VIRTUTIS NOMEN FRATRUM / LAUDESQUE MANEBUNT, / DUM PIETAS MISERIS / DULCE LEVAMEN ERIT. / S. S. V. D. E. Edge: Some marks at a portion of the edges, and with loop and clasp attached at the top; otherwise plain. Bramsen 669; Dirks 1933; Julius 1809. Mint State Details. Some deeper toni
 ng nearer the peripheries on the obverse, though numerous hairlines from a prior cleaning are noted. Nevertheless, extremely rare and interesting, with just 48 produced in gilt silver, and 154 in silver, one of the latter recently selling for €2,640 in September 2022. $1,895.

A massive explosion took place in the city of Leiden in January 1807 which, at the time, was a part of the Kingdom of Holland—a client state among Napoleon's exploits across Europe. Given the expectation that the kingdom would be attacked by the British, a great deal of gunpowder was ordered to be on hand, with one of the barges carrying the munitions sparking an explosion that destroyed a portion of the city and killing some 155 people. The temple of the Lodge La Vertu was located in the blast zone, hence the reference to it on this medal. Upon hearing of the destruction, the King of Holland, Louis Napoleon (Bonaparte), arrived to assist in rebuilding the city and calming the public. One such medal was made in gold for the king, while another 48 in gilt silver and 154 in silver—one less than the number of lives lost in the blast.

Sad story, not unlike the more recent explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

To read the complete item description, see: 

102005 | FRANCE & NETHERLANDS. Lodge La Vertu gilt silver Medal.


 101887  |  GERMANY. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach bronze Medal. 
Issued 1825. Commemorating the Jubilee of the Anthropologist's Doctorate (50mm, 66.73 g, 12h). By G. Loos and H. Gube in Berlin. I FR BLUMENBACH NATO GOTHAE D 11 MAII 1752 DOCT CREATO GOTTINGAE D 19 SEPT 1775, bust left / NATURAE INTERPRETI OSSA LOQUI IUBENTI PHYSIOSOPHILI GERMANICI D 19 SEPT 1825, three human skulls, as classified by Blumenbach: Caucasian, Ethiopian, and Mongolian. Edge: Plain. Storer 398; Brettauer 125. Choice Mint State. Rich glossy brown surfaces, with great reverse relief. An ever-interesting and haunting type. $695.

Blumenbach was an anthropologist from the University of Göttingen and specialized in the study and classification of human skulls from around the world—later known as craniometry. At the time of his death, he owned 245 whole skulls and fragments, along with two mummies. The term ‘caucasian’ as a descriptor of race was also derived from him, as his influential use of it in 1795 quickly caught on in scientific circles. For more information on Blumenbach and a modern analysis of his career—as well as a reference to this medallic issue—visit Nell Irvin Painter’s “Why White People Are Called ‘Caucasian?’"

Classic skull medal.

To read the complete item description, see: 

101887 | GERMANY. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach bronze Medal.


 102018  |  FRANCE. Banquet of Socialist Women satirical brass Medal.  
Issued 1848 (28mm, 6.20 g, 12h). LE DIABLE PRÉCHANT L'EVANGILE (the devil preaching the Gospels) / C'EST NOUS QUI SOMMES LES VRAIS APOTRES (it is we who are the true apostles), seminude Devil standing facing, with horns, wings, tail, and hooklike appendages / SOUVENIR / DU BANQUET FRATERNEL / DES FEMMES SOCIALISTES / LE JOUR DE NOEL / 1848 (a souvenir of the fraternal banquet of women socialists on Christmas Day) in five lines. Collignon 1015. Choice Mint State. Brassy yellow surfaces, with a great deal of brilliance. $225.

Ex J. Eric Engstrom Collection.

Though the French Revolution may have served as a republican cause for men, the sentiment didn't exactly extend to women, with the later revolution in 1848 serving to further the cause of female rights in France. Given the number of satirical medals issued at this time pertaining to the events of the day, it is rather predictable that there would be one such as the piece here, alluding to the idea that the devil must assuredly be involved with such licentious pursuits for voting, education, and employment.

Odd item - I'd never seen one of these before.  Hooray for licentious pursuits!

To read the complete item description, see: 

102018 | FRANCE. Banquet of Socialist Women satirical brass Medal.


 102024  |  NETHERLANDS. Maastricht. Chapter of St. Servatius's Church lead Funeral Token (Begrafenisloodje). 
Dated 1828. Receipt for funeral expenses or as a funeral commemorative (28mm, 12.74 g, 12h). Skull and crossbones / ECCLESIÆ STI SERVATII, upright key. Edge: Some roughness, otherwise plain. Cf. Minard p. 196, 359 (cancellation punch on the reverse). Fine. Fairly well worn and some scattered marks, but still rather clear on the obverse. A very rare and engaging type. $465.

Begrafenisloodje served multiple roles in the Low Countries during the 16th-19th centuries, acting as payment for gravediggers, pallbearers, or other funerary expenses, or acting as a commemorative for the funeral of the deceased—either to those attending the ceremonies or to the respective church in remembrance of the departed. Where they were utilized to indicate payment, a punch was generally placed upon one or both sides to act as a form of "cancellation" for the services rendered and payment received.

Cool (and spooky) item!

To read the complete item description, see: 

102024 | NETHERLANDS. Maastricht. St. Servatius's Church lead Funeral Token.




For the young and old dealers among our readers, 
Richard Lobel of Coincraft is offering some bulk deals.  He submitted this summary.


