Volume 12 Issue 9Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996) September 2007
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+ IN MEMORIUM +
11th. September 2001.
The 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' and 'Numisnet World' renew their expressions of profound sympathy to all the families of those thousands of innocents who were lost in New York and Washington on September 11th 2001 during the diabolical and fanatical outrages that occured on that day, as well as those hundreds of men, women and children who perished as a result of the hijackers actions on board the four airliners that were used tp perpertrate these crimes against humanity. We still weep with the families of those who fought back to save the toll being so much higher - we know they did not die in vain.
To the bereaved families of the frontline troops - the fire services and police department personnel - who did their duty and put their very lives on the line to try and save thousands of their fellow citizens - we also especially commend our thoughts and prayers.
Terrorism will never prevail when the free world has heroes such as these who are prepared to defend it with everything they have - even their lives.
LEST WE FORGET!
by Graeme Petterwood. © 2007.
Remember - be astute when you are handed change - not all the wonders of numismatics have been discovered yet - and they don't have to be shiny and new! This edition again features an assortment of 'trivia' that I think is of interest and I trust it will prove educational and entertaining to you as well.
All or any prices quoted in articles in this newsletter, unless stipulated, are estimates only and they should not be considered to be an offer to sell or purchase the items mentioned or used as illustrations. Please note that the photoscans of numismatic items are usually not to size or scale, but - wherever possible - they are from the authors' own collection or the extensive picture library of the 'Numisnet World' - Internet Edition.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
1899 (Bombay) Britannia Series Trade Dollar obverse and reverse - 1904 (Bombay) Straits Settlements Dollar reverse.
Included in the major coin catalogue 'Standard Catalog of World Coins', published by Krause Publications of Wisconsin, U.S.A., under the Great Britain banner, in a section named 'Kingdom - Britannia Series', is a .900 Silver coin refered to as a 'DOLLAR' and it was issued between 1895 and 1934-5. The actual silver content of the coin was .7800 oz.ASW (Actual Silver Weight)
Although the 1925 and 1930 issues were minted in London, these very attractive 39mm.coins weighing 26.9568 g. were mainly produced in Bombay and Calcutta Mints in an effort to facilitate the trade in the Orient and the S.E. Asian areas. They were valued for their consistency as silver bullion at a time when that metal was being used by the other nations vying for a foothold in Asia as the trade coinage of choice. The large Dollar-sized pieces such as Austrian Thalers, U.S. Trade Dollars and, of course, the famous Spanish 8 Real, were very well traveled throughout the Orient and the Far East.
Other large silver dollar-sized coins did find their way into trade but their use was far more limited in the Asian region.
Some European nations also used Gold in their Trade coinage - such as Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands.
Spanish 8 Real .903 Silver coins used world-wide as a trade coin.
Minted in Spain and the Americas, this 1804 example is from Mexico and bears the Mo mintmark.
(Diameter approx 39.5mm. weight 27.0700g - ASW .7859 oz.)
I have recently read an article from a colleague who considers that the Britannia Dollar coins should be re-attributed to the Malaya section of the catalogue - as that is where they were widely USED regardless of their minting history. The assertion is very interesting and the argument is apparently reasonably valid as the coin was never issued for circulation in India nor Hong Kong although many found their way there as bullion coins
(The coins that ended up in HK can be easily
identified as they are often seen with multiple 'chop marks' -
indentations to test the coin as being true silver not just plated or a far
In fact, a very similar silver coin, bearing the effigy of King Edward VII - instead of Britannia, was issued specifically for the Straits Settlement areas during 1903-4. This approx. 38mm. coin was slightly lighter at 26.9500 g. with a silver content of .7799 oz. ASW
The same design coin was issued from London and Heaton's Birmingham Mints - in a reduced size of 34.5 mm. weighing 20.2100 g. - with .5848 oz ASW content, from 1907 until 1909. King George V also issued a London minted, reduced size, Straits Dollar between 1919 - 1926, but it still featured the same reverse. The size of this .500 Silver coin was even smaller at 33mm., weight 16.8500 and the precious metal content was down to .2709 oz. ASW.
However, most of the large silver coins used as Trade Dollars near the turn of the 19th Century were of similar weight and fineness.
The American 38.1mm. Trade Dollar (1873 - 1884) designed by William Barber, was specifically marked as 'Trade Dollar' and weighed in at 27.22 g with its .900 ASW at .7878 oz.
