Volume 6 Issue 2
INTERNET EDITION February
The official A.G.M. Minutes for 2001 will be forthcoming at the appropriate time and in the usual manner. This brief report of the Meeting held on February 8th. is an unofficial interpretation and is supplied for absent member's information only.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REPORT.
The Annual General Meeting of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society was held on the evening of 8th February 2001 along with the election of officer bearers for the following 12 months. The Meeting was also attended by four Launceston members who travelled down to Hobart on Thursday afternoon - in 37.7 C degree heat - to be present for what proved to be a most interesting evening.
In his final address as President for 2000, Mr. Roger McNeice O.A.M., F.R.N.S., pulled few punches in expressing his deep disappointment that many of the things that the Society had enthusiastically planned for 2000 were not achieved partly due to the current decline in active membership, amongst other things.
Unfortunately, the out-going President was not able to announce the finalisation of outstanding business for 2000 as it appeared that several important reports and documents from senior Executive officers were not completed in time, or unavailable for the A.G.M. for various reasons, and these will need to be resubmitted at the next General Meeting for approval.
Prior to the calling of nominations for President for 2001, Roger indicated that, if he were called upon, he would be forced to decline from accepting a further consecutive term in that office owing to extremely important and growing commitments to his own business which was gearing up for the expansion of the Tourist Token section..
Several other expected nominees were also unavailable for the elections due to ill-health and were on sick leave, and some had other personal or business commitments. Whilst some of our usual honorary appointments are subject to final acceptance, the following members were nominated and voted into office by popular vote.
President: Christopher Heath.
Vice President: Roger McNeice O.A.M., F.R.N.S.
Secretary: Office held open.
Treasurer: Charles Hunt.
Editor: Graeme Petterwood.
General Committee: Paul Petterwood (North), Shane Matson (North), Tom Williamson (South) with provision for two additional Committee.
Once the election procedure had been finalised, the meeting was opened up for input and a very strong discussion and debate was initiated in respect to the current membership problem - at all levels, new technological changes, alternative ways of educating and keeping in contact with members, current finances, and other ways of increasing our working revenues than by hitting our member's hip-pockets again.
It was a most invigorating session and the majority of members went away, I am sure, with a little more fire in the belly than they started with even considering the most uncomfortable climatic conditions of the evening.
The ANDA Coin, Note & Stamp Show
During next month on Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 March 2001, the Society will have the opportunity of assisting the A.N.D.A. in presenting their major Centenary of Federation 1901 - 2001, Coin, Note & Stamp Show in Hobart at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Glenorchy.
Included in the Show will be the usual high quality numismatic items plus Phonecards, Militaria, Pins and other exonumia and collectables.
It is planned to have at about 40 stands with major traders from around Australia and overseas who are keen to BUY and SELL!
It is also planned that the Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint will be present.
The Show will run from 10. 00a.m - 6. 00p.m on Saturday and from 10. 00a.m - 5. 00p.m on Sunday.
The A.N.D.A. Show co-ordinators have contacted the Tasmanian Numismatic Society and are looking for the active participation of a few local volunteers. On the Saturday night there will be a strictly limited seating A.N.D.A. and Invited Guests Dinner at the famous Shot Tower, Taroona. We believe the nominal price of the meal will be about $20.00 - not including beverages - for ANDA members and their guests.
(Details of time, seating availability etc. for this function are to be advised to those T.N.S. volunteers who wish to attend.)
As arrangements need to being finalised, any T. N. S. members who can spare an hour or so on both - or either - days to assist in general, or even to act as door ushers, are requested to contact the Society without delay and put their name on the list and find out the latest arrangements, particularly if they wish to be included in the Saturday evening Shot Tower function on St. Patrick's Day - 17th March.
THE TASMANIAN INITIATIVE. Following the story 'Tasmania - The Tourist's Mecca' in the last month's issue, I have now received a detailed list of the new Tasmanian Souvenir Dollars - including the popular Port Arthur Token series - courtesy of the Tasmanian manufacturers.
For those who did not have the chance to read the previous article, we pointed out that Tasmania has gained the high reputation as being virtually the foremost tourist destination in the South Pacific region. Our abundant natural attributes, plus those man-made attractions that we still safe-guard from our recent past, are attracting a growing number of visitors to our island each year - and some are returning for a second look, or to stay!