I founded Coincraft – Britain’s Coin Shop in 1955, we only sell to collectors, we do not sell anything for investment and we do not borrow money from the bank. Over the years we have accumulated one of the largest inventories of British coins and banknotes in the world. Because when we buy a hoard we do not dump it, we just put it in stock.

As I am now 78 years old, and feel that it is time to lighten up our inventory a bit. I would prefer to sell all of an item to one person or company, that way there will be no competition between companies. I am listing some of the fantastic items that we have in quality, you provide the idea and we provide the coins and banknotes. Many of these items you cannot get elsewhere, especially in the quantities that you need to do a big promotion.

    Our prices are reasonable considering the years we spent putting this inventory together. Yes, you may be able to buy 5 or 10 pieces some places at a cheaper price, but no promotion is viable with those sort of numbers. For example the 1977 Silver Jubilee crown in cupro-nickel is being advertised for between £10 and £20. We have 16,000 pieces in stock and our price is as low as £1.75!

British Coins 

Farthings: George VI Uncirculated including WW2 4-6,000 available

Halfpenny: The Golden Hind Sir Francis Drake’s ship, 1967 BU the last pre-decimal Half Penny 100,000 available

Edward VII 1d complete date set 1902-1910: 1,000 sets available

Penny: 1967 much rarer than the Halfpenny BU 6-10,000 available

The Last Sterling Silver Threepence: George V 1911-1919 including many World War One dated coins 35,000 available, biggest hoard in the world!

Brass Threepences 1967 BU 10,000-20,000 available.

Silver Sixpences Kings George V and George VI 1920-1946: a number of different types, a great gift for weddings, ‘a silver sixpence in her shoe’, 50,000 available.

1887 Queen Victoria shilling for her Golden Jubilee: only issued for 2 years 500 available and in nice condition.

Silver Shillings: George V and George VI on the George VI we have both English and Scottish designs, 5,000-15,000 available.

Silver Florins George V & George VI: 2,000-5,000 available.

Silver Halfcrowns George V & George VI: 2,000-5,000 available.

1935 Silver Jubilee Crown, this country’s first commemorative coin, for the Silver Jubilee of George V, also known as the rocking horse crown 500-1,000 in stock.

1960 New York Exhibition Crown 500 available.

1965 Churchill Crown 10,000 available, always popular.

1972 Silver Wedding cupro-nickel Unc 2,000-5,000 available.

1977 Silver Jubilee Crown 16,000 available as low as £1.75.

1980 Queen Mother’s 80th birthday 2,000-5,000 available.

1981 Charles & Diana wedding crown the last crown ever 2,000-5,000 available.

1981 Charles & Diana Sterling Silver Proof 500-800 available.

Ecu Mint Set 1992 a private issue in colour folder 600 available very flashy.


£1 Portrait note the first Bank of England note to portray the Queen Fine 3,000.

£1 Pictorial note that last ever £1 note last issued 1984 Very Fine 3,000.

£5 note, the last issue of a £5 note printed on paper, all Bank of England notes are now printed on plastic, Choice Uncirculated 4,000 available, try and find them anywhere else in any condition and these are choice Uncirculated.

Uncut Sheet of 3 Bank of England £5 notes printed on paper. Each note has the same serial number but each note with a different prefix, in a colour folder only 1,500 made we have 700 available.

Stamford, Spaulding and Boston White £5 banknote 1890-1910, the bank was  bought out by Barclays Bank, then the signature was cut out to cancel them. Fine- Very Fine 4,000 pieces available they are over 100 years old and scarce.

British military £5 note, the largest denomination issued Crisp Unc 20,000 in stock.

British Military £1 note 3 different available Crisp Unc 20,000 of each available.

Ancient Coins

Ancient Roman coin of Constantius II, 317-361 AD, reasonable copper coins with a portrait of the Emperor, we have 5,000 pieces available. Now think of what you can do with these coins…

    Have a look at this partial listing and give Phil a call and talk to him about what you need. For a promotion, for gifts for the unusual Coincraft has it.

For more information, contact Phil Skingley  at

phil at

or call (+44) 07510 075 543.



Here's the announcement for Classical Numismatic
Group's second Islamic auction.


Unpublished ‘Mine of the Commander of the Faithful’ Gold Dinar Highlights CNG Islamic Auction 2

An unpublished early Islamic gold dinar from the ‘Mine of the Commander of the Faithful,’
an extremely rare gold double-dinar minted for presentation to a high-ranking official in the year AH 343 (AD
954/5), and an extremely rare Arab-Sasanian silver drachm depicting the Caliph Marwan I (AH 85-86 / AD 685-
705) are among highlights of Classical Numismatic Group’s second dedicated auction of Islamic coins, to be
held live and online Thursday, October 27, webcast from London, UK.

“We are doubly proud of Islamic Auction 2,” said Steve Lloyd, Islamic specialist for Classical Numismatic
Group LLC. “The 330 lots offered here include a number of unique, beautiful, and historically important pieces,
and to be able to offer an unpublished Umayyad dinar from the ‘Mine of the Commander of the Faithful’ is a
real privilege.”

The auction will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 in the Library of the Bloomsbury Hotel in
London, commencing at 13:00 BST. “We are excited to be holding CNG’s first live room auction in London,”
Lloyd explained.  “We know that many of our clients enjoy the convenience of online bidding, but there is still
nothing quite like the experience of a live auction held in a saleroom. After more than two years of lockdowns
and travel bans under the pandemic, we are especially looking forward to seeing many of our clients in person
again.” The sale will be webcast worldwide via CNG’s Auction Mobility platform, and bidders can participate in
real-time via the website and the firm’s smart phone app.