Initial mintages were substantial but, by 1879, when the famous George T. Morgan dollar had been established as the circulation coin, the U.S. had virtually ceased issuing trade coinage and were only issuing proof coins - and even these tailed off altogether by 1884. These Trade Dollars had been slightly heavier than the contemporary 38.1 mm diameter Seated Liberty dollar, designed by Christian Golbrecht, and the Morgan Dollar which weighed 26.73g with an ASW of .7736 oz., but they were not a successful bullion coin..
U.S. 1875 Silver Trade Dollar. The U.S. heavy Dollar had a limited life span for a trade coin.
The .833 Silver Austrian Maria Theresa Thaler (all dated 1780 - but produced in various European mints and issued bearing this date until mid 20th Century) had a diameter of 39.5mm., weighed 28.0668g with an ASW of .7517 oz.
For further details about the origin - and identifying the further mintings of this interesting and highly successful trade coin - refer:
Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition . http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/April2004.htm
The author's Maria Theresa Silver Thaler (dated 1780) was actually minted in Vienna sometime between 1957 - 75
The Japanese Trade Dollar was very close to the specifications of the U.S. Trade Dollar - it had the same 31.8mm. diameter, was 420 grains - .900 Silver with an ASW of 7876 oz. It was first produced in 1875 but only issued until 1877 - like the U.S. Trade Dollar, it was supposed to be a coin designed for trade convenience but didn't prove popular as it was duplicating existing circulation coinage.. Some minted in Tokyo had a 'Gin' (Silver) Mark on the right-hand side of the reverse, while some minted in Osaka had the counterstamp on the left-hand side. An extremely similar 38.6mm .900 Silver One Yen coin weighing 26.9568g with an ASW of .7800 oz., had been minted in 1874 - 1887 and then reduced to 38.1mm between 1886 - 1912, being the same size as the Japanese Trade dollar with only the reverse idenomination nscription differing, it seems obvious that these coins could have created some confusion.
(a) Japanese One Yen - (b) 1877 Japanese Trade Dollar - (c) 1876 Trade Dollar with Osaka counterstamp 'Gin' (silver) mark
Actual sizes - (a) 38.6mm - (b - c) 38.1mm (Not to scale)
A note in the "Standard Catalog of World Coins" published by Krause Publications, gives an interesting aspect of this coinage:
Quote - "In 1897 Japan demonetizes the silver One Yen and the Trade Dollar coins, and many were melted to provide bullion from which to produce subsidiary coins. However, some 20 million Trade Dollars and One Yen coins were countermarked with the character 'Gin' (meaning silver) and shipped to Taiwan, Korea and Southern Manchuria for use in circulation there. The countermark was applied to indicate that the coin was to be treated simply as bullion and to prevent the coins from returning to Japan where they could be sold to the government for gold." - Unquote.
THEMATIC COIN COLLECTING
Part 2 - COLLECTING BIG SILVER COINS
For those hobbiests who cannot afford the time - and considerable money and effort - to be 'broad-based' in their gathering habits it is always advisable to consider a thematic collection. We have discussed this in our previous newsletter but it is always something to keep reminding ourselves - we are the collectors, and, without our interest there is no hobby! This is one other way of maintaining our enthusiasm in our hobby - even if it does mean specializing.
Like the very collectable silver Trade Dollar coins discussed in the previous article, a collector could do worse than make larger sized silver coins the subject of a theme - and many of these coins are surprisingly economical and certainly present well as a display. I will feature a few scans of large world coins that I find attractive enough to have in my own accumulation - but, of course, it's a matter of our member's own taste and wallet capacity whether a theme within a theme is warranted. Obviously, there are many more large coins in other metals and those can also be included if desired.
To qualify as a 'large silver' coin in my collection, the diameter should be larger than 35mm. and it should contain over .500g Actual Silver Weight (ASW).
(Illustrations shown below are not to scale)
Australia One Crown (5 Shillings) 1937 & 1938 - Diameter 38.5mm Weight 28.27g. .925 Silver. ASW .8411 oz.
Equatorial Guinea 100 Pesetas 1970 - Diameter 40mm. Weight 20.000g . .999 Silver. ASW .6430 oz.
Bahamas 5 Dollars 1966 - Diameter 45mm. Weight 42.1200g. .925 Silver. ASW 1.2527 oz.