Thousands of interstate and international tourists who flock to the state’s most popular man-made destination at Port Arthur are now able to purchase lasting mementos - as a reminder of their visit to this former brutal penal site - because of a wholly Tasmanian initiative. During late 2000, a relatively small quantity of loose souvenir tokens were commissioned from nationally known fine medal manufacturer, Tasmedals of Hobart, by the Port Arthur Historic Site, and were made available at the site from a special vending machine developed by Tasmedals. These Port Arthur tokens were adapted from the popular generic Tasmania Tourist Dollar (#2), that had been released a little earlier in 2000 by Tasmedals, which highlighted most of the best known tourist destinations on the obverse and featured a snarling Tasmanian Devil on the reverse. The first sample design that was prepared still retained the Tasmanian Map obverse coupled with a front-on view of the Port Arthur Church as the reverse (#3) but, because of the scope of the site’s history, it was decided to expand and alter the concept quite considerably.
The second sample (#3.1), which featured a convict with ball and chain leg irons as an obverse and with the Port Arthur Church reverse, was prepared and accepted and a run of 3000 loose singles was successfully issued. It was later discovered that the design was slightly incorrect from an historical point of view - many of the Port Arthur convicts wore leg-irons and chains but apparently were never made to use the heavy iron ball usually associated with this era of penal history.
The next issue (#3.2), which is the on-going design, shows the leg restraints without the ball.
At present there are now six individual carded 30mm. tokens, mainly in brass, that are designed especially for the Port Arthur Historic Site with the famous unfinished Port Arthur Church as a common reverse but with an obverse that will evoke memories of the guided tours whilst depicting aspects of the old convict life. One item, a convict ‘Love Token’ replica, is made from Copper like most of the original 'love tokens' - which were nearly always scratched or punched, sometimes very skilfully, onto a defaced English copper penny coin. Each plastic protected token card gives a brief snippet of information about the penal colony and the scene portrayed.
These Tasmania Port Arthur Souvenir Dollar tokens which are marked ‘Official Collectors Token’ are readily available on site as a very attractive and economical set for those travellers who collect this type of exonumia on their wanderings.
Several other well known tourism ventures in Tasmania are now installing the special Tasmedals vending machine which provides their own individually designed souvenir tokens in loose form for their visitors - so, keep an eye open and you may be able to collect all of the current Tasmania Souvenir Dollar/Token range which we have listed from details kindly supplied.
The Tourist Token range issued in 2000 consisted of:
1. Interhash 2000. Tas. Map/Tas. Devil (cartoon) Interhash Tas. (Number issued 1000) Loose single.
2. Generic Tourist Dollar. Tasmania Map/ Tasmanian Devil (Number issued 2000) Loose single.
3.0 Port Arthur Tourist Dollar. Tasmania Map/Port Arthur Church (Very limited sample strike) Not officially released*
3.1 Convict Tourist Dollar. Convict with Leg Irons and Ball. (Number issued 3000)* - SOLD OUT.
3.2 Convict Tourist Dollar. Convict with Leg Irons without Ball. (Continuous Issue) Loose single.
3.3 Convict Tourist Dollar.
Convict with Leg Irons without Ball. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.4 Convict Tourist Token. Isle of the Dead with Gravestones. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.5 Convict Tourist Token. Love Token** with Convict and Woman. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single - Copper composition.
3.6 Convict Tourist Token. Details of Guard’s uniform button. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.7 Convict Tourist Token. Mini Cessation of Transportation Medal. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.8 Convict Tourist Token. Ghost tour scenes from window (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
4. Maritime Museum of Tasmania. Tas. Map/ Museum Emblem. (Initial issue 1000 plus) Loose single*.
5. Shot -Tower, Taroona. Shot-tower/Joseph Moir replica penny token. (Initial issue 1000 plus) Loose single.
The range issued so far this year 2001 consists of:
6. Sea Horse World. Sea Horse/Sea Horse World logo. (Initial issue 2000 plus) Loose single - Copper composition.
7. Don Railway Train Token. Don River Railway logo/Dubs No.8 Train Engine. (Initial issue 2000 plus) Loose single.
* Several expected new releases will be mentioned in future newsletter issues as soon as full details become available. We have been advised by Tasmedals that, unless stipulated, all styles are proposed to be on-going. Further illustrations forthcoming as space permits.
8 Orana Place, Taroona. 7053.
Ph: (02) 6227 8825 (Office) - (02) 6231 5281 (Showroom).
Just to make the series even more interesting for local numismatists in particular, I happened to notice that, of the early loose 'Tasmania Souvenir Dollars' that had been sent for me to view as original design samples, one (#4) showed evidence of having been produced with slightly upset (or rotated) dies - and later I was advised that a very small quantity of the earliest Port Arthur Tourist Dollars (#3) - which were produced as test samples and classified as 'mules' - may have been included with the first approved run of 3000 that were accepted in loose single form - (#3.1)
For our uninitiated readers or new collectors - the term Upset (or Rotated) dies mean the back and front of a coin, medal or medallion are stamped out with the designs rotated at slightly different angles (instead of being vertical in comparison to each other) - this is usually caused by one of the keys that hold the two dies in place gradually working loose and allowing one to increasingly slip further around.
