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Lives Joined in Genius—Laura Gardin Fraser and James Earle Fraser

James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin Fraser were not just incredibly talented sculptor/artists, truly amazing people, and the separate artistic forces behind the iconic “Buffalo” Nickel, and the Alabama, Grant, and Ft. Vancouver Commemorative Coins (sharing the design of the Oregon Trail Commemorative), but they each created a broad and lasting artistic posterity.
Presenter: Bob Bair

Originally presented December 9, 2021.

Roane Iron Company of Tennessee: Paper Scrip, Political Scrip and Tokens

Union General John Wilder prospected East Tennessee for iron while fighting the Civil War. After the war, he purchased iron and coal bearing deposits near Rockwood. Paper scrip was issued in Rockwood and Chattanooga from 1868 until 1884. The scrip became hated by the miners and facsimiles of the Scrip with Political Text on the back were used against the Political Career of H. Clay Evans, Corporate Treasurer. Tokens were used by the company at the Furnace at Rockwood, Iron Mines at Chamberlain and Coal Mines at Wilder.

This presentation will intertwine the history and “money” of Roane Iron.
Presenter: Tom Carson

Originally presented December 14, 2021.

Loose Ends – More on Fakes Targeting Collectors, More on Official Counterfeiting

This two-hour program completes two previous programs that ran overtime. We will start by finishing October’s discussion of counterfeits made to deceive collectors, not to circulate while the notes were current. That will be followed with more information about official counterfeiting – government-against-government operations.
Presenter: Joseph Boling

Originally presented December 15, 2021.

Siege Notes: The Currency of War

Siege Currency is rare and historic. This talk will trace the history of siege currency and address the unique circumstances surrounding its issue. The collector will discover how circumstances resulted in coins being struck from planchets made by pasting prayer book pages together. We will also examine notes meticulously written by hand, notes printed on discarded pieces of clothing, and notes printed using a carved croquet mallet as an engraving plate.

Presenter: Lawrence Korchnak
Originally presented December 16, 2021.


Numismatic notes on selected coins, currency, and exonumia from Benvenuto Cellini’s Renaissance to Chinese strike breakers in mid 19th century US.
Presenter: Lawrence Korchnak

Originally presented January 12, 2022.

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Royal Arch Masonic Pennies of Canada

The idea of a Chapter having a Chapter Specific Die was an American idea. Dr. B. P. Wright 5th President of the American Numismatic Association, worked with some Canadian ANA members and started them off creating Big, Bold and Beautiful Pennies. This seminar will highlight many of the more interesting pennies. The reason a Canadian Chapter can have up to three different charter numbers will be explained. Canadian R.A.M. pennies are beautiful, and the attendee will be amazed by the beauty.
Presenter: Tom Carson

Originally presented January 19, 2022.

Nixon’s Numismatic Hobby Legacy

The presentation takes a look at the various numismatic hobby items/collectibles which came about during and through Mr. Nixon’s Presidency including legislation for the right for private citizens to once again own gold. This legislation is something he pushed for and was on his desk for signature when he resigned the office of President. Gerald Ford signed it into law a few days after Richard Nixon’s departure. The program will also cover the various official coins, medals and other collectible memorabilia issued during his presidency including the idea of a new $2 bill for the bicentennial.
Presenter: Walt Ostromecki

Originally presented January 20, 2022.

Half Dimes Revisited

This presentation provides the participant with a comprehensive overview of the Half Dime, everyman’s coin, from the collector’s perspective. We trace the history of the coin and the challenges involved in collecting them. The design types produced and the production details are discussed and there is a brief discussion of varieties.
Presenter: Phil Vitale

Originally presented January 25, 2022.

 Standardization and Quality Control of Ancient Athenian Coinage

A study on the coinage standardization, quality control and identification of fakes in ancient Athens.
The presentation is exploring the Athenian Law on Silver Coinage and the material testing methodologies used that time. Ancient inscriptions are presented supported by photographic evidence.
Presenter: George Anastasopoulos

Originally presented January 26, 2022.

Their Last Hurrah

The Post Civil War Gatherings of the Blue and the Gray Who Fought at Gettysburg and the Coins, Exonumia and Memorabilia Which Both Celebrated Their Reunions and Marked Their Final Passages.

America held its breath, as the Civil War’s final outcome was shaped from July 1-3, 1863, in the environs of the tiny Pennsylvania farm town of Gettysburg. A large legacy of coins, medals, and exonumic memorabilia followed through the years, in memory and honor of that event and all those who shaped it.

Presenter: Bob Bair

Originally presented February 2, 2022.

The Controversial Topics of Toning and Cleaning

Some collectors love toning while others not so much. Is there really such a thing as artificial toning? What is the official ANA stance on cleaning coins? Are you afraid of submitting a coin to a third-party grading company because it may come back “details?” Rod Gillis, ANA education director will discuss toning and cleaned coins in an informative and fun presentation
Presenter: Rod Gillis

Originally presented February 14, 2022.

Building a Roman / Byzantine Scale & Weight Collection

A study on the coinage standardization, quality control and identification of fakes in ancient Athens.
Scales and scale weights were used by Romans before they started producing coins and continued until the end of the Byzantine Empire. This talk will discuss building a Roman scale weight collection. The relationship between Roman and Byzantine coin denominations and scale weights will be shown.
Presenter: Gene McPherson

Originally presented February 16, 2022.

Lecturing About Coins and Currency on Cruise Ships: Experiences and Suggestions

This presentation will focus on three presentations given in recent years on cruise ships sailing the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and the Danube River. Using examples of coins and currency discussed in the lectures, it will show how numismatics can be interwoven with history, art, culture, and geography for an entertaining and educational experience. Creative as well as logistical and technical issues will be covered. This approach would also be applicable to lectures to coin clubs, schools, organizations, etc.
Presenter: Hans Liu

Originally presented February 24, 2022.

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