Egypt 20 Qirsh 1908 - Diameter 41mm. Weight 28.0000g. .833 Silver. ASW .7499 oz.
Mexico 1991 Onza (Ounce) - Diameter 36mm. Weight 31.1000g .999 Silver. ASW 1.0000 oz.
Mexico 25 Pesos 1968 - Diameter 38.1mm. Weight 22.5000g .720 Silver. ASW .5209
Spain 5 Pesetas 1891 & 1892 - Diameter 38.1mm. Weight 25.0000g. .900 Silver. ASW .7234 oz.
United States of America One Dollar
(Top) - 1921 & 1898 (Toned) Morgan - (Lower) - 1922 (Toned) & 1923 Peace
Diameter 38.1mm. Weight 26.73g. .900 Silver ASW .7736 oz.
Space causes me to cease - but I'm sure readers will appreciate the theme I have proposed - and, as I have stated, your collection need not be BIG silver coins, it can be a group of ANYTHING that catches your fancy. Some thematic collectors may chose to accumulate world or local coins of any size, denomination or composition with depictions of flora or fauna; industrial or rural themes; transport - such as ships, planes and trains.; circulation commemoratives etc. - the list goes on and on - and is only stifled by a lack of imagination!
SOME CHEAPER THEMATIC ALTERNATIVES
Australia - Copper-Nickel 20 Cents, 50 Cents and Al.Bronze Dollar coins - a selection of commemoratives issued between 1970 - 2005
Most Australian commemorative coins are still in circulation in relatively large numbers dating back over 30 years - and, whilst many are still in quite collectable condition, it still means that retail prices are low for this pocket change quality. A good catalogue is essential to be able to sort the pieces that do attract a premium due to original low mintings, uncirculateded coins or subsequent popularity by the public as a hoarded coin.
The earliest Australian 20 Cent U.N. 50th Anniversay commemorative, issued in 1995, in uncirculated condition retails at about AUD$6.00; the earliest 50 Cent Captain Cook Bicentenary issued in 1970 retails at about AUD$7.00; the 1986 Year of Peace $1.00 coin retails at about AUD$6.00.(Not shown)
Most other intended for circulation coins, in the same denominations, fall into similar price brackets if their quality is graded as 'uncirculated'..
U.S. Wooden 'Nickels' and Transport tokens - various issuers - very popular and reasonably-cheap collectables.
Tokens courtesy of T.N.S. member #363 Jerry Adams.
As a rule of thumb - according to collectors of round Wooden 'Nickels' - pieces from 1930's - 1940 are marketable between US$2.00 - $5.00; those from 1940 - 1950 are in the US$2.00 - $3.00 range and anything later than 1960 can be picked up for Cents - depending on condition and scarcity.
There are also rectangular wooden Nickels - so there is another possibility for a shape theme as well as the issuer's business type for instance.
Transport tokens used by streetcars, buses, subways, ferries and toll bridges are usually made from a variety of metals - often brass, but Copper-Nickel and celluloid, fibre or plastic are/were used in very substantial numbers.
I also have several plastic tokens issued for - low security U.S. jail prisoners for canteen purchases; milk companies; saloons; subways, and as tax tokens.
Vulcanite tokens from pre-1900 are harder to come by and good quality examples are in the upper price brackets.
For those who are interested, vulcanisation is the process of treating rubber with high heat and adding sulphur. The chemical reaction changes the natural resilient features of the molecules into hard, durable and chemical resistant rubber with smooth surfaces that can take a die strike and retain the impression.
Pricing for these sorts of items is geared to their original usage, availability and, finally, the condition - however, most more modern token collectors are not quite as finicky with their grading practices as their coin collecting counterparts. .
However, with the cheaper prices rising dramatically, with the surge in interest over recent years, this attitude will most probably tighten up and the long-time enthusiasts, who had the choice of better quality pieces in years past, will reap their rewards in due course if they sell.
This area of numismatics is still growing healthily even with the U.S. Mint now jumping onto the new lucrative commemorative issues gravy-train and gaining new markets with decorative coins..
Many hundreds - if not thousands - of different U.S. issuers, over the last century or more, have produced these types of tokens in all shapes and sizes, solids or cut-outs (as shown above). The virtually unlimited supply means that token collectors can draw their own parameters. I have found that cataloguing so big a range of tokens in the normal manner of coins is out of the question, and that a generic method is the way to go for the more common items.