CNG Islamic Sale 2 comprises 330 lots of gold, silver and bronze coinage, with estimates totaling nearly
$1.6 million. The “Mine of the Commander of the Faithful” gold dinar is Lot 82 in the sale, carrying an estimate
of $750,000. While a handful of other “Mine” dinars are known, this is the only specimen of this date, AH 93
(AD 711/2), which has ever crossed the block. Scholars have suggested that the gold used to strike these
dinars came from a mine in Arabia which belonged to the Caliph himself.

Other highlights of the sale include:


Lot 91, a unique Umayyad silver dirham from the mint of Bamm, dated AH 80 (AD 699/700), estimated
$40,000. Bamm is a previously unrecorded mint for Umayyad silver, and this is the first time in almost a
decade that a new Umayyad dirham mint has come to light.


Lot 294, an extremely rare presentation double dinar, naming all seven Isma‘ili Imams, struck at
Jalalabad in the year AH 343 (AD 954/5), estimated $40,000.  This handsome coin bears witness to the spread
of Isma’ilism in the eastern part of the Islamic world during the 4th/10th century.


Lot 11, an extremely rare Arab-Sasanian drachm, dated AH 75 (AD 694/5), depicting a standing figure
of the Caliph ‘Abd al-Malik b. Marwan (AH 65-86 / AD 685-705) in traditional Arab dress, with his hand on the
hilt of a sword.  Estimated $30,000, this is the earliest depiction of a caliph on Islamic silver coinage.


Lot 128, a unique presentation dirham likely struck by Zubayda bint Ja’far, wife of the Caliph Harun al-
Rashid. Dated AH 186 (AD 802), it is estimated $25,000.  Zubayda was known by the title Umm Ja’far, ‘Mother
of Ja’far,’ and it has been suggested that this coin was struck in one of her palaces.


Lot 288, a remarkable silver Samanid cast medallion issued at Bukhara in AH 358 (AD 968/9).
 Estimated $25,000, this extraordinary piece bears a portrait copied from an earlier pre-Islamic type, but
whose features have been subtly modified, possibly to resemble the Samanid ruler, Mansur b. Nuh.


Lot 204, the earliest known gold dinar of the Arab Amirs of Crete, dated AH 270 (AD 883/4). Estimated
$15,000, this unique coin is overstruck on a Byzantine solidus of Theophilus (AD 829-842), traces of which can
still be seen.


Lot 329, the rare and impressive Ottoman Gold Imtiyaz Medal named to Imam Yahya of the Yemen (AD
1918-1948), probably awarded after the Treaty of Daan. (Estimate $15,000)

Pre-bids on all coins in Islamic Auction I may be placed via the company’s website,

Inquiries about Islamic Auction 2 may be sent to Steve Lloyd at 

stevelloyd at To receive a
copy of the full-color catalog, contact Classical Numismatic Group LLC at CNG at, or call (717)
390-9194. Clients in the United Kingdom and Europe may contact CNG’s London office at (+44) 20-7495-1888.



Heritage is also offering North Carolina National Bank Notes from the Mike Coltrane Estate. Here are some additional highlights in an article submitted by Maureen Levine and Bruce Hagen. Thanks.


Mike Coltrane Estate North Carolina Nationals

Offered at Unreserved Auction Exemplify Rare and Important Types

Rare and important North Carolina Nationals collected by the late Mike Coltrane for
decades are offered in an unreserved online Showcase auction by Heritage Auctions on October
30, 2022. The collection chronicles North Carolina's post-Civil War banking history including
the part Mike's ancestors played. Daniel B. Coltrane, Mike's great-great grandfather, was one of
the founders of the Concord National Bank. He and son Lester D. Coltrane were officers (see lots
96043 through 96070 for the father-son signature combination of President and Cashier
respectively). Some of the notes Mike's banker father (Lester D. Coltrane III) accumulated over
the years, along with Mike's private purchases, are newly reported and being auctioned for the
first time. 

Collectors will be intrigued by significant types from rarely encountered Original
Series and 1875 types to 1929 Small Size rarities, many of which are in excellent condition. And
there are a number of sole reported examples from their charters and types. As with his
forebears, Mike continued the tradition of giving back to the community. Proceeds from this
currency Showcase sale and upcoming U.S. Coins Signature auction will be donated to charity,
through the Foundation for the Carolinas, to assist individuals in need as well as for community
betterment. We hope you will take the time to review this important offering.


 Charlotte, NC - $5 1882 Date Back Fr. 534 The Commercial National Bank Ch. # (S)2135
PMG Very Fine 30.  
Lot 96030.

A note with broad appeal. Not only is this a scarce charter and type, it is also a coveted "Circus
Poster" title block layout which is more often seen on 1882 $5 Brown Backs.

To read the complete lot description, see:  

Charlotte, NC - $5 1882 Date Back Fr. 534 The Commercial National Bank Ch. # (S)2135 PMG Very Fine 30.. ...



 Concord, NC - $10 1902 Date Back Fr. 618 The Concord National Bank Ch. # (S)3903
PMG Very Fine 25.  
Lot 96043.

A great rarity from the bank. One of two $10 1902 Date Backs reported, and the first ever
offered at auction. Significantly it is hand-signed by two of Mike’s banking ancestors: L. D.
Coltrane (cashier) and D. B. Coltrane (president, and a founder of the bank). Those signatures
continued in use into the small size issuing era.

