Money Talks Webinar Archive

Money Talks provide members a forum in which to share their views and research with fellow hobbyists. The numismatic lectures are presented each year at the World’s Fair of Money® and the National Money Show®.

2020 Presentations

The Ultimate Large Cent Date & Type Set

This presentation will offer the ultimate eye-candy journey through the large cent series, with surprise tidbits and related revelations that will entertain you and leave you wanting more.
Instructor: John Wright




Pay Warrants of the Texian Navy

We all remember the Alamo, but the navy was the savior of the Republic of Texas. Printed on orders from Commodore Edwin Moore, the pay warrants of the Texian Navy were repudiated by President Sam Houston. They may hold a clue to the mutiny aboard the San Antonio.
Instructor: Michael E. Marotta




Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection

Many collectors do not know what to do with their collection before they cross the “Great Misty Veil of Life.” Often, their spouse and/or children are not familiar with numismatics nor the least bit interested in the hobby. Should a collector die without a specific strategy in place, the family is left with a big mess. Should you sell your collection before passing, or how can you help your relatives liquidate your collection upon your demise?
Instructor: Rod Gillis



An Introduction to Collecting Colonial Paper Money—“Tis Death to Counterfeit”

The presentation will discuss the need for paper money in colonial America, their issue by the colonies and the Continental Congress and contemporary counterfeiting. Reference books and methods of collecting will be presented. Examples from several colonies and the Continental Congress will be shown and discussed.
Instructor: Raymond Williams



Siege Stories: Tales of Courage & Defiance

Siege warfare has generated a fascinati
ng area of numismatics. With it comes its share of heroes, heroines and villains. Dr. Korchnak will use coins, medals and tokens to bring these characters to life with excerpts from his soon-to-be-published work on siege coins, OBSIDIONAL COINS OF THE WORLD, 1453-1902.
Instructor: Lawrence C. Korchnak, Ph.D.



Origins of Money

It may be hard to imagine a world without coinage, but for most of human existence, trade within communities and regions was handled without coins or paper money. Many types of objects have been used as money, from carved stones to the feathers of rare birds. The only requirements were that the objects be reasonably available and durable. Learn about early forms of money and how it changed and eventually led to the development of coinage during the 1st millennium B.C.
Instructor: Doug Mudd



Rushing Through Panama: A Story of Numismatics on the Journey to the American Gold Rush

Using primary sources and other relevant information, this presentation focuses on the intricate nature of numismatics during the American Gold Rush—a watershed moment in U.S. history, often overlooked by what came after miners arrived in 1850s California. The coins and currencies used during this westward journey will be discussed.
Instructor: Jack E. Topping



Before the Coinage Act of 1857: How Americans Spent their Foreign Money

This talk focuses on the way foreign money circulated on a day-to-day basis. Whether converting money from one currency to another, pricing goods in “shillings/pence” into the 19th century, or constantly worrying about counterfeits, Americans depended on a common “toolbox” of methods to navigate this complex system.
Instructor: Jesse Kraft



Artistry and Technology—How the Large Cent Dies Were Made

This talk uses image analysis of early U.S. copper coins to show how the engravers produced the large-cent dies. The U.S. Mint was an entirely new undertaking in 1792. Nobody who worked there during that time had any meaningful experience with coinage, and the technology they had was at least a century out of date in Europe. Nevertheless, by the spring of 1793, Chief Coiner Henry Voigt was creating hubs to produce the dies for circulating coinage. Robert Scot, first chief engraver, used hubs by Voigt and himself to produce new designs in the late 1700s. Scot’s techniques persisted through the second chief engravership of William Kneass. Both Voigt and Scot produced highly artistic designs, despite the fact that neither had any die-sinking experience prior to working at the Mint. In the early 1830s, Franklin Peale spent two years in Europe learning about the technologies in use there. The coins that Christian Gobrecht, third chief engraver, produced show how he applied several of these new methods to the creation of his dies. The coins tell us a great deal about how they were made; all we must do is listen to them.
Instructor: Bill Eckberg



30 Minutes at the First Philadelphia Mint

The Coinage Act of 1792 established the Mint at Philadelphia. The facility remained in operation through 1832, and a new, second mint building was occupied in 1833. The 40-year history of the first mint will be explored in a 30-minute presentation, discussing important people, coinage issues, and related topics.
Instructors: Mark Borckardt



George Clapp, Charles Clapp & Robert Book—Pittsburgh’s Numismatic Copper Trio

The personal and numismatic lives of these three men are one of the most interesting stories that can be told. Unfortunately, much incorrect information has been published. This PowerPoint presentation will set the record straight by providing evidence from the archives of the ANS, the Carnegie Museum and the Archives of the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society.
Instructors: Charles F. Heck & Wayne Homren