Most transport tokens, for instance, are very cheap to obtain and would make a great thematic accumulation for those of us who like a bit of variety.
Pre-1900 basic pieces range from US$1.00 - $100.00 for horse-drawn transport
1900 -1950 between 25 Cents - $100.00 for motorised transport
1950 - Present. Those made from modern materials. retail between 15 Cents - $5.00 for buses, trains, toll bridges, ferries etc.
1998 Anchorage Coin Club 10th. Year anniversary medallions 2 pc.set
.999 Silver with mini Gold-plated nugget version - plus Polished Bronze version
The scope of numismatics extends out to medals, commemorative medallions, souvenir tokens, gambling tokens or 'chips' - and, don't forget the huge range of paper money - you name it - and there is always a theme lurking out there!
Selection of low value Casino gambling tokens (or 'chips')
So! Why have just one theme - when several can be enjoyed at the same time.
All these items vary in affordability, but all aspects of thematics have their more economical end of the scale and they present we hobbiests with a challenge - and opportunity - to establish a collection that will not necesarily cost a fortune and which will hold our interest as well as others who are given the chance to view it. Any collection - thematic or not - needs to be visually shared for it - and our effort to put it together - to be fully appreciated!
Japanese Invasion Money (J.I.M.) from Burma and Malaya c.1942
"Standard Catalog of World Coins" by Chester L. Krause & Cifford Mishler; edited by Colin R Bruce II; published by Krause Publications.
"The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes" by Greg McDonald
"Tokens and Medals - A Guide to the Identification and Values of U.S. Exonumia" by Stephen P. Alpert & Lawrence E. Elman.
(Illustrations and additional notes compiled by the Editor)
The Franklin Mint is a private corporation based in Exton, Pennsylvania, (U.S.A). which markets collectibles of its own designs. It was founded by Joseph Segel (in 1964) when the company started marketing privately-minted gold and silver commemorative rounds and medallions, but quickly branched out into other collectibles. In the (late) 1960s, the price of silver rose, causing all silver coins to be removed from circulation (in the U.S.)
(During the 1970's, until the collapse of the silver boom in 1980, the prices of the precious metal continued to surge upwards from 85 Cents to about U.S.$20.00 ounce.)
(At that time), the Nevada casinos used silver dollars in their slot machines, which were soon worth more than a dollar. (The relacement of Silver dollars for gaming soon became a neccessity as coins were disappearing from venues. A cheaper alternative with a token value of a Dollar was the way the casinos chose to address the problem)
The Franklin Mint became one of the earliest and largest minters of replacement slot machine tokens. (These tokens, in various denominations, were usually made from base metals such as Copper-nickel or similar alloys. Franklinium II, as used in the Casino Marina sample shown below, contained a high nickel content,.as did most of their other alloy metal tokens, to provide a harder-wearing product.. Ed.)
1969 illustrated (unpriced) catalogue with mintages, metal composition etc. - Franklin Mint Mintmark.
Franklin Mint 37mm $1.00 gaming token dated and produced for Marina Casino, Las Vegas in 1979.
The gaming token is listed as Nickel-silver (Franklinium II - cupro-nickel with higher nickel content) with interrupted milled edge.
FM mintmark near reverse bottom rim centre.
During its numismatic heyday, it minted, in its own production facility, numerous sets of coins-of-the-realm, theme-based medals and ingots, selling them on the subscription plan, with buyers getting a monthly shipment and invoice.
The Franklin Mint struck issues in all the different precious and semi-precious metals.
American history and art masterpiece themes were predominant, with space and important persons and other topics also quite popular. Sets were often limited by the number of subscribers by a cut-off date, or a fixed mintage, resulting in "limited editions". Prices were fairly reasonable, compared to the cost of silver, and often tens of thousands of sets were sold. Custom wood cases, fancy packaging and certificates appealed to collectors, and the market boomed. However, (when) silver prices climbed, making the cost of larger items high, replacement bronze and pewter issues did not appeal to collectors as much.
The Franklin Mint decided to divest itself of minting capacity, and consequently downsized, and was mostly a producer/marketer of diecast models - however, on October 17, 2006 The Franklin Mint announced it was sold by Roll International Corp to a number of private investors including M. Moshe Malamud and Steven Sisskind, chairman and chief executive respectively from The Morgan Mint, and David Salzman, a Hollywood producer.
