Saturday, October 18, 2014

JR Newsletter: 18 October 2014 (211)



This week's edition is a day earlier, allowing the editor time to take a mini-vacation with family.

Dr. Eugene Bruder wrote concerning an error in an article entitled, "The Quiet 1805 Half Dime, with discussion of the Pittman coin in the upcoming Stack's Bowers Auction."
I just read the above referenced article, and noticed what I believe is an error. The 1805 Half dime pictured in the article appears to be an 1805 dime! The diameter in the NGC holder looks too large to be a half dime. It looks to be an 1805 JR-2 dime. Most interesting! The most obvious attribution point is the 5 in the date, and then the 8 is the wrong shape too. It makes you wonder about the grading services-you must always check their work!
I don’t know if anyone else has pointed this out.
Dr. Eugene Bruder, Numismatist
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In response to Paul Hybert's announcement of a beta version of the JRCS website, Barbara Bailey wrote:
Just wanted to let you know that the new web site is very well organized and easy to use.  I use a small laptop.  Kudos to everyone who is working on it!
Barbara Bailey
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A reminder from the editor:
When sending contributions to the JR Newsletter, please address such correspondence to jrnewsletter@jrcs.org (old gmail address is just that…and old address!). 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

JR Newsletter: 12 October 2014 (210)



This week's version of the JR Newsletter features an additional biographical sketch of a member of the JRCS Hall of Fame, news about the JRCS web page, and some other interesting information.

First, Louis Scuderi provided a short comment about a dime attribution mentioned last week.  He wrote:  "1834 JR8?"

His contribution qualifies as likely the shortest in the brief history of the newsletter, but he makes a good point.  The dime in question was an 1835 dated dime…so the comment last week should have identified the dime as an 1835 JR8.  Sorry for any confusion that may have created.  I replied to Louis that when you put a half dime guy in charge of a newsletter, these kinds of things are bound to happen (for all denominations but half dimes).
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George Polizio wrote to add another piece of information about JRCS Hall of Fame member Stewart Witham:

I just wanted to add something to the biography of Stew Whitham. Stew probably amassed the most comprehensive collection of tokens that were struck for Augustus B. Sage by George H. Lovett. These were included in Bowers & Merenas sale of the Miller collection Nov. 1992.
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Steve Crain provided an excellent biographical sketch of JRCS Hall of Fame member Dr. Daniel Valentine:

Dr. Daniel Webster Valentine
March 7, 1863 – January 24, 1932

Stephen A. Crain


Daniel W. Valentine was born in New York City, on March 7, 1863. Little is known of his early years, except that he was educated in public and private schools, and later received his D.D.S. from the New York College of Dentistry in 1887. With the exception of one year spent in Vienna, he practiced dentistry in New York City from 1887 to 1896, and later moved to Englewood, New Jersey, where he practiced for another thirty-five years.

He married Ada Belle Colwell in 1896, with whom he had two daughters, Marion and Margaret Beattie Valentine.

Dr. Valentine became interested in numismatics very early in life, and although he was a general collector, he confined himself primarily to United States issues. He was very active in several numismatic organizations, including the American Numismatic Association, American Numismatic Society, and the New York Numismatic Club, for which he served as President for two terms, in 1918 and 1920. He was commemorated on a New York Numismatic Club Presidential medal, designed by J. M. Swanson, of which there were eight silver and fifty bronze medals struck.

Valentine assembled several notable collections, including a comprehensive collection of United States fractional currency, for which he published Fractional Currency of the United States in 1924. This publication was issued in a cloth bound edition of 225 copies at $5.00 each, and in a limited, leather bound edition of twenty-five numbered copies at $15.00 each. He also assembled a collection of United States one dollar gold coins, complete by mintmark.

