Press release from the Central States Numismatic Society:
More than 175 years after Ohio and Michigan went to war over a strip
of land on the western shore of Lake Erie, the Central States
Numismatic Society will hold its 20th semi-annual seminar in the
The seminar, co-hosted by the Glass Center Coin Club, will be held
May 14 at the Holiday Inn — Toledo South in Perrysburg, Ohio.
While hundreds of militiamen from both sides massed on the Toledo
Strip in 1835, the war was largely bloodless. (The sole casualty was a
Michigan deputy sheriff who suffered a penknife wound.)
Four leading researchers will give presentations during the daylong
seminar, on a wide variety of subjects including Ohio notes, love
tokens, coin designer John Reich, and Toledo, Michigan, notes.
9 a.m. — Brad Karoleff: Connections — Black Pepper, The
Mountain That Eats Men & John Reich
10:30 a.m. — Carol Bastable: Love Tokens, Beyond the Ordinary
1:00 p.m. — Larry Falater: Toledo, Michigan, in Notes and Lore
2:30 p.m. — Peter Huntoon: Spotlight on Ohio Nationals &
Karoleff said his talk is based on an old TV show,
Connections by James Burke, a British science historian. “The
original series explored an alternative view on how technological
change happened and the social effects of the changes on Western
society,” Karoleff said.
He said, his presentation will connect black pepper, the mountain
that eats men and John Reich “through historical contexts using
numismatic illustrations. Hopefully I will open the eyes of the
attendees to the economic, political, as well as the social reasons
behind the coins we love to collect.
“Come prepared for a lively hour of the stories behind some of the
most popular coins ever issued in the world!”
Bastable said her presentation on love tokens will push the
boundaries of what constitutes a love token. “Traditionally love
tokens are considered to be engraved coins that were often smoothed
down on one or two sides prior to engraving,” she said. “But rarity
can also go beyond the engraved picture as one also can find scarcer
type coins made into love tokens. Even initialed love tokens can be
rare depending on the methods used to make them and what rare date or
rare type host coins were used in the process.”
Falater, who deals in paper money and stock certificates, will
discuss Toledo, Michigan, in Notes and Lore. He began collecting
Indian Head cents in 1941 and continued to expand his interest and
collections of all U.S. coins. In his teens he became attracted to the
beauty and diversification of paper money. He now specializes in
Michigan paper money, including national bank notes, state bank notes,
scrip, mining money, depression scrip and advertising notes.
He is a retired Chrysler financial executive and author of the
standard reference on automotive stock certificates, American
Automotive Stock Certificates.
An active dealer in paper money and stock certificates, he has
written many articles on the subjects.
Noted researcher Huntoon will turn his spotlight on Ohio national
bank notes in the seminar’s last presentation. He said, “Ohio holds
two paramount distinctions in national bank note lore that date all
the way back to the Civil War. The language in and successful passage
of the National Bank Act rested squarely on the shoulders of Ohio men,
not big political or banking names from the Eastern establishment. The
most important note-issuing banking center in all of Ohio was
Cincinnati. Why? Because Cincinnati — situated on the Ohio River — was
the gateway to the Confederacy. Notes from several Cincinnati banks
never have been discovered, but proofs exist of them so you can see
what they looked like.
“All sorts of Ohio national bank note tales will be profiled, not
the least that the very last shipment of national bank notes went to
Chillicothe thanks to a mistake.”
The seminar is $20 for Central States members and $30 for
non-members. A continental breakfast and light lunch will be served.
Registration deadline is May 7. For information, contact Education
Director Ray Lockwood at Sunrayofmarion@aol.com.
The Society’s fall seminar will be held in Sioux City, Iowa.
Speakers have not been determined.