To read the complete lot description, see:  

Concord, NC - $10 1902 Date Back Fr. 618 The Concord National Bank Ch. # (S)3903 PMG Very Fine 25.. ...



 New Berne, NC - $5 1875 Fr. 402 The National Bank of New Berne Ch. # 1632 PMG Very
Fine 20.  
Lot 96180.

The spelling of the city now officially known as "New Bern" has been historically variable. As
seen on these early notes, "New Berne" was used for a time. This attractively graded 1875 $5
was purchased privately by Mike, is one of two reported, and reaches auction for the first time.

To read the complete lot description, see:  

New Berne, NC - $5 1875 Fr. 402 The National Bank of New Berne Ch. # 1632 PMG Very Fine 20.. ...



 Roanoke Rapids, NC - $20 1882 Value Back Fr. 584 The First National Bank Ch. # (S)5767
PMG Very Fine 25.  
Lot 96200.

Only five $20 1882 Value Backs are reported from North Carolina, and this is the only one from
the charter. Mike acquired this in 1989, and it has not been available to collectors until now.

To read the complete lot description, see:  

Roanoke Rapids, NC - $20 1882 Value Back Fr. 584 The First National Bank Ch. # (S)5767 PMG Very Fine 25.. ...



 Serial Number 1 Sanford, NC - $10 1929 Ty. 2 The National Bank of Sanford Ch. # 13791
PMG Extremely Fine 40.  
Lot 96212.

One of four serial number 1 notes in the collection, and the most unusual. The bank is a late1933
charter emitting notes for a short period before the end of National Currency issues. Of the nine
reported notes from the bank, this is the only number 1 note.

To read the complete lot description, see:  

Serial Number 1 Sanford, NC - $10 1929 Ty. 2 The National Bank of Sanford Ch. # 13791 PMG Extremely Fine 40.. ...



 Wilmington, NC - $100 1882 Date Back Fr. 571 The Murchison National Bank Ch. #
(S)5182 PMG Very Fine 20.  
Lot 96242.

Only three banks in North Carolina issued this rarely seen high denomination type, but all the six
known survivors are from this charter. This was last auctioned in 2005 and is also in a bold

To read the complete lot description, see:  

Wilmington, NC - $100 1882 Date Back Fr. 571 The Murchison National Bank Ch. # (S)5182 PMG Very Fine 20.. ..



This important collection, featuring 259 lots, will be auctioned online on Sunday, October 30,
2022, commencing at 6:00 PM Central Time (7:00 P.M. Eastern). For further sale information
contact Susan Bremer at 

SusanB at Lot viewing is available by appointment at
Heritage’s Office in Dallas. Contact Jose Berumen at 

JBerumen at or 214-409-1299. All
lots are currently on view online and open for bidding now at

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 





Dr. Harvey B. Richer’s newest book, 100 Greatest Canadian Coins and Tokens, is the remarkable latest entry in Whitman Publishing’s “100 Greatest” library. Presented chronologically as a richly illustrated historical narrative of Canadian numismatist. 160 pages, coffee-table, hardcover. Order your copy online 
, or call 1-800-546-2995.


Here's the press release for The Canadian Numismatic Company's Prominence VIII Sale.


Welcome to The Prominence Sale VIII event. This auction of more than 2400 numismatic lots features three major collections joined by selections from over 70 other consignors across North America. The first three sessions are highlighted by three attractive coin and banknote collections. The R & G collection of Canadian Copper, The “South Shore Collection Part III”, The “MC Collection Part II” of Military medals and Canadian banknotes. 

The “R & G” Collection holds a premium selection of carefully chosen elusive copper issues. All of the coins are graded by ICCS and each piece has been carefully selected and is attractive and proper for the grade attributed, some surprises and attractive issues.  


Lot 455


Lot 706

Also featuring in this auction; an elusive 1921 50 cents in Specimen-62.  An amazing 1887 1 cent in Superb Gem Mint State-66 red graded by PCGS, a superb 1882H 5 Cents Gem Mint State-65, a very scarce 1932 50 Cents in Gem Mint State-65. A beautiful 1926 1 cent in Gem Mint State-65, a stunning selection of War medals and pistols. A great 1924 $5 Queen Mary in Gem condition, a 1967 1 cent in Tin certified by PCGS. An ultra rare 1937 $50 Osborne in gem condition, a rare 1866 $1 St.John Overprint, a lovely 1878 $2 in VF grade.  


Lot 2135

The two Jewels of The “South Shore Collection Part III are the 3 note set from the Weyburn Security bank and the 1954 $1000 Devil`s face in choice Uncirculated condition.  Both are Unique and excessively rare. Several Proof and Specimen notes top graded from “The Gem collection” are also included in session 1.  In session 3, you will find a nice assortment of tokens, US & World gold & silver coinage as well as banknotes. 

In a separate catalogue (Volume 2), you will find Sessions 4, 5, 6 and 7.  It includes over 1200 lots of Canadian coins, banknotes and a huge selection of bulk lots.  In addition, a superb section of War medals and artefacts, counterstamped coins, and other  numismatic items.

This fantastic Prominence Sale VIII event should make some spectacular moments and active evenings of auctioning. We expect this to be one of the
most prestigious numismatic online events of 2022 featuring several rarities never offered to the public. Our sincere thanks to the consignors for entrusting us with the fantastic task of selling their collections. We hope you enjoy this catalogue as much as we enjoyed making it. This should be a memorable sale!