Dr. Valentine is perhaps best remembered for his extensive collection of United States half dimes, which he exhibited at the American Numismatic Society in 1914. He published his monograph United States Half Dimes in 1931, with the American Numismatic Society, as #48 in their series Numismatic Notes and Monographs. This work has been reprinted twice, in 1975 by Quarterman Publications, and again in 1984 by Sanford J. Durst. In each of the reprints, the original photographic plates were copied, but were printed as ‘screen’ prints, comprised of a series of dots, like a newspaper photo, which cannot be magnified or enlarged for greater detail. Collectors and researchers are advised to locate a copy of the original ANS NNM #48 for its quality ‘collotype’ prints of the photographic plates, which like a photograph can be magnified for detailed study. For the Liberty Seated series alone, Valentine identified 257 different die marriages, greatly expanding upon the previous work of Will W. Neil, published in The Numismatist in 1927. While some of the die descriptions in the Valentine half dime reference are vague and ambiguous, and it often appears that he was unaware of the distinction between die marriage and die state, he provided us with the most comprehensive reference on the series to date. Critics might argue that his die descriptions, particularly for the post Civil War dates, are so brief as to be almost meaningless, but I suspect that some of this brevity might be attributed to an imposed publishing deadline. Valentine published his monograph late in 1931, and died, evidently of apoplexy, or stroke, on January 24, 1932. As a medical professional, he would have been acutely aware of his declining health, and apparently rushed to complete his work before health issues would no longer allow him to continue.

All of Dr. Valentine’s collections were sold at public auction prior to his death by Thomas Elder, in three sessions, on December 8, 9, and 10, 1927, in New York City, except for his remarkable collection of half dimes, which remained intact at the time of his death.
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Finally, JRCS web master Paul Hybert wrote with some exciting news about the JRCS web site:

Some club members have been working on a new look for the club's web site, and we have a first effort.  Please look at the first draft at:  www.jrcs.org/BETA/

The main points of the new style are: a navigation bar at the top of the page (with drop down selections for some items -- hover your mouse over an item, and a menu will appear for some items), a banner below the navigation bar, the text now has smooth left and right margins (ragged right was the old way), and each paragraph starts with indented text.

In the future, the same banner will be used on all pages.  Because we have not agreed upon a banner, one appears on only the top of the main page.  Please submit an image for a banner -- let it be 1,000 pixels wide, and 200 pixels tall.  The submitted images will be added to the bottom of the main page as they are received at jrcsweb(at)yahoo.com, and we hope to decide upon a new banner by the start of 2015.

The only pages that do NOT have the new look are the various JR Journal indexes: by-author, by-subject, and by-issue.  But these pages' content have been updated -- start at the navigation bar, and follow Publications -->> Journal Index to see all of the indexes into the JR Journal.  Were you aware these were on the old web site?

Let us know if we left something out, if something is hard to find, or something seems awkward.  We want pages that look good on a large browser window on a desktop monitor, and also look good on a smart phone's display.  We want pages that a browser can download quickly, so we prefer text over images, and small-sized image files over larger-sized files.  Our site is hosted for free from a simple server: no java-enabled apps, no search engines, no member logins, and no user uploads.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

JR Newsletter: 5 October 2014 (209)



In response to Kevin Coleman's inquiry last week, John Okerson wrote:

The 1834 Capped Bust Dime sure looks to be a JR-8 to me.  Using Early United States Dimes 1796-1837,  page 232, on the reverse the upper arrow shaft is detached, the scroll beginning and ending is correct too.

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Chuck Allen wrote with a follow up of Richard Meaney's presentation of a Stewart Witham biographical sketch:

Additional note on Witham's coins.

I believe most of the Witham Bust Half collection was sold privately to an investor and these coins later came to public auction through Heritage.

Many of Stewart Witham's Capped Bust Halves were sold in August 2010 at Heritage Auction #1143 and also in the "Sunday and Tuesday" Internet only  auction # 210083 , both of which can be searched on Heritage's archived auctions with images available.  Scroll down "limit results to" and find the August 2010 auctions and select 1143 or 210083, they are listed separately, put Witham in upper search, select bust half dollars from the scroll down menu and "titles and descriptions" then search.

I hope this is helpful to those who want to see some images of the CBH's of the Stewart Witham Collection.

Chuck Allen #1404
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Paul Kluth also commented on the Witham biographical sketch:

The bio was very helpful in getting to know a prominent member of JRCS from the past.  I would like to see other important members from the past also honored and not missed for the Society's Hall of Fame in the near future.  Thx!

Paul

Sunday, September 28, 2014

JR Newsletter: 28 September 2014 (208)



We have three contributions this week.  The first is from Kevin Coleman:

Hello,  I am trying to be able to identify which variation I have.  Because of the style of the 8 I believe it to be either a JR-6, JR-7 , or JR-8 (or possibly JR-9?)

Can you identify which I have or direct me to where I might be able to get the answer?