The new ownership stated that it plans to return The Franklin Mint to its former market-leading status and offer the full lineup of collectibles including coins and medallics.
The Franklin Mint issued annual printed lists of items issued in The Franklin Mint Almanac. (All are out of print.).
Numismatic Issues of the Franklin Mint - a periodical illustrated journal showing specific details of numismatic items issued.(Out of print.)
OMAHA TOKEN SHOW 2007
Friday30th Aug. - Sunday 2nd Sept.
A BRIEF REPORT BY JERRY ADAMS (TNS Member #363)
Jerry Adams has sent me a brief personal, informal report of his attendance at the annual Omaha (Nebraska) Token Show.
As some fellow members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society are aware, Jerry's other interests extend to militaria, firearms and period clothing of the Old West. We have previously featured scans of Jerry, and some of his colleagues, at earlier token shows, wearing contemporary clothing and uniforms from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War between the States and the wild, Wild West.
Omaha Token Show dealers 'fancy dress' parade over the last few years 2003 - 2006
On the public day of the show, the organisers encourage the dealers to add a little zest to the function and to fit in with the theme of their tokens if they wish, and, as Jerry likes to 'specialize' in Old West pieces - what better than to attend as someone from that era.
Jerry's latest acquisition is the garb of a 1840 trapper mountain man in buck-skins with his accoutrements. Read on ..........................
Late Sunday 2nd September - "Hi Graeme, I've just returned home from Omaha Nebraska a few hours ago. Left last Friday morning, got up at 4:15am, etc. will do you a full report, maybe as early as tomorrow - or next weekend - as I am pretty tired/exhausted right now, after the all day three day "marathon" event of the show. Older bones, take longer to warm up to carrying luggage thru the airport, getting up that early and staying up late -- missed my bed and home cooking. Just a brief paragraph or so and a few scans to let you know how things went.. More to follow...........
I always like to look at the "bottom line" statistics first. I sold 24 tokens and I gave away scores of my personal encased coins and personal tokens this year. One of the most appreciative people who recieved my encased coin was a waitress at the hotel restaurant, who evidently was so excited she showed many other people in the club her new "token" that the 'old grey bearded geyser (geezer)' gave her.
Adams & Smith encased Cent Token - Good for 12 1/2 Cents in Trade
Jerry Adams Post Trader Nickel Fantasy Token - Good for 25 Cents in Trade
I acquired (either by direct purchase, gift, or trade) 48 new tokens for my collection. The actual number of tokens may seem small, but the amount of dollars spent on tokens was almost twice the cost of our first brand new automobile in 1971 - as usual, the dollars coming in were about half of those spent.
The highlight token of the show was that I acquired for myself a brass "shellcard" trade token, of 5 cent denomination, of the Post Traders of Moore and Sweet, from Fort Quitman, Texas. It is dated 1871. These shellcards are very rare, when one combines the attributes of being a shellcard, and a post trader, you have reached the level of desirability that is quite high.
1871 Shellcard 5 Cent token Moore & Sweet, Fort Quitman.
I also acquired three red vulcanite (material similar to plastic - see previous article above) plantation trade tokens from the town of Paris, Texas. They are not "self evident", that is they do not say Paris, Texas on the tokens. However, I had done the research for the previous owner some time ago and have been very familar with these tokens since they first appeared on the market ten years ago.
I also acquired tokens from The Elite Saloon in San Antonio, Texas; the Palace Saloon in Schuenburg, Texas; the Lobby Saloon in El Paso, Texas; the Coben Club Saloon from Denton, Texas; the Salina Street Railway; the Hudson Bay Company, 1/8 beaver value; and an Osage Indian trader Dunlop & Florer - some of which I know you are familiar with. I 'll send some more scans of my 'goodies' ASAP.
(Additional scans of Jerry's new tokens will be featured in our next newsletter. - Ed.)
Elite Saloon One Drink Tokens, San Antonio.
Hudson Bay Company 1/8 New Beaver value in trade.
Bob Smith and I went out to eat at the Omaha "Old Market" area, which is an old area of town where they have many nice shops and cafes in old buildings. Brick paved streets and horse drawn carriages, street musicians, enhance the fun there. We ate our Friday evening meal at "Omaha Prime" steakhouse - with a bottle of good Australian red wine I might add - before returning to the hotel to rest for the "open to the public" day on Saturday. Since I had been up since 4:15am, and had nothing to eat all day save the steak dinner, I really enjoyed that steak.