The term Mule means that an incorrect die has been used, deliberately or by error, on one side of a particular strike thus creating a variety which is a combination of two different unrelated designs. Both of these events can occur when the dies are first being prepared for samples, testing of the machinery or even for the final stage - the strike. Occasionally these hard to detect ‘errors’ may not be immediately spotted during the manufacturing process or corrected prior to an issue being released.
On mentioning this to the manufacturer, I was advised that those problems had been noted and corrected fairly quickly, but it is possible there just may be one or two escaped 'varieties' out there waiting to be found - so keep an eye out for the very early loose Tasmania Tourist Dollar issues that might be found with various degrees of rotation in the dies or with a different reverse or obverse than usual for that issue - they may not have all been recaptured! Good Hunting!
Recommended Reading: "convict LOVE tokens" Edited by Michele Field and Timothy Millett. Published by the Numismatic Assoc. of Aust. (Wakefield Press) 1998.
CENTENARY OF FEDERATION MEDALLION. As this year, 2001, is the Centenary of Australia's Federation the celebration has included the issuance of many mementoes of all types including the attractive Tasmanian made 80mm Gold-plated Centenary of Federation Medallion featuring the St.Helen's Wax Flower - the official Tasmanian Federation flower. The authorised medallion design was prepared and manufactured by Tasmedals of Hobart and is available along with a special Federation Badge featuring the Australian coat-of-arms as featured on our earliest silver coins.
As this is, by it's nature, a one-off event these medallions will only last until they are sold out - and there will be no repeats for at least another 100 years!
The medallion retails at A$19.95 ea. and the badge at A$13.95 ea. with a A$5.50 postage fee when purchased direct from the manufacturer.
At time of writing stock is still available for those of our members and readers who may wish to procure these particularly interesting numismatic keepsakes to hand on to their families. Bankcard, Visa and Mastercard are acceptable and orders should be directed to:
8 Orana Place, Taroona. 7053. Tasmania, Australia.
Ph: (02) 6227 8825 (Office) - (02) 6231 5281 (Showroom).
"It's one of the most attractive, spectacular and original medals I've ever seen and does justice to the 2001 Centenary of Australia."
- Jérôme Remick. Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada. 29-1-2001.
(As well as his international credentials as a geologist, Jérôme Remick is recognised as a highly respected numismatist, medallist, author and reviewer. He is also a member of scores of numismatic societies and clubs throughout the world.)
WOODEN NICKELS - VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE! Normally when one thinks of 'Wooden Nickels' it is usually the round U.S. version that immediately springs to mind. However, the original concept of a 'wooden nickel' was as an emergency scrip when a bank failed in Tenino, Washington in 1931 and it was first produced on a very flat, thin rectangular piece of wood and mimicked the appearance of a small banknote. During the early 1930's with the Depression raging, the benefits of a 'cheap to produce' wooden 5 cent token were soon obvious and similar items to the bank issue, usually with an advertising theme attached, soon appeared and gradually gained widespread popularity. By the 1950's, they were being used extensively for commemorative pieces as well. There are now countless issuers of wooden nickels all over the U.S. and the concept has spread far and wide. During the 1940's the thin wooden disc nickels started to gain popularity and, whilst most later issues are this shape, they are being made a lot thicker and sturdier that the earlier models. Plastic is starting to appear in ever increasing quantities - although the traditionalist collector prefers the true 'wooden nickel'. Prices for these easily obtained pieces of exonumia vary from 5 cents for modern issues up to about US$4.00 for the 1930 - 1940 rectangular and round 'wooden nickels', however, the cost of production of some finer items now outweighs the 'nickel' concept and some are issued in limited runs as desirable collectibles that should - in time - command a premium well beyond the common 'wooden nickels' price range.
I was fortunate to recently receive a gift of two quality 'wooden nickels', produced in Canada for T.N.S. member #112, Jérôme Remick. Both were in the original flat rectangular style, on paper thin wood, and issued by Jerry to celebrate Christmas 2000. Jerry tells me that he only had 100 of each design made for 2000 - but he can also get them produced in the familiar (approx. 4cms) round pattern if he wishes to do something different by alternating issue shapes each year.
Tokens and Medals (First Edition 1992). by Stephen P. Alpert and Lawrence E. Elman.