Symbols of the Sun God on Coins of the Eccentric Emperor Elagabalus

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, known to history as Elagabalus, served as chief priest of the Syrian sun god El-Gabal. This talk explores the significant proportion of Elagabalus’ coins that reference the sun god through symbols such as stars, stones, and the emperor’s priestly accouterments.
Instructors: Michael A. Kodysz



2021 Presentations

Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Many numismatists do not know what to do with their collections before they enter the “Great Misty Veil of Life.” Often, a hobbyist’s spouse and/or children are not familiar, nor the least bit interested in, numismatics. If a collector dies without a specific strategy, then his family is left with a big mess. Should you sell your collection before passing? If not, how can you help your relatives liquidate your collection upon your demise?
Presenter: Rod Gillis

Originally presented May 24, 2021.



Is Anything Ever Really New? Coin & Currency Déjà Vu over Two Millennia 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: History tends to repeat itself. In cultures separated by years to millennia, intriguing situations involving coins and paper currency have recurred. These include fraudulent gold-plating of minor coinage, using imagery to bolster fiat currency, and recycling cannons and shells to make spending money. Coincidence or circumstance? Tune into this talk to decide for yourself.
Presenter: Hans H. Liu, M.D.

Originally presented May 25, 2021.




Proof Walking Liberty Half Dollars: One of the Most Underappreciated & Undervalued Series in Numismatics 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Adolph A. Weinman’s half-dollar design is a collector favorite. Proof versions of these pieces aren’t often discussed, as major varieties are not widely recognized by the numismatic community. Their entire run was low, yet high-grade proofs are relatively affordable. This discussion will include specific die varieties, along with some toning issues evident on many specimens.
Presenter: Ralph F. Wetterhahn

Originally presented May 26, 2021.




Overstrikes: Politics, Economics & Damnatio Memoriae on Byzantine Coins 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Byzantine emperors frequently overstruck the coins of their predecessors. In some instances, this was due to economic necessity, but in others, the move shows clear ideological implications— the destruction of the memory and image of previous rulers. This presentation will explore this fascinating and under studied medieval phenomenon.
Presenter: Alex Magnolia

Originally presented May 27, 2021.




Coins Melted to Manufacture War Material 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Many collectors know that coinage metals have been used to manufacture war materials, but few are aware that such items also have been melted to make coins. Coins from five countries were melted to support the United States’ effort during World War II. This presentation will explore this wartime-era coinage.
Presenter: William Myers

Originally presented May 28, 2021




Colonial Currency: German East Africa 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: After the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, Germany established four colonies across Africa. The largest was German East Africa, founded by the German East Africa Company in 1885. This presentation discusses the money created for and used in the colony until the end of the German Empire in 1918.
Presenter: Doug Mudd

Originally presented June 1, 2021.




Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger and the Numismatic Legacy of His Tokens 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: In 1837 Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger petitioned Congress to use his “German Silver” alloy for coinage. He struck and circulated 1- and 3-cent pieces dated 1837 to bolster his case, but Congress declined. However, 20 years later, legislators “borrowed” his ideas when the Flying Eagle cent was introduced. Feuchtwanger can be considered the father of the small cent and pioneered the use of nickel in coinage.
Presenter: Brad Seidel

Originally presented June 2, 2021.




Oh, No It Ain’t! 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Many people who aren’t coin collectors tend to think they’ve hit the jackpot when they find anything that looks out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, and most of these purported “rare errors” turn out to be post-mint damaged coins. This presentation offers a fun and informative look at what constitutes a genuine U.S. Mint error and teaches how to distinguish these exceptional coins from near-worthless junk. Knowing the differences may potentially bring riches, but the main goal is to help attendees become better numismatists than they were before the presentation!
Presenter: Sam Gelberd

Originally presented June 3, 2021.





Virtus and Victoria: Coins Relating to the Severan War Against the Tribes of Caledonia

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: This talk discusses coins relating to the war conducted from A.D. 208–11 by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus against the tribal inhabitants of Caledonia. We will examine coins which illustrate the concepts of Virtus and Victoria within the context of this war, and which were issued contemporaneously with it.
Presenter: Michael A. Kodysz

Originally presented August 12, 2021.





Solving the Mysteries of the Gaku Ichibu 

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: The Gaku Ichibu is a rectangular coin from Japan minted in 1599. The first of a 250-year series of rectangular gold ichibu, this presentation will chronicle Spurrier’s research into the piece with many new insights. Plenty of background information will be provided and prior knowledge of the series is needed.
Presenter: Lianna Spurrier

Originally presented August 12, 2021.





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