Saturday, after breakfast, I donned the 1840s buckskins, beaded moccasins, powder horn, "possibles bag", buffalo tooth necklace, period glasses etc, and took my station at the table for the public opening at 9am. Business was fairly steady all day, until closing at 5pm.
The floor auction by Duane Feisel started at 5:30pm. - and I had my numbered paddle, and my printed auction sheet ready for the bidding, having inspected the tokens earlier during the day, as most bidders had. We were all ready for the excitement but, even though I bid actively, I lost out on many of the tokens I bid on due to the high prices and a huge demand for good items - I think I ended up with only five lots, of fairly low cost tokens.
The end of the auction consisted of "good for" trade mirrors with celluloid covers - similar to those modern fantasy items Bob and I had made up last year.
"Grizzly" Jerry Adams - Mountain man (and token-trapper extraordinaire). Omaha Token Show 2007
Modern fantasy encased Cent Mirror tokens (Circular mirror reverse) commissioned by Jerry Adams & Bob Smith 2006
The opening bid on each of the genuinely old scarce mirrors was US$2,800 each. There were 9 of the mirrors, and they quickly sold for bids up to near US$5,000 per item. By anyone's terms - that's good money!
Cartoon courtesy T.N.S. member #363 Jerry Adams ©
Elections of the new incoming NTCA (National Token Collectors Association) officers were held this year, and the ballots were counted Friday night (while Bob and I were out eating our steaks). The winners were announced Sunday morning in the open membership meeting, although most members knew the results before Saturday morning due to the open attendance at the ballot count event.
Ron Mui retained his office as president and Duane Feisel will be vice president for the next couple of years.
It was nice to see so many old friends in attendance again this year and it was decided, by the board of directors, to hold the event at Omaha again in 2008. The flights to Omaha from Dallas-Fort Worth and back again were tiring. but fairly uneventful.
NEXT NEWSLETTER - SOME OF JERRY ADAMS" NEW TOKEN ACQUISITIONS - and their stories.
'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST' 1996 - 2007 GENERAL INDEX UPDATE.
The updated and illustrated general Index of the former 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet Edition) newsletter has now been completed.
We serialized the Internet version update, as we did with the original Index in 2003, and the first instalment was included in the January 2007 issue and it was located at the conclusion of each 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter.
Individual articles are not directly linked to the early version of the Index nor have they been cross-referenced, at this time, but they can be located by checking the Links listed below and then checking against the newsletter Archives: http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aprilnews.html
Articles or information prior to the Year 2000 can be requested by contacting the Editor.
The original Index covered the period from 1995 - 2003 (Volumes 1 - 8). Details can be found in the issues listed below.
The complete addendum includes the content details of both versions of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter from Volumes 9 (Issue 1 - January, 2004) up to Volume 12 - Issue 6, 2007 but, from this Issue onwards, the Internet Edition details and link only will be published herein .
'Tasmanian Numismatist' (Internet Edition) .
Volume 12 – Issues 1 - 6, 2007
Issue 1. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jan07.htm
See What I Mean! - a practical explanation about unusual coins found in pocket change.
Counterfeits & Forgeries - a closer look at some Oz duds - compiled by Ian Hartshorn
Canadian Blacksmith Tokens - an article by Dominic Labbe (updated and re-illustrated) showing forgeries come from everywhere.
Encased Cent Mirror Tokens - a look at something different and a bit of trivia to go with an interesting token concept from 1900
From Inside the Magpie's Nest - The Bass & Flinders Circumnavigation of Tasmania Medallion from Tasmedals.
Messages from Mick & Mike - a couple of long-time colleagues and mates have put 'pen to paper' once more.
Index Update - Vol. 9 (2004).
Issue 2. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/feb07.htm
Society Snippets - featuring the history of Old West characters named on some fantasy encased cents from T.N.S. member Jerry Adams
Hanrahan's Saloon at Adobe Walls 1874 - the story of a battle with Comanches and the incredible rifle shot. by Billy Dixon, that virtually saved the day.
Sharps Rifle Trivia
'Viva Mexico' - the volatile country to the south of the U.S. has had many exploiters. The story of its coinage, from Spanish occupation until pre-Millennium, is as fascinating as the personages who trod the Mexican political stage during this period.
