“The Pittman Silver Purchase Act of 1918” | 11:15am
to World War I the United States had a huge surplus of silver dollars
created by the Bland-Allison Act of 1878 and the Sherman Silver Purchase
Act of 1890. With the end of government subsidies supporting an
artificially high price for silver, silver production lapsed in the U.S.
until the economic crisis of WWI. The need to support Great Britain’s
war effort resulted in the Pittman Silver Purchase Act of 1918 – which
gave our Allies access to the 490 million silver dollars stored in
United States Mint Vaults over the previous 50 years. Discover the
story of American silver and how it helped to win World War I.
W. Burdette is a historian, numismatist and noted author with many
numismatic publications to his credit, including the landmark
Renaissance of American Coinage series of books.
Luncheon | 12:15pm (Room 504/registration is closed)
“Numismatic Trench Art of WorldWar I” | 2:00pm
Art is an art form created by and for military personnel that has
existed for many centuries. Most takes the form of souvenirs from the
battlefronts made from the materials readily available in wartime
settings such as shells, bullets or coins. This talk focuses on the
numismatic objects that were used to create trench art during WWI – the
war that gave the art form its’ name – by discussing the history and
traditions of trench art generally and WWI numismatic trench art in
Fred Schwan is an enthusiastic collector and
military numismatic expert with over 40 years of experience. He is best
known for his articles and presentations on trench art and his
involvement with the collecting and promotion of Military Payment
“War to End all Wars: America’s Participation in the Great War through Its Medals | 3:15pm
discussion will talk about American medals produced with World War I
themes in three stages; 1. those produced before America’s entry, most
often to support fund raising efforts of charities working with war
victims, 2. Those produced after America’s entry, often focused on the
brutality of the war and 3. Medals produced after the war, celebrating
the victories and accomplishments of the troops and supporting
charitable efforts to rebuild the devastation caused by the war. The
work of famous sculptors will be covered along with that of less well-known artists.
David Goya is a pulmonologist and a serious collector of art medals.Registration for this event is now closed.