These few brief notes are supplied, as information only, from items that have come across our email desktop in the recent week. Readers are reminded that any consequent dealings between correspondents is of a private nature and we take no responsibility for disagreements between parties.
Emilianno Micalizzi wants to swap coins and banknotes. He has been swapping with quite a few other collectors and is prepared to offer their names as referees to his bona fides. Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Fonseca has Caribbean and Pan-American regional banknote spares that he wishes to swap or sell. He can be contacted by post:
Box 3701, Managua, Nicaragua. -- or at email: email@example.com
A SPECIAL REQUEST.
The Internet News segment has recently received a request for information about a 1968 2 cent coin variety. It appears that the designer's initials S D (Stuart Devlin) are absent from the reverse of some of these coins. The initials are normally located between the front and back legs of the frilled neck lizard. It has already been noted by the editor's personal observation that varying degrees of clarity are obvious on some 2 cent coins between 1966 - 1980's because of either excessive wear on soft strikes or filled dies but this complete absence of initials on a few of the 1968's has apparently been verified.
any of our members or readers have further information regarding availability of
this mysterious piece the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' editor would be as interested
to hear about it as is our correspondent, Jerry Himelfarb, who can be contacted
Quote - "This is in fact a proven example that the ACGS has graded and Spinks has acknowledged. I've have personally seen two examples and am looking for another. I find it rather curious that only a few collectors in OZ actually know about it. I know one did transact a few years ago at some ridiculous price. I'm looking to get one of my own and am looking for some help. It's not a soft strike or "Filled die as there is no residual material under extreme magnification - this was a die that simply didn't have the initials engraved." - Unquote.
For those collectors of Tokens who occasionally look in our T.N.S. Member #363 Jerry Adams' site (see below) take the time to check out Forrest Stevens' homepage and links: http://users.pullman.com/fjstevens/tokens/org_links.html
MEMBER’S MAGAZINE. Articles published in this new segment are eligible for the Editor’s Award which will be announced in November. The following article is reprinted in part with the kind permission of our T.N.S. Member #363, Jerry Adams of Texas and the full illustrated version including the several scans of the tokens bearing a panther logo can be viewed, by those interested in this fascinating area of numismatics, on page 46 at Jerry’s website: http://members.home.net/tokenguy/index.htm
HOW DID FORT WORTH BECOME
By Jerry Adams, copyright © 2001, all rights reserved.
Quite often you run across a token that has an interesting name, and you wonder how that name came about. Place names are varied, sometimes they are self explanatory, like Pilot Point, obviously named for a hill which was used by early travellers as a landmark for navigation on the plains. Other places had secondary names, nicknames that appeared on exonumia. Fort Worth’s best known secondary name has always been "Cowtown" and other towns have also shared that moniker: Dodge City, Abilene, etc.
So when challenged to find the story of a second nickname "Panther city" on a Fort Worth token, I was skeptical that an answer would be easily found.
Fort Worth 1873 – THE PANTHER LEGEND
Following the War Between the States, Fort Worth was a sleepy little cattle town on the Chisolm trail. In October 1873, the nations financial markets crashed, the stock market closed for 10 days, and the nations was plunged into a financial depression. Fort Worth suffered as most towns. The railroads stopped all construction, and the rails had not yet reached Fort Worth, but were stopped west of Dallas. People left Cowtown by the hundreds and only about a thousand people were left in the city. Grass was literally growing in the streets.
Dallas was in much better shape than Fort Worth, as the railroad had reached that city. The hustle and bustle of the town at the end of the rails made the possibility of making a living greater there. The Dallas newspaper at that time was the Dallas Herald. A writer for the Herald named Robert E. Cowart wrote an article for the paper that noted that Fort Worth was such a drowsy little town, that he had seen a panther laying asleep in the street by the courthouse! The Ft. Worth civic leaders and newspaper men made note of the printed slight, and the Dallas-Ft. Worth rivalry escalated.
The PANTHER BECOMES A SYMBOL OF THE CITY
On 19 July 1876, at 11:23 AM the first train arrived in Fort Worth. That year coincided with the arrival of several large herds of cattle coming up the trail, and the influx of hides from the buffalo hunts on the plains west of town. By the end of the year 1876, over 204,000 cattle had come through the town, and over 200,000 buffalo hides had been transported through Fort Worth. The days of panthers sleeping on Main street seemed to be over.