For more information, or to bid online, see: 

The Prominence Sale VIII



To read the Prominence Sale VIII catalog 1, see:

To read the Prominence Sale VIII catalog 2, see:



Bob Schwartz of Archives
International Auctions (AIA) forwarded this press release for the upcoming joint Lyn Knight / Archives International sale of the the Montgomery Collection of Confederate Bonds & Fiscal Documents.  Thanks.


The Public Auction will be held by Lyn Knight Currency Auctions in Overland Park, Kansas

The Montgomery Collection of Confederate Bonds & Fiscal Documents
will be auctioned on November 17, 2022 by Lyn Knight Auctions in association with Archives International Auctions and will consist of 512 lots including numerous C.S.A. Bond rarities. This is one of the most significant offerings of Confederate Bonds and Fiscal Documents to be sold at auction since the Frederick R. Mayer Collection of Confederate Banknotes and Bonds was offered by R.M. Smythe at their Memphis 2007 Auction. I would also like to acknowledge both Grover Criswell and Dr. Douglas Ball for their pioneering contributions to the study of this field of finance of the Confederacy	and the collecting of C.S.A. bonds.


Lot 105958

The Montgomery collection was put together over a fifty-year period by a passionate collector who was striving to complete his Confederate Bond collection. There are over 300 different types and varieties of Confederate bonds and when duplicates appear, evidently, it was to obtain either a lower Serial Number or better condition example for his collection. The Montgomery Collection contains 43 examples of bonds with the Serial Numbers of 10 or lower, which includes 9 different Serial #1 bonds, as well as, 5 different Serial #2 bonds. The collection also includes many examples that deserve further research and include varieties with Serial Number ranges outside what was previously documented for those issues.


Lot 105979

The first Confederate bonds were issued in Montgomery, Alabama, which was the first capital of the Confederacy, when it was formed in February 1862 by the seven States that had seceded from the United States following the election of Lincoln. The capital was moved to Richmond, Virginia in May of 1861. Highlights from the Montgomery Collection includes 6 different examples of the February 28, 1861, Montgomery, Alabama issues of the T7 through T10 rarities, from $50 to $1,000 denominations, all printed by American Bank Note Company, New Orleans, including 3 examples with the location changed to Richmond, Virginia, from Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, there are 6 examples of desirable T11 to T14 bonds including an outstanding Unissued, $100, T14-B21 bond with only 7 or 8 known to exist, with the other T-11 and T12 bonds being rarity 8.

Additional highlights include a Richmond, Virginia, October 26th , 1861, T115-B141, $500,000 Bank Note Loan Certificate, which lists as a Rarity 7; a C.S.A. Act of February 17th, 1864, T162-B341, $8000, S/N 15 bond which is unique with this denomination; an outstanding S/N 1 bond, C.S.A. Act of February 17th, 1864, T172-B352, $100,000, denomination rarity; a historic C.S.A. Act of April 21st, 1862, $1000, T124-B151, numbered with the last S/N 1000 for the issue out of 1000 printed, and signed on the back by James Murray Mason, who was forcibly removed from the CSA ship, Trent, by the U.S. Navy, precipitating an international incident with Britain, known as the Trent Affair. This bond is one of four certificates procured by John J. Ford, who acquired S/Ns 997 to 1000, from the Erlanger firm in London in the late 1950s; dozens of additional rare and desirable bonds are present in this collection, with many not appearing at auction in decades and some making their first appearan
 ces at auction ever.

“Archives International Auctions is privileged to offer this historic collection of C.S.A. scripophily, in association with Lyn Knight Currency Auctions, that is sure to attract intense interest from beginning to advanced collectors and dealers, with many of these bonds rarely if ever appearing at auction”, stated Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of Archives International

Previews will be limited and by appointment only. We will do our best to accommodate anyone who desires additional information and photographs. For questions, please call 913.338.3779 or email 

support at

The online catalog and Live Bidding Platform for the Thursday, November 17 th , 2022 auction is on Lyn Knight Currency Auctions’ website at and can also be viewed as a Virtual Catalog or a Live Linked downloadable PDF on their website or from this press Release. To pre-register for Live Internet Bidding, log on to

You may also write to Lyn Knight Currency Auctions at P O Box 7364, Overland Park, KS 66207, U.S.A., or email them at 

support at To learn more about the auction planned for November 17th, 2022, log on to


To view the Virtual Catalogue, see:

To view the Live Linked PDF, see:



Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering Polish rarities from The
Anthony J. Taraszka Collection in their January 2023 auction. Here's the press release.


1548 Sigismund I Danzig Ducat

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the offering of Polish rarities from The
Anthony J. Taraszka Collection in their January 2023 New York City auction. Prized among European issues are the
coins of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and of Poland more broadly. Many of the most notable collections in
history have featured Polish rarities: Farouk, Czapski, and Brand, among a litany of others. To this renowned group
can be added Anthony J. Taraszka.


Swedish Livonia Gold Medallic 10 Ducats

Carefully curated for rarity and quality, The Taraszka Collection of Polish Coins offers types that have been off the
market for decades and items that may not reappear for a generation. This collection heavily features gold from the
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, presenting both circulating pieces and medallic ducat-weight pieces. Several
extremely rare branch mint Ducats are offered, including a 1585 Ducat and a 1593 10 Ducat from the Malbork Mint.
The Vilnius Mint is represented by a 1586 Stephan Bathori Ducat and a 1622 Sigismund III 10 Ducats. Perhaps the
most difficult mint to acquire, Riga, is represented in this collection by a 1619 Sigismund III Ducat. It has been
estimated that no more than 20 Riga Ducats from the reign of Sigismund III have survived. Additionally, The
Taraszka Collection contains a 1655 Swedish medal struck at the Riga Mint in the weight of 10 Ducats during the
period of Swedish Occupation known as the Deluge.