Thank you in advance,

Kevin Coleman

(Editor's note:  Click on the image to open a larger version)


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Garrett Ziss wrote:

Thank you for the information last week, Mr. Tompkins.  Like you mentioned, it's a neat way to connect a coin to a specific point in history.

The dates of the delivery warrants are interesting. The White House was burned on August 24, 1814 so I would think that the Mint employees would have known about this when the first set of coins were delivered to the Treasurer of the Mint on September 12. The next day, the Battle of Ft. McHenry started and the Mint employees could hear the cannon fire in Baltimore as they were striking coins. The war was getting closer.  I live outside of Philadelphia and have been to Baltimore several times, so I know these cities aren't that far apart.

At the ANA convention last month, Mr. Finkelstein gave a presentation on the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1797 and how the Mint shut down during the epidemic. They had a specific plan on how they would shut down. Even though the Mint was still striking coins during the War of 1812, did the Mint have some sort of plan (as they did with Yellow Fever) to shut down or hide equipment and supplies if the war moved to Philadelphia? If the British captured the Mint, our country would have been in serious trouble.  Of course, the British never got to Philadelphia, but the Mint didn't know what was going to happen during the war.

Garrett Ziss (JRCS 1465)
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Richard Meaney wrote:

Here is the biographical sketch intended for inclusion on the JRCS Hall of Fame web page for Stewart Witham:

Stewart "Stew" Witham was described by Bowers and Merena, in the company's catalog for a September 14-15, 1992 auction, as "one of America's best known numismatists". That catalog is a source for this biographical sketch of Stew Witham.

Stew Witham was born in 1916 in New York City.  He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1938.  He then went on to a career in property and casualty insurance, with his last eleven years in the industry as president of the Leonard Agency in Canton, Ohio.

Stew and his spouse, Merriam (Myers), were married in 1942.  They had one son, Walter Todd Witham. 

Outside of numismatics, Witham was active in many organizations, including the board of trustees of The Presbyterian Church, chairman and president of offices within the YMCA, campaign chairman for the United Way, Man of the Year for the Jaycees, and club president, district governor, and recipient of the Paul Harris Award with Rotary International.  Witham provided several years of military service during World War II. 

He started his foray into numismatics in 1960 when he began collecting Capped Bust half dollars by Beistle varieties.  His interest soon spread to Capped Bust half dimes by Valentine numbers, and then to Assay Commission and American Numismatic Society medals, early half dollar patterns, and medals relating to engraver John Reich and his father, Johann Christian Reich, who was also an engraver.

Witham authored many articles in numismatic publications, including eight articles in the John Reich Journal, and contributed to the publications of many other authors.  In 1993, Witham wrote and published the only known biography of John Reich, “Johann Matthäus Reich, Also Known as John Reich”.

Witham was active in many numismatic organizations, including the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, and the Token and Medal Society.  Witham also held membership number one in the Bust Half Nut Club!  Witham also specialized in material relating to President William McKinley and Treasury - Mint medals.

Those interested in the coins of Stew Witham will find two auction catalogs especially helpful.  The first included Witham's half dimes: 1977 Central States Numismatic Society Annual Convention Auction Sale, Featuring the Harley L. Freeman Collection, Milwaukee, WI May 13-15, 1977, conducted by Rarcoa.  Of note, there is no printed attribution of the half dimes in the catalog to the Witham collection.  The second catalog included Witham's counterstamped half dollars, Assay Commission medals, and Washington tokens and medals: The Witham and Sansoucy Collections and other Important Properties, Bowers and Merena, September 14-15, 1992.





Sunday, September 21, 2014

JR Newsletter: 21 September 2014 (207)



A number of interesting contributions this week…  we start with Steve Tompkins, who responded to last week's contributions from both Garrett Ziss and Winston Zack.

Steve Tompkins wrote:

This is in response to Garrett's question:

The Mint delivery records show two deliveries of bust halves in September 1814.

Delivery #725 - 9/12/1814 - 60,164

Delivery #727 - 9/19/1814 - 31,800

Let's look at some facts and statistics to see if we can determine if your coin was indeed struck during the battle at Fort McHenry...

Other than two R-4 die marriages, the other seven for the year are currently R-1 to R-3.

The total number of bust halves delivered for 1814 is 1,039,075.

