Members of the International Primitive Money Society will be talking
tooth money when it meets April 16 in conjunction with the Chicago
International Coin Fair.
The 4 p.m. Central Time program will be held at the Donald E.
Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.
"Tooth Money from the Radford Stearns Collection" will be
presented by primitive money specialists and collectors Robert Leonard
Jr. and William Burd.
The late Stearns was an Atlanta dentist who, appropriately,
specialized in collecting tooth money. Stearns' collection of
primitive money of all types has been sold. His entire assemblage of
tooth money, however, will be on display during the presentation, and
this may be the last chance for those interested to see it.
At 4 p.m. April 30, at another IPMS meeting, held in conjunction
with the Central States Numismatic Society Convention at the
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Illinois, James Zylstra
will present "A Missionary Who Served in Nigeria (1974-78)
Relates Primitive Money Stories."
From 1974 to 1978, Zylstra served as a missionary in a remote region
of Nigeria. The government had declared primitive money illegal in
1948 and nearly all had disappeared. However, vestiges of primitive
money were available during his stay. He was also able to visit
artisans creating brass objects through the lost wax method.
For more information on IPMS, contact the society's president, Carl
Wolf, by mail at International Primitive Money Society, 1055 W. Bryn
Mawr Ave., #F-335 Chicago, IL 60660; by telephone at work at
773-878-8979 or at his cell phone number, 773-771-1311; or email Wolf