Danzig Sigismund III Donative 10 Ducats

Danzig gold issues remain as popular as ever, and this sale will include a phenomenal dually dated 1613/1614 10
Ducats from that city. Those seeking a complete monarchal set of Ducats will be thrilled by a 1671 Ducat of Michal
Korybut, who is perhaps the most challenging Polish ruler to acquire such a coin for. A Taler of John III Sobieski
graded AU-58 by PCGS is of phenomenal quality and preservation and should hold great appeal for any collector of
Polish coinage.

This brief overview of highlights from the Anthony J. Taraszka Collection showcases the uncommon nature and
numismatic importance of the cabinet. It will cross the block at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the
New York International Numismatic Convention, January 12-14, 2023. For further information, telephone 800-458-
4646, email info at or visit the firm’s website at

To preview the coin lots, see: 

January 2023 NYINC Auction - Auction Preview - The Anthony J. Taraszka Collection of Polish Coins featured in the upcoming January 2023 NYINC Auction




Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week.  Tell us what you think of some of these.

 1892 Princess Isabel Silver Medal 

BRAZIL. Princess Isabel Silver Medal, 1892. Paris Mint. PCGS Genuine--Cleaned, Unc Details.

By A. Desaide. Diameter: 31mm. Of French manufacture. Obverse: head of Isabel facing right; Reverse: coat-of-arms of Brazil, motto above. This lovely medal commemorates Princess Isabel of the deposed Brazilian monarchy. The expressive portrait is displayed with fine detail and in high relief. Both sides are pleasingly lustrous and lightly toned to a mottled dove gray.

>From the Stacks Bowers November 2022 World Collectors Choice online auction.

To read the complete lot description, see: 

BRAZIL. Princess Isabel Silver Medal, 1892. Paris Mint. PCGS Genuine--Cleaned, Unc Details.


 Sweden Johan III Medal 

SWEDEN: Johan III, 1568-1592, AE medal (65.83g), ND (1699-1700), as Hildebrand-3, as Stenström-112, 52mm bronze medal for the Accession of Johan III by Arvid Karlsteen, uniformed bust right with IOHANNES - III D G REX SVECIAE around // large central crown with INIVSTI CARCERIS IVSTVM PRAEMIVM around, heavy contact marks in reverse field, brown, plain edge, EF-AU, RR. While the silver originals of these medals were struck in 1700, the series in bronze is more enigmatic. None are found on the search engines. These may have also been struck in 1700, or perhaps a somewhat later date.

>From the Stephen Album Rare Coins Internet Auction 18.

To read the complete lot description, see: 

SWEDEN: Johan III, 1568-1592, AE medal (65.83g), ND (1699-1700), EF-AU


 Dr. Láng Imre Enameled Bronze Medal 

HUNGARY. Dr. Láng Imre enameled bronze Medal. Issued 1970. Commemorating the retirement of the brain surgeon and professor (117mm x 131mm, 12h). By Tápai A.

DR. LÁNG IMRE • 1970 •, bust facing slightly right / Incuse skull facing slightly left, offset by a light green enameling, yielding an almost glowing effect; in three lines below, MESTERSÉG / HIVATÁS TUDOMÁNY / MŰVÉSZET (Láng's motto: "craft, profession, science, art"). Edge: Plain.

Huszár & Varannai 410; Bóna 50. As made. Dark brown surfaces, with lighter highlights and the skull on the reverse being offset by a lighter green color. Very rare and an extremely interesting design.

Another spooky medal from the stock of Jeremy Bostwick's Numismgram.  Love the skull coloring.

To read the complete lot description, see: 

101936 | HUNGARY. Dr. Láng Imre enameled bronze Medal.


 1960 Jamaica 5 Pound Banknote 

JAMAICA. Government of Jamaica. 5 Pounds, 1960. P-48b. PMG Choice Very Fine 35.

Printed by TDLR. Watermark of pineapple. A problem free mid-grade example of this "b" variety 5 Pound note.

Took me a minute to realize TDLR = Thomas de La Rue. A nice Elizabeth II vignette on a pleasantly colored note.

To read the complete lot description, see: 

JAMAICA. Government of Jamaica. 5 Pounds, 1960. P-48b. PMG Choice Very Fine 35.



This month's dinner meeting of my Northern Virginia numismatic social group Nummis Nova took place without me - I travelled to Pittsburgh that morning and was having dinner with my sister.  But the group had a great time without me, as shown in this detailed write-up compiled by fellow member Tom Kays.  Thanks!

Daryl Haynor our dinner host, chose Mamá Tigre! Restaurant (Mexican food remixed with an Indian
slant) in Oakton for the October Nummis Nova meet-up. Guests included Jonas Denenberg, Dave Ellison
and Jim Glickman along with regulars Wayne Herndon, Steve Bishop, Tom Kays, Eric Schena, Jon Radel,
Mike Packard, Julian Leidman, Roger Burdette, and Dave Schenkman. We missed seeing Wayne Homren
(our illustrious founder), our dinner host Daryl Haynor, and Kellen Hoard, an invited guest who was
suddenly buried in homework at college and could not unearth himself from study for the evening of


Mamá Tigre!