If we just take this number and divide it by nine (the number of die marriages for the year), we get 115,453 coins struck per die marriage.

There is no way to determine exactly how many actual coins were struck with each die marriage due to the unknown amount of attrition for each marriage.

Even based on rarity we can not narrow it down to a more accurate number, as an R-1 can only be stated as containing more than 1250 coins still in existence and this is open ended.

But we can certainly state that the R-4 die marriages should contain 81-200 coins still remaining out of the original amount struck.

The most often stated survival rate for early bust coinage is about 3%, however for the bust halves, I would state that it could be as high as 5-10%, due to the banks keeping a large amount in their vaults.

If we take the 10% number, then for the R-4 die marriages there should have been at least 810 - 2000 coins originally struck. Even if this number is lowered to 5%, we are looking at 1620-4000 coins originally struck.

According to the Leman-Gunnett emission sequence, the last two die marriage struck in 1814 were O-103 & O-106. O-106 is currently an R-4 die marriage.

Only those coins produced and delivered in the last delivery of bust halves for the year could have possibly been struck during the battle.

The last delivery (#727) on 9/19/1814 contained 31,800 bust halves. If we subtract the possible amount of coins struck utilizing the dies of the O-106 die marriage, we still have at least 27,800 coins left over that could have been struck by the dies of the O-103 die marriage. As the O-103 is currently an R-1, most likely all of those remaining coins and some of the prior delivery were of the O-103 die marriage.

 So, the answer to the question is most likely yes...your coin could have been struck during the battle, but there were O-103's struck before and probably after the battle as well.

This is a neat way to connect a coin to a specific point in history!

Steve M. Tompkins
(JRCS 726)

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This is in response to Winston Zack:

It is called the "Group Die Theory" and was originally proposed by Robert P. Hilt II in his 1980 book, Die Varieties of Early United States Coins.

Steve M. Tompkins
(JRCS 726)
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H Craig Hamling also wrote in response to Winston Zack:

At my factory we would call that a pre-production plan.
Perhaps that is what you recall.

H Craig Hamling
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Sheridan Downey wrote with a request for me to reveal something about one of our newer contributors (Garrett Ziss).  Sheridan wrote:

Richard, be sure to tell your readers that Garrett is all of 11 years old.  In another 11 years I suspect that he will be the world's foremost expert on bust half-dollars and, perhaps, other early US coinage.

Best,
Sheridan
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Winston Zack wrote with a request for assistance from readers of the JR Newsletter:

I am putting the finishing 'writing' touches (edits will still be required) on a future JRJ article, but I am still missing some information I would like to add in order to make the article more complete. What I need are images of a few specific half-dime and dime cuds; the images will not be used in the article. If you can please help me by sending me images of the cuds I am looking for I would be most grateful, and your assistance would be noted in the article. Feel free to email me the images at: stoneman101(at)gmail.com

1) 1836 LM-3/V-4, reverse cud over A in AMERICA
2) 1829 JR-4, reverse cud over ER and retained cud over NITE
3) 1830 JR-4, reverse cud from Rim to M
4) 1831 JR-4, reverse cud above ED and later CA to arrowhead
5) 1831 JR-6, obverse cud from Rim to Star's 1-2-3
6) 1832 JR-2, obverse cud from Rim left of date
7) 1835 JR-4, reverse cud from A3 to Arrowheads

In addition, although I may be wrong, I recall that there is now a second Bust Dollar cud discovered/known in addition to the 1798 B-20/BB-1. I am not a Bust Dollar collector, but if there are any other Bust Dollar cuds known besides this 1798 B-20 I would be interested in adding that information to my article.

Thanks,
Winston Zack

Sunday, September 14, 2014

JR Newsletter: 14 September 2014 (206)



We have another week of excellent contributions for this issue of the JR Newsletter.  First, I want to correct the source of the contribution from last week about the National Battlefield Coin Show.  The information came from Paul Kluth, not Paul Hybert.

With that lead-in, we have something THIS WEEK from Paul Hybert:

The Pennsylvania announcement attributed to me in the last issue reminded me of some announcements I should have made last week.  The autumn Illinois club meeting was held late this past week in south suburban Chicago, and Wednesday night's meeting of the Chicago Coin Club featured a presentation by Lawrence J. Lee on coins recovered in archaeological digs at the site of Fort Atkinson (1820-1827).  The site is at the northern edge of the modern greater-Omaha urban area, west of the Missouri River.  During the presentation we saw some of the few
complete and cut Bust Halves that were found -- examples of complete and cut Spanish Colonial were much more common.  We were told that a soldier's pay was $5 per month, paid as ten half dollars; hundreds of soldiers were stationed at the fort, so many nice halves entered the local economy, either whole or in pieces.  I believe 130 coins have been found so far.

