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A few more allegorical figures on notes
Wendell Wolka concludes his series of columns on allegorical figures
depicted on obsolete notes with a quick look at a host of figures and
themes. In the “Collecting Paper” column found exclusively in the
digital and print editions of the March 26 issue of Coin World,
he looks at several different figures.
For example, “Justice is virtually always represented by a female
figure holding the ‘scales of justice.’ Justice is often blindfolded
and frequently also holds a sword,” and, “Fidelity, a very popular
concept, is almost universally portrayed by a dog lying by a safe or
strong box, often with its paw on the key to the padlock.” But what
about Hope and Fame?
Dropped dies responsible for VAM marriage
The “VAM-45 1901-O Morgan dollar is eagerly sought by specialists
who recognize it,” writes John Roberts in his “About VAMs” column in
the March 26 issue. The die marriage is distinguished by “a pair of
bold lumps above the eagle’s shoulder: dentil impressions from the
border of the opposing die,” he writes.
Researchers believe that as the obverse die was being installed in
the press, it was dropped onto the reverse die, which was already in
place in the press. The obverse die left a couple of distinctive dings
in the surface of the reverse die, creating the raised lumps on the
coin. Learn how to identify the variety in Roberts’s column.
USS Constitution plaque related to medal
The USS Constitution, a heavy frigate launched in 1797,
earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” for its resiliency — cannon balls
fired by ships it fought in combat would often bounce from the
vessel’s thick oak sides. The ship still exists today, and a reader
found a 1920s holed plaque made of copper from the ship.
As Jeff Starck writes in “Readers Ask,” the plaque, bearing the same
design as a medal and other souvenirs issued for sale about the same
time, was probably issued mounted to a piece of wood recovered from
the vessel during a 1927 refit. The reader’s find, however, lacks that
original plank of wood from the ship.
What do all these abbreviations mean?
The Colonial coin community uses a lot of abbreviations, writes John
Kraljevich Jr. in his “Colonial America” column in the March 26 issue,
and that can be confusing to new collectors unfamiliar with the
alphabet soup. He writes, “Enthusiasts of early American coins and
currency have their own sorts of alphabet soup, of course. Most of us
are members of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, abbreviated as CCCC
on occasion but most often referred to as C4.”
So what clubs are represented by the abbreviations EAC and MCA, and
what exactly are MBRs, DBLs, and MBLs? Read his column in Coin
World to find out.