David Lisot Video Library
David Lisot has been active in numismatic video since the 1980s and has created nearly 2,000 videos.
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How are coins bought and sold? What kind of negotiations take place? Former ANA President Bob Campbell, a major dealer form Salt Lake City, tells how it is done in this informative presentation. Learn tips on how a collector can get the best deal when buying and selling.
* value of knowing sales techniques
* the power of suggestion to help make a good situation
* posturing that takes place at a coin show
* how to buy a coin, what questions to ask, and how to tell if the answers you receive are truthful
* the difference between sight-seen and unseen
* how to use the different price guides and what "bid" and "ask" mean
* advantages of being perceived as a dealer
* techniques for buying including the "flinch, nibble, and squeeze"
* terms used by coin trading insiders
* how to sell your coins
Speaker(s): H. Robert Campbell.
Most of us take our current clad metal coinage for granted. Bob Hawes, prominent Florida numismatists, tells the tale of the many problems to be overcome when the coinage was first created. You will also see spectacular errors that can result.
* why the need to change the metal in U.S. coinage
* where the copper-nickel sheeting used for the new coinage was produced
* the inhospitable workplace
* the challenge of manufacture
* pictures of the entire process
* how defects in the process occurred
* examples of errors and why they have become so hard to find
Speaker(s): Robert Hawes.
Counterfeit and altered coins continue to plague the numismatic hobby. What are some of the keys to detecting these bogus items? ANACS authenticator and grader Mike Faraone gives valuable tips on how to tell the genuine from the fakes. His presentations covers most of the keys dates of the most popular series of coins.
* definition of a counterfeit
* different types and which coins are usually chosen
* why it is easier to learn what a genuine looks like
* examples of the most commonly counterfeited dimes including 1916-D, 1921, & 1942/1
* how to tell a genuine "S" mintmark on Barber quarters especially the 1901-S
* 1916, 1918/7-S Standing quarters
* other coins like 1932-D quarter, 1921 Walking Liberty, 1893-S Morgan, 1928 Peace dollar, Flying Eagle cents, key date Lincolns, and various gold coins
Some photos shown are courtesy of the American Numismatic Association.
Speaker(s): Mike Faraone.
Mr. Kochel addresses the engravings on some of the early paper money issued in the thirteen Colonies. Printing was done by two different methods; hand engraving on copper plates and type set printing where cast lead type could be hand set into a printer's frame. Errors of all sorts occurred, some caused by haste and human mistake, others purposely to thwart counterfeiters.
* examples of ink smears
* different spellings of words
* tiny dots and markings in columns
* advertising of the printers who made the notes
* how notes were printed in sheets with different denominations
* the use of the pyramid and the all seeing eye of God
* books to help you learn more
Speaker(s): Gerald Kochel.
Coin World editor Beth Deisher separates fact from fantasy as she tells the amazing story about the discovery of the long lost fifth and final example of this fabled American numismatic rarity. Includes commentary from Paul Montgomery, president of Bowers & Merena, who authorized a one million dollar reward for recovery of the coin, Mark Borckhardt, numismatist at Bowers & Merena, who helped authenticate the coin, and Donn Pearlman the public relations agent who helped publicise the search effort and reward.
* story of the original million dollar offered for lost nickel
* pedigree of all the coins, their sales and owners
* the difficulty of assembling all the known specimens for the Baltimore American Numismatic Association Convention in 2003
* challenge of the Smithsonian specimen
* the people involved in the discovery
* the ordeal of determining authenticity when the lost coin appeared
Speaker(s): Beth Deisher.
Ex-ANA Governor Bill Fivaz examines the highly popular Jefferson nickel series. He addresses how to count steps, grading and identification of ten major die varieties.
* background of collecting Jefferson nickels
* market grading versus technical grading
* importance of luster, contact marks, strike, eye appeal
* examples of different grades of Jeffersons and how to grade them
* how quality may differ within a grade
* how to count steps
* what areas are least struck up and why
* the factors that affect grade; cuts, nicks, ticks, and bridges
* ten most popular errors and varieties
Speaker(s): Bill Fivaz.
Former ANA President John Wilson and his wife Nancy, former ANA Governor, continue their slide show presentation and anecdotes about the leading personalities in the coin collecting hobby.
Dozens of pictures of conventions, coin shows and numismatic gatherings are shown with the story of all those pictured and present. People shown include dignitaries to collectors, but all who have contributed to the hobby. Again, the big question is, "Are you included?" You will have to watch the video to see!
Speaker(s): John & Nancy Wilson.
Jeff Oxman, Michael Fey, Dr. Mark Kimpton, Eric Justice, John Baumgart
The Society for Silver Dollar Collectors holds the first annual VAM meeting for advanced Morgan and Peace dollar collectors. It features educational information, the annual VAM Master Award, election of officers and more.
Speaker(s): Jeff Oxman, Michael Fey, Dr. Mark Kimpton, Eric Justice, John Baumgart.
While some coin clubs have faltered, the Palm Beach Coin Club has grown and prospered during the two decades Tony Swicer has been president. What are the secrets to this club's success? How can you improve your club? Learn 20 different recommendations guaranteed to put more life, spark and enjoyment into your local club.
* how to assess the needs of your club members
* keeping meetings interesting and coming up with good programs
* using a newsletter to keep people informed
* holding auctions and coin shows
* awards, surveys, books and publications to help you
* embrace the use of the computer and a website
* other techniques to increase and hold your membership
Speaker(s): Tony Swicer.
ANA Governor Arthur Fitts presents a lively program concerning tales and the coinage of British monarchs who met tragic, tortuous and untimely deaths.
* King Edmund in the 9th century who became a saint and his misfortunes with the Danes
* King Alfred the Great who died of dysentery
* Endred and Eadwig descendants of Alfred
* Edward the Martyr who united all the English factions only to be killed visiting his stepmother in 978
* Aethelred the Unready and his 13 children
* Edmund Ironside who was disembowelled
* the intrigues of Knut until his death from dysentery
* Harthaknut & Harold including the Lady Godiva story
* William Rufus who was shot in the head with an arrow
* more tales of deaths, disembowellings, mutilations, killings and beheadings of monarchs with examples of their coinage
Speaker(s): Arthur Fitts, III.
Prominent women whose images have graced some of the world's most popular coins are shown in this presentation that blends history, art and numismatics.
* concepts of power are discussed and how power is perceived
* how power is different between men and women
* first female power exhibited 25,000 years ago
* coins of Croesus, Hera, story of the birth of Athena, Isis & Cleopatra of Egypt
* more stories and examples of women of power throughout history
Speaker(s): Prudence Fitts.
49th Fast Track to FUN. President Mark Lighterman introduces his board of directors. Comments by Ed Abbot, Gary Lewis, Anthony Swiatek, and others.
The Higgins Money Museum in Okoboji, Iowa has one of the largest collections of national bank notes in the world. Hear the story of this museum and the tale of this era of paper money.