Look for a book by Lawrence J Lee, titled The Coins of Fort Atkinson, later in 2014.  It should cover details from the recent digs, photos from a reconstructed fort, as well as original records that were referenced (I think he mentioned that one year of records from the fort's sutler are known).  From the photos shown in the presentation, I attribute two 1817 halves as O-111 and O-112, which are common R1 and R2.  I do not have the dime book handy, so the one found dime, dated 1821, remains unattributed -- also, only the obverse was pictured, probably making attribution more difficult.

Paul Hybert

Editor's note:  To save many the trouble of looking it up, here's a definition of sutler:  a civilian provisioner to an army post often with a shop on the post
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Next, a timely contribution from Garrett Ziss that you will enjoy:

On November 10, 2013, I visited Ft. McHenry after attending the Baltimore Whitman show the day before.  During our tour, they mentioned that the cannon fire from the September 13/14, 1814 Battle of Ft. McHenry, could be heard all the way to Philadelphia.  Of course, I immediately thought of the Mint striking Bust Halves while the employees wondered if our country would survive.  I did not yet own an 1814 Capped Bust half dollar, but made it a goal to purchase one sometime in 2014 during the 200th Anniversary of the coin and the Star-Spangled Banner.  I looked high and low for one in my price range, especially at the ANA in Chicago.  I really liked a couple of the 1814's that Mr. Downey had in his Mail Bid auction, but they were out of my league.  Today (September 13), the day before the 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, I purchased an 1814 Bust Half at a coin show in Lancaster, PA. It is only a VF O-103 (R1), but it's a nice looking coin. 

As soon as I got home with the coin, I looked up the emission sequence for 1814 Bust Halves. The O-103 is the next to last die marriage listed for 1814 out of a total of 9 die marriages.  So, I think it's possible that it could have been struck during the time of the Battle of Ft. McHenry.  September 14, 1814 was a Wednesday, so the Mint was in operation that day.  My question to Bust Half experts is, if the information on the Mint delivery warrants is known for that year, is it possible to definitively tell what die marriage was being made on September 13/14, 1814? 

Visiting Ft. McHenry is very patriotic and moving, so I hope that anyone who visits Baltimore will stop by at Ft. McHenry.  Also, if you have a chance today, take a few minutes to sing the Star-Spangled Banner to celebrate it's 200th Anniversary.

Garrett Ziss (JRCS 1465)
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Winston Zack made the following inquiry:

I am trying to remember the term/phrase used to describe the idea, or practice, whereby the Mint would produce an initial set number of dies for each year's anticipated coin production.

I hope my description is helpful enough to get the correct response.

I remember, or at least am 98% certain, that, David Finkelstein gave a presentation a couple years back conveying such a term, and he might know the answer to my question.

Thanks,
Winston
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

JR Newsletter: 7 September 2014 (205)



There are a number of contributions to this week's newsletter.  The first from Kay Olson Freeman:

I have a question about a Seal cut by John Reich:  Has anyone seen the seal of the United States Military Philosophical Society engraved by John Reich?  Reich received payment of $65.00 from the Society on May 30. 1806 for cutting the seal.

The seal is 2-in. diameter.
Central standing figure of Athena/Minerva wearing plumed helmet.
Shield with Medusa head held in left hand.
Spear in right hand, pointing down to base of laurel or olive tree.
"Scientia in Bello Pax"  - motto at top. "1805" - at bottom.

The seal is pictured in an article in the magazine ANTIQUES, January 1974, p. 176.  The article is "Louis Simond, amateur artist" by Wendy J. Shadwell, curator Middendorf Collection.  Louis Simond designed the Society's membership diploma and the seal.  The membership diploma is shown in the article and can be seen online.  The membership diploma was engraved and printed by William Satchwell Leney - paid $476.  I have not seen the seal anyplace but in the article.
It is not clear if the seal is attached to the membership diploma and if both are in the Middendorf Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.  The records of the US Military Philosophical Society are held at the New-York Historical Society, according to the article.

