347 records found.
The 1861-O “Confederate” Half Dollars
Wiley’s second article takes the leap from variety attribution toward the discovery of the coining authority for each variety. The 1887 Mint Director’s report indicated the number of pieces struck under each coining authority, and Wiley also had access to SS Republic data, which he analyzed to determine the overall distribution of the 1861-O issue by variety. Wiley notes that his final analysis is somewhat speculative, but in the end he identified two die marriages for the Union issues, seven for the Louisiana issues, and six for the CSA-struck pieces.
Bill Bugert picked up the thread in 2013 in his A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties, Volume IV, New Orleans Branch Mint 1853-O WA to 1861-O. This source adds easy-to-use photographs for each die pair, with high quality images depicting the various pickup points for each variety.
Link to the Gobrecht Journal on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/2096
Link to A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties, Volume IV, New Orleans Branch Mint 1853-O WA to 1861-O on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/529689
Cracked Dies? No, Cracked Presses
Link to Bosbyshell letter regarding cracked presses: https://archive.org/details/press10crackedtwoplaces18820725/mode/2up
American Numismatic Society Early Member Correspondence Digitized
Link to ANS early member correspondence on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/archivedetail/515008
Gold Dollar Saloon of Buffalo, NY Open on New Year’s Day
The New York Times reported on April 18, 1895 that the proprietor was “tired of selling liquor” and was moving to “temperance” format, following a similar movement in Chicago to make bars alcohol-free. A minor theft, not surprisingly, was reported in 1900. The contents of the Gold Dollar Saloon must surely have passed into normal numismatic channels at some point, but no mention is found on Newman Portal or other databases.
Link to The Numismatist on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/510969
Image: Clip from New York Times, April 18, 1895, related to the Gold Dollar Saloon in Buffalo, NY
Koenings' Reeded Edge Half Newsletter
Link to Koenings' Reeded Edge Half Newsletter on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/540192
Beth Deisher, In Her Own Words
Link to Beth Deisher interview on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/609452
Newman Portal Adds James C. Booth Papers
An 1852 letter, for example, from Booth’s brother-in-law notes “I have just perused McCulloh’s pamphlets – the last dated 5 August – and although the man has rendered himself contemptible by his charges of want of fairness and of honesty, yet I consider it incumbent on you to disprove such charges as he brings against your business capacity, by accusing you of leaving 5[?] of silver in the gold, 4/5ths of which should have been separated in the refining or partment….” This letter refers to Richard McCulloh’s pamphlets attacking Booth (published in 1851 and 1852). As Booth served in the Mint another 36 years after publication of this work, the charges seem to have not greatly threatened his career.
McCulloh wrote yet another pamphlet in 1853, this time attacking Chief Coiner Franklin Peale, a rare document highly prized by bibliophiles and better known than the works from 1851 and 1852. All three of the McCulloh pieces are available on Newman Portal.
Link to James C. Booth papers on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/archivedetail/544527
Link to Richard S. McCulloh pamphlets: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/booksbyauthor/1333
Switzerland Three Kings Medal
Bostwick’s description notes “Presenting the iconography of the Three Kings on the reverse, this medal has a festive holiday feel even though it celebrates the opening of the new church in Zürich, which took place in the summer of 1894. Nevertheless, the Three Kings (or Magi), guided by the Star of Bethlehem (or Christmas Star), are associated heavily with the Christ tradition, bearing the gifts of gold (representing earthly kingship), frankincense (representing the divine), and myrrh (representing the end of life). Three Kings' Day, also known as Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated on 6 January, which corresponds to the twelth day of the mass of Chris, and the day on which the Three Kings are to have arrived to bear their gifts to the Christ child.”
Link to Numismagram on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/537693
Collecting Jefferson Nickels From Circulation in 2019
Recently added to Newman Portal is the October 2021 issue of the Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA) newsletter. CONA member Bill Kamb contributed an article on collecting Jefferson nickels from pocket change. Kamb sets the scene, “I was pleasantly surprised in the summer of 2019 when our daughter, who lives in Atlanta with her family, announced that our grandson, Easton, might be interested in coin collecting. He was 6 years old at the time. When we went there for Thanksgiving, I brought some Whitman penny and nickel books and got a few rolls of each from a bank for us to search. We had a great time and it brought back memories of when Istarted collecting as a kid in the late ‘50s.”
Kamb goes on to describe a search from bank rolls and change jars, and, over a period of 15 months, he was able to complete a full set after searching through $21,100 of nickels, or nearly half a million coins. The stopper was the 1943-D (not the 1950-D, as one might expect), of which only one example was found. The article includes a related image, which we are guessing is not the actual coin found!
Link to Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA) newsletters on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/525608
Link to Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA) presentation slide decks on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publisherdetail/525609
Anthony Paquet Dies
The Paquet family evidently left certain dies behind, and Charles Barber wrote to Philadelphia Mint Superintendent A. Loudon Snowden on August 27, 1883, “I have examined the dies left here by the Paquet family, and respectfully report that I consider them valueless. In the case of the Trade Dollar, we have the hubs made from these dies. Therefore can make any number required. The others are old experimental dies and therefore of no value now.”
Whether the “old experimental dies” included the famous “tall letters” 1861 $20 reverse die is a matter for conjecture, but what is certain is that today’s collectors would place for more value on the Paquet dies than did the engraver Charles Barber.
Link to Charles Barber letter on Newman Portal: https://archive.org/details/paquetdiesarevalueless18830827/page/n1/mode/2up