The adoption of the panther as a mascot, was a kind of "thumb in your eye" signal to Dallas, that Fort Worth was "AWAKE" and as metropolitan as the city to the east. Panther Saloons sprang up almost overnight. The Fort Worth Democrat newspaper added the drawing of Panther to its masthead. The drawing depicted a panther crouched next to railroad tracks running through a thriving town, and below that the words: "WHERE THE PANTHER LAID (sic) DOWN". There were Panther meat markets, panther saloons and stores. Two live mountain lion cubs were found, and put into an elaborate cage at the fire hall. Several saloons adopted live panthers as mascots. The panther kept by the Keg Saloon was pretty wild and had a reputation as a mean critter. On January 25, 1873, the Ft. Worth Democrat reported: "The panther at the Keg Saloon scalped another man yesterday evening." (Evidently this had happened before!)
THE FT. WORTH PANTHER REPRESENTED IN GRAPHIC SYMBOL
The Panther when shown on Fort Worth symbols is sometimes awake, crouched, ready to spring. Other times it is shown asleep, curled into a rounded position.
PANTHER - MOUNTAIN LION – PUMA
On the frontier, all large long tailed cats were called panthers. Today, we may differentiate between the exotic imported "black panther" and the indigenous mountain lion or puma, but in the 1880’s, they were just "panthers." In scientific terms, the animal is Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora, Family Felidaeand the genus species is "Felis concolor." It ranges the southern USA from Florida to California and northward on the Pacific coast into southern Canada. It is referred to as Puma, Cougar, Panther, Painter, Catmount, Mountain Lion. It is generally a secretive solitary and nocturnal animal. The head and body measure 6 feet 9 inches long, with a shoulder height of 30 inches. Weight of a grown cat will be in the 180 pound range. The fur is tawny to gray, muzzle is white and chest is lighter colored, and the tail is tipped with black. The head is small, it is believed to be the most widely distributed carnivore in the New World. As with most large cats, it hunts deer and other mammals by stalking and rushing, or pouncing from hiding, and biting the neck of its prey.
USE OF THE PANTHER NAME IN FORT WORTH
Use of the Panther name includes: Panther Hall, Pascal Panthers (high school mascot), Fossil Ridge Panthers (high school mascot), and the panther appears on all police badges of Fort Worth. The first baseball team in Fort Worth was founded in 1877, called The Fort Worth Baseball Club, but they were known as the Fort Worth Cats by 1879. By the turn of the century the newspapers were calling the club the Panthers. Businesses and organizations using the panther name included Panther Novelty Company, the Panther Boys Club (founded 1928), Panther Oil & Grease Mfg. Co., Panther Cleaners, Panther City Transfer Co., Panther City Mattress Co., Panther City Motorcycle Club, Panther Sign Co., and the Panther City Lodge of the Masonic Temple No. 1183.
THE REAL PANTHER STILL EXISTS
Cat Mountain Trail, Keller, Texas, just north of Fort Worth, 21 October
My wife had just walked in the door from work, and as she set down her purse and briefcase, she spoke to me, "Guess what I saw on the way to work this morning? Linda (her business associate) and I were on Bursey Road (2 blocks south), you know where they have those little goats on that farm. Well, it was early and still fairly dark, and all of a sudden a black panther ran across Bursey with a goat in its mouth! It jumped the barbed wire fence and ran down into the creek. Cars coming the other direction stopped and the drivers looked." (The next morning I called the local animal control office and alerted them of the sightings.)
Partial newspaper clipping: Tuesday November 30, 1999, Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
of big black cat is reported in Grapevine"
By Betsy Blaney Star-Telegram Staff Writer
GRAPEVINE -- A large black cat -- about the size of a German shepherd -- was seen yesterday by a motorist in a neighborhood in the southwest part of the city, officials said.
Animal control officers found tracks in the area where the motorist reported seeing the big cat cross West Port Drive near Texas 121 and Hall- Johnson Road about 1 p.m., police said. Officials said they are uncertain whether the animal is the same one that was reported last year in several Northeast Tarrant County cities. That big cat was believed to be a panther. "There's no way in the world of knowing," Grapevine police spokesman Bob Murphy said. Late yesterday, Grapevine animal control officers were setting out traps to try to capture the feline, Murphy said. Police are cautioning residents to keep their pets and small children indoors or to supervise them when they are outside. When a large black cat was reported in the area almost 18 months ago, there were no reports that it was aggressive, Murphy said. But because cats are carnivorous, caution is necessary, he said. Anyone who encounters a large cat should slowly back away and avoid eye contact, he said."
How Fort Worth became the Texasmost City by Leonard Sanders;
North of the River by J’Nell Pate;
Hell’s Half Acre by Dr. Richard Selcer;
Gamblers & Gangsters of Ft. Worth’s Jacksboro Highway by Ann Arnold;
Various Ft Worth city directories and newspapers.
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