Index Update - Vol.10 ( 2005).
Issue 3. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/mar07.html
Society Snippets - Jerry Adams' newest encased coin - the Jefferson Buffalo Nickel within a 'Good Luck' token.
Post Traders of the Old West - a brief look at what the local 'supermarket' was like during the early 1800's in the days of the buffalo, cowboys and Indians.
Do Not Disturb! - Sleepers .... - there are many newer coins in Australia that have the potential of appreciating in value at a far more rapid pace than usual - these are the decimal 'sleepers' - watch for them!
Index Update - Vol. 11 (2006) and Vol. 12 (2007 to date.
Issue 4. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/april07.html
Society Snippets - ANZAC DAY 2007
Adams & Smith's Fantasy Enclosed Coin Token - the newest release of their modern Fantasy Post Trader's token
Fantasy Post Traders Tokens ( Part 2) - Why Fort Chadbourne? - the choice of location, for these modern tokens, is always a story in itself..
The Butterfield Stage Coach Connection - John Butterfield's partners Henry Wells and William Fargo founded an empire - from the back of a stage-coach.
Jamestown Commemorative Coins. - U.S. Mint unveils the 400th Anniversary Commemorative designs to celebrate the first English settlement in the U.S.
Percentage Points! - a comparison of percentage differences in the price structure of recent U.S. and Australian Uncirculated silver and gold coinage.
Who was 'Saharet'? - the brief story of an Australian Can-Can Dancer who was once called 'The most beautiful woman in the world.'
NZBANKNOTES.COM - http://www.nzbanknotes.com/first.asp Was established in July 2004, and this is hugely popular international site is growing 'faster than inflation' Recommended site.
Index Update - Vol. 12 (2007 to date).
Issue 5. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/may07.htm
Slipping through the Cracks? - older listed items are disappearing from the catalogues. Remember how 'Varieties and Mint errors' fell through the cracks?
Australia's decimal coins - What ARE those Animals? - just a reminder of the unique Australian wild-life that graced our own first decimal coins in 1966.
Trivia - The American Prairies - and the Bison - the newest state Quarter from North Dakota reminds us of what nearly was lost in North America.
U.S. Quarters program - Check list update of mintages (where available) and release dates of coins now in circulation
Index Update - Vol. 12 (2007 to date
Issue 6. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june07.htm
From Drachma .... - a brief history of early Greek coinage.
... to the Unica. - a brief history of early Roman coinage.
Item of Interest - Military Payment Certificate
Notification of Name Change - the renamed newsletter is just that! The 'Numisnet World - Internet Edition' is now geared to our international audience.
'NUMISNET WORLD' - Internet Edition.
Volume 12 – Issues 7 - to date, 2007
Issue 7. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july07.htm
Name Change - We have decided to make a small name change due to the international aspect of this Internet newsletter.
Principality of Hutt River - A brief look at the history and new coinage release of a 'close-to-home' micro-nation and its Sovereign and his sons.
Private Currency issues - Another private local currency issue is available in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
A Nation Always - Nearly - in the News. - A history of the coinage and paper Money of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).
Issue 8. - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Aug07.htm
How Much Can a Collector Collect? - an observation on the number of 2007 commemorative issues being issued from the R.A.M.
Thematic Collecting! - another brief reminder of one of the alternative in collecting - Varieties & Mint Errors. More suggestions in our next issue.
The End of an Era. - It is now just over 89 years since Czar Nicholas II of Russia and his entire family were murdered by the Bolsheviks.
Wanted Known - A segment for passing on readers' requests or information of a reasonable nature. (Caveat Emptor - and our disclaimers apply.)
Issue 9. -
In Memorium - we are still remembering the loss of life and innocence that happened in New York and Washington on September 11th. 2001.
To Be or Not to Be - Where do 'Trade Dollars' fit into the scheme of things?
Thematic Collecting - Part 2 - Collecting BIG silver coins.
Some Cheaper Thematic Alternatives - interesting aspects of numismatics at realistic prices.
The Franklin Mint - Numismatic Rebirth? - it was lost, but now, is it to be reborn? An encouraging extract from 'Wikipedia' about a famous private mint..
'Late News' Omaha Token Show 2007 - a brief informal report by T.N.S. member Jerry Adams of this years token show in Nebraska.
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