It’s a wrap!
The latest Coin World weekly issue, dated June 19, 2017, has
been sent to the presses, and we have a quick preview of some of
the Coin World exclusives found in our latest digital edition.
New finds from the SS Central America
The treasure recovered from the wreckage of the SS Central
America from 1988 to 1991 has been widely studied and dispersed in
the marketplace. However, little has been revealed about what was
recovered by a second salvor in 2014. California Gold Rush expert Dan
Owens shares in a feature what he knows about these latest finds,
including coins that were largely absent from the earlier recoveries.
He writes, “A second chapter was added to the numismatic history of
the SS Central America when Odyssey Marine Exploration, using
advanced scientific salvage methods, recovered an additional 45
California gold assay bars, 1,956 San Francisco Branch Mint gold
coins, hundreds of other U.S. gold coins and thousands of U.S. silver
coins from the wreck.”
Some surprising half dollar varieties
John Wexler writes in his “Varieties Notebook” column, “I can’t
remember the last time that I illustrated a Kennedy half dollar in
this column and just like that two of them show up in my inbox. Throw
in a Proof Franklin half dollar and it looks like we have the month of
the 50-cent piece.”
Among the finds reported by readers were 1964-D and 1971 Kennedy
half dollars with doubled die obverses, and a Proof 1961 Franklin half
dollar with a doubled die obverse. Wexler shares diagnostics and
photos for each variety.
Celebrating a long-running ‘house organ’
Joel Orosz celebrates numismatic “house organs” — not a musical
instrument but “a coin dealer’s in-house periodical, offering
inventory at fixed prices,” he writes in his “Numismatic Bookie”
column. Specifically, he examines Rare Coin Review, published
from 1969 to 2003 by firms associated with Q. David Bowers and his
business partners. A typical issue would feature in-depth articles
written by various numismatists, a question-and-answer column,
quizzes, and coins and related items offered at fixed prices.
“Here’s to the memory of 151 Rare Coin Reviews, the
sweetest-sounding house organ of them all!” Joel writes.
Jeton’s alphabet is missing a few letters
Gerald Tebben recently added an inexpensive item to his collection.
He writes, “The bronze piece didn’t look like much. It was holed and
gouged.” And the alphabet on one side totaled just 24 letters, not 26.
But it has an interesting story to tell.
The piece is a “jeton,” which “started out as an accounting aid in
the 1100s and evolved over time into game pieces.” His new find dates
to about 1553, when the letters J and U had not yet been added to the alphabet.
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