The seal is a very nice example of Reich's work!

Kay Olson Freeman
kayofreeman(at)comcast.net

Editor's Note:  I've been working on a project for the past couple of weeks.  The JRCS Board of Directors decided that a biographical sketch for each member of the JRCS Hall of Fame would make a good addition to the Hall of Fame page on the JRCS website.  I volunteered to write the biographical sketch of Stew Witham.  My research on Witham took me to a few different sources and I am awaiting one or two more sources as I write this.  One of the sources was a book written by Witham himself.  Stewart Witham was the author of "JOHANN MATTHÄUS REICH, Also known as John Reich."  On the cover of the only Reich biography (that I know of) is a photo of the United States Military Philosophical Society Seal.  On the inside of the front cover, the Seal is described as "2 inches in diameter on paper" and provided courtesy of the New York Historical Society.  I scanned a copy of the seal from the cover of my book.  I think readers will appreciate seeing the image of the Seal along with Kay Olson Freeman's contribution to the newsletter – Richard Meaney.

 

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Steve Gupta wrote:

finenumismaticbooks.com is offering the entire series of the John Reich Journal complete as issued from 1986-2013 (70 issues) in their Mail Bid Sale #23.  They are described to be in Fine+ condition and would be a great reference for collectors of early silver.

I have often perused the journal index on the JRCS website and then tried to track down a back issue only to find that they are not available.  Even when available, I have seen single issues priced as high as $45 each.

Steve Gupta 

Editor's Note:  I think David Sklow's catalog underestimates the value of this complete (or nearly complete) compilation of John Reich Journals.  The auctioneer's estimate of $400 for lot #556 will likely be exceeded by fifty percent or more, especially after the publicity it receives in this newsletter.  I think I recall a near-complete set selling a few years ago at a JRCS annual meeting for upwards of $800.  Also, for those of you looking for single issues to fill holes in a collection, recall that you can order them from the JRCS official source:  professional book dealer Bryce Brown of Avon, CT. To view the extensive inventory of back issues and pricing, go to Bryce's website and scroll down to JR Journals. The website is http://brycebooks.squarespace.com/storage/Lit-Periodicals-display-htm.htm
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Paul Hybert wrote with an announcement about a coin show:

On Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014, the inaugural Battlefield Coin Show will take place in Gettysburg, PA.  This Show is intended to replace the Whitman Philadelphia Show that took place the last couple of years in September.

To-date, about 200 dealer tables have been sold and several dealers who specialize in Bust coins will be present.  Five educational seminars are planned for Saturday.

What I like about this Show in particular is that it is easy to get to, hotel rates are much more affordable, there is free parking, and there is much to see and do in historic Gettysburg.  A good place to take the family.

The official press release for the show is shown here:

Battlefield Coin Shows™, a division of Hobbies Unlimited LLC is proud to sponsor The National Battlefield Coin Show™ in Gettysburg, PA on September 20th and 21st, 2014.  This inaugural show will be hosted at the Eisenhower Hotel’s All Star Event Complex with room for 600 dealer tables.  Show hours are from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm on both days.    
Free appraisal service will be offered by Battlefield Coin Shows™ and will be staffed by knowledgeable numismatists from several local and national coin clubs.  Several educational sessions will be taught by some of the leading experts in their fields.  The educational sessions will be on Saturday, September 20th.  The sessions are as follows:

Time                Presenter                              Session Title

11-12            George Slade                     Food Stamp Coupon Change Tokens
12-1              Don Cann                          Bryan Money from the Election of 1896
1-2                Paul Joseph (ANACS)      Young Numismatics Presentation
2-3                Bill Bugert                         1861 O Half Dollars
3-4                John Frost                         Double Dimes & the Amazing Discovery at the CC Mint

For information, call Michael Dixon at (301) 788-6232 or email at:  mike(at)battlefieldcoinshows.com.  You can visit us on the web at: WWW.BattlefieldCoinShows.com and can like us on facebook at:  www.facebook.com/battlefieldcoinshows

We look forward to meeting each and every one of those who attend.

Editor's Note:  On a related topic, I participated in a "test run" of a video conference over the internet along with members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club.  I agreed to participate to see if it was an effective means of "broadcasting" club meetings to members who were unable to be present at the meetings.  I enjoyed the format and think it holds promise for us.