Author and researcher in the field of American colonial numismatics. Currently (2019) editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, published by the American Numismatic Society.
Author of "Condition Census of all Known Pitt Farthings," (2019) under sponsorship of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
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A census of the 25 known examples of the Pitt farthing. The Pitt tokens were likely struck as commemorative medalets related to William Pitt's involvement in the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. Prepared by Christopher McDowell under sponsorship of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (2019 Newman Grant program).
McDowell argues that "Mrs. C. Wyllys Betts," previously thought to be the wife of Charles Wyllys Betts, was in fact his sister-in-law, Louise Betts. This work was sponsored in part by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, via a Newman Grant awarded in 2020.