About our guests:

Jonas Denenberg (invited by Wayne Homren) is a high schooler (Junior Year), a high-volume coin dealer,
and part-time inventor, who moonlights in packaging and mailing coin purchases to fulfill customers’
orders from his super-charged, virtual coin retail sales business. While he does have a physical business
office, unlike traditional brick and mortar coin shop owners who rely on walk-ins, Jonas is in the
vanguard of a new cohort of digital-native coin dealers that can, and do sell coins nationwide, via
independent social media venues so quickly, that they turn over their stock and recoup their investment “as a goal,” on a weekly basis. 

Weekends are spent in attending local coin shows in order to restock
their virtual stores with great quantities of real US coins, obtained from old-fashioned coin dealers who
do not sell online, in high volume, or with such expediency. I predict Jonas will be hiring for, and
expanding his coin business, once out of high school, and some of us old timers at the Nummis Nova
dinner table may expect to be working for him as wholesale “pickers” in the near future.

James (Jim) Glickman (invited by Mike Packard) is a visiting scholar, regional vice president (Region 1 for
Connecticut, New Jersey, the Canadian Maritimes, and Quebec), and longtime member of the Colonial
Coin Collectors Club (C4). Jim specializes in collecting State Coppers, by variety, especially from New
Jersey and New York, as well as colonial paper money. Jim has published online educational videos for
C4 conventions including “Collecting American Colonials 101 – Hold History in your Hand” which is free
and available at

Dave Ellison (invited by Tom Kays) was the longtime secretary of the Virginia Numismatic Association,
and still serves in similar capacity for the Fairfax Coin Club. His collecting interests are diverse from
Ancients to Scandinavian (Sweden/Denmark/Norway) Exonumia, and he brings new energy and perspectives to the table. He sat next to
Roger, Wayne and Mike (as eclectic a mix of coin folks as might be found) and we will have to see what
his impressions of the evening were.


Early arriving guests included Jonas Denenberg (Right) James Glickman (2nd from Right) and Dave Ellison (4th from Right) along with regulars from Left: Jon, “the mysterious other Wayne H.”, Roger, and in stripes, Mike.

At Nummis Nova dinners, even if you are there from the start, once numismatic objects begin to flow
about the tabletop, it is difficult to capture the significance of every treasure, let alone who brought it,
and why? We must rely on each bringer of numismatic treasures to further explain, entertain, and
enlighten us on the rest of the story associated with their artifacts to know the full background. Here
are but a few snippets and impressions about the amazing items nestled amongst the guacamole and
chips that night.

Barney Bluestone (Central New York’s Leading Numismatic Dealer) “The Salt City Coin Book – United States and Canadian Coins Illustrated” of 1934

In talking with Jonas about coin prices and how inexpensive they seem back in the olden days he was
agog at seeing an unbelievable price for 1913 nickels. It just so happened I brought ephemera in honor
of Wayne Homren, being a 1934 price buying guide from Barney Bluestone. The page on nickels reads as

“U. S. Five-Cent Nickels Including some Patterns – Coinage began in 1866 – 1913 Liberty Head
Only, buffalo type not wanted $15.00 to $100.00 for coins in Very Good to “perfect” condition, same as
left the dies or press. Should a coin prove to be in strictly uncirculated brilliant condition, with absolutely
no traces of wear, then we will pay the full price listed in this book for same.” 

Hard to believe not long
before this price guide was published, 1913 Liberty Head Nickels went for face value if you could find

As the evening progressed, numismatic objects grew curiouser and curiouser as they emerged at
tabletop before our Mexican entrees arrived. Here are some nice objects seen by Nummis Nova


1785 Large Date, Pointed Rays, Nova Constellatio copper in MS-61 BN Condition per NGC


1778 Massachusetts Colonial Note (with cod fish and Pine Tree reverse) for Four Pence in Uncirculated 62 condition per PMG


German Apollo 8 Medal for crewmen Borman / Anders / Lovell who circled the moon in 1968


Old French coins from a Lis-counterstamped, Douzain aux croissants (Sol marque de Quinzes of 1640
for New France) to Ecus and Louis d’ors, span Louis XIIII’s reign, to Louis XV (John Law era issues)

Other objects seen in passing but not pictured include:

1788 Massachusetts Cent (Ryder 7-M) in VG-Fine condition with lamination errors on both sides

German 5 Reichmark from 1930 with Graf Zeppelin

Play along as Nummis Nova diners do experience amazingly diverse numismatic treasures yet may miss
hearing their introductions. What follows is an image quiz for some of the more enigmatic objects seen
at table. What do you make of them? Who made them? How old are they? What is their significance?
Who is on them is fairly easy, but you see how, if you are on the far end of the table and did not hear
the owner explain why they are significant, you may speculate for a time about them.


 Bronze Medal – Item #1


 Terracotta – Item #2


 Silver Medal – Item #3


 Bronze Plaque – Item #4


 Bronzed Pot Metal Medal – Item #5

Who can tell us about some of these interesting items?  Answers next week.
Thanks, Tom!

