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Norton's Literary Letter

Norton's Literary Letter, six issues, numbered as follows:

no. 1: October 1857
no. 2: 1858
no. 3: 1859
no. 4: 1859
New Series no. 1: 1860
New Series no. 2: 1860

The Letter is an important source of information related to antebellum American numismatics. A number of numismatic references are noted:

No. 1:

p. 4, account of 1792 half disme with woodcut

No. 2:

p. 3, note on Getz half dollar, use of portrait of George Washington on coins, and the 1792 Mint Act

p. 4, 1778 NON DEPENDUS STATUS piece

p. 8, "A few words about Coins," discussing coin collecting

pp. 41-43, Coins and medals for sale by Charles B. Norton

No. 3:

pp. 4-7, "The Literature of American Numismatics" (mentioning James Mease's 1834 article and many other early sources)

pp. 8-17, "American Medals," a substantial listing of the series

p. 18, "Prices of Coins," giving recent auction results

No. 4:

pp. 7-8, "Masonic Numismatics"

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New Series No. 1: 

pp. 44-45, Coins for sale by Charles B. Norton


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