Tom's guest Dave Ellison adds:

"I very much enjoyed the evening of food, drink and "coinsy" conversation.  Conversation down at my end of the table ranged from Wayne Herndon's recounting of Wizard's recent business activities and upcoming events and shows to Roger's discussion of current and past research projects and his suggestion of perhaps starting a "writer's table" at some local and regional shows were numismatic writers could attend and interact with attendees and collectors regarding their publications and all things numismatic.  I also enjoyed chatting with Mike and learning about his colonial Massachusetts and Connecticut coin collections.  Jonas even popped down our way toward the end of the evening to add some levity and youthful insight!! "



Although I missed this month's Nummis Nova dinner because of my travel to Pittsburgh, I did manage to spend a little time Thursday afternoon at the 
Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) show in Monroeville, PA.  Here are some photos and notes.

I made a beeline to the exhibit area, which is always a highlight of the PAN shows.


 Chick Ambrass setting up his Andrew Mellon exhibit

 Barber Coinage Exhibit 
I only photographed a few of the great exhibits; here's one on Barber Coinage.  Sorry for the unavoidable lighting glare.




 Bronze West African Manilla 
Someone had a great exhibit of West African Manilla.




 National Currency 
Some numismatic literature and bank bags caught my eye in this one.



 Steigerwalt Catalogs 
Speaking of numismatic literature, there was an impressive exhibit of Steigerwalt catalogs near the speaking area.







 Civil War Showcase 
Before hitting the road I made sure to stop at the Civil War Showcase to say hello to Rick Lank and Becky Rush.



 Denver, CO G.A.R. Encampment


 Civil War Token Exhibit by Richard Crosby


I was only in the building a couple hours and missed more people than I had a chance to talk with.  I sat down for a bit with Pat McBride and visited with Rich Jewell, Larry Dziubek, Dick Gaetano, Larry Korchnak and Melissa Kahn.

Spotted in passing or from a distance were Jeff and Mary Lynn Garrett, Al Boulanger, Bob Hurst, David Kahn and others.

Pat McBride sent me this wide-view photo of the busy bourse floor; that's Garrett Ziss in the University of Pittsburgh shirt on the left.
See the next article in this issue for additional photos from the Civil War Showcase.


For more information on the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN), see:




Becky Rush and Rick Lank sent these photos taken in or near the PAN Civil War Showcase at the Fall 2022 show.  Thanks.  Sorry I couldn't stay - I hear it was a great event.


 David Lisot Memorial Poster; Becky and William Sherman


 Poster near the PAN KidZone


 More posters


 Gen. Sherman, President Lincoln, Becky Rush


 Gen. Sherman, President Lincoln


Richard Crosby, Terry Carver & Becky Rush discussing GAR medals and WRC (Women’s Relief Corps) memorabilia on Friday.  Richard and Terry are now regular contributors to the Civil War Showcase.


Terry Carver was on board on Saturday for the nearby KidZone and explained GAR medals and ribbons to young numismatists and their parents as they visited with us……


Ed Krivoniak, all around behind-the-scenes logistical mastermind for PAN visiting at our Booth


Larry Korchnak (on the left), numismatist and specialist on the subject of Siege Coins – spoke at 1 pm on Friday

For more information on the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN), see:



Javier Fiore is an Argentine artist who has exhibited his work in Florida USA with the specialty of hand carving Hobo five cent coins with the sculptural engraving technique.  These are some examples of his work.





Nice work.  I love the ceramic Indian Head.

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Javier Fiore Art & Hobo Nickel Coins


Jav Fiore


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John Mutch passed along some images of a Japanese man's coin-stacking handiwork.  He writes: "This showed up in a friend's Facebook feed.  Japan is in a high-risk earthquake zone, so I wonder how that works for this fellow."

An E-Sylum article in 2016 had some images of these great sculptures.  Check out the videos, too.

Coin stacking is more than just a leisure activity. It has become an artistic craftsmanship that creates mesmerizing and breathtaking sculptures out of coins. In order to create coin stacking sculptures, one must have a steady hand and a great sense of balance. Unlike traditional sculptures, the coins are stacked without any glue or plaster to keep them together. Instead, the artist will have to arrange the coins in proper position so the weight of the coins provides support. In other words, the artist has to create intricate arrangements while defying gravity. Sound like a tough challenge, right?


Well, not everyone has a careful hand and an outrageous sense of balance. And this truth makes Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) an extraordinary artist. Tanu uses coins of different denominations to make use of each distinctive size and weight. He precisely positions each coin to achieve a more compelling effect. For example, he often uses a single upright coin as a base for a complex sculpture. One look at his coin stacking sculptures and you might think that they could stumble any moment. But there’s no denying that the apprehension of a collapsing sculpture is what makes it more exciting to look at.

To add more varieties into his coin stacking sculptures, Tanu also uses other objects aside from coins. He uses spoons, toothpicks, marbles, tweezers, and glass jars to help stabilize the coins in place. You can see all of his breathtaking coin stacking sculptures on his Twitter page.


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Japanese Man Has Conquered The Art Of Gravity-Defying Coin Stacking


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This week's Featured Web Site is Dave Baldwin's Lovett Tokens & Medals site, suggested by Paul Horner.  Thanks.

The Lovetts - father Robert Jr. and his sons Robert Jr., George H. and John D. - produced a large body of work from approximately 1824 to George's death in 1894. Many of these are listed in current numismatic reference works with many others being known to the collecting community but not cataloged. Still others were known to collectors and cataloged but not attributed to one of the family members. And finally, over the years I have found some that seemed to have been virtually unknown to collectors. In any case there has been no one source to turn to for a complete listing of their output. This is my attempt to remedy that.

Paul adds:

"There are galleries on Robert Lovett Sr, Robert Lovett Jr, George H Lovett and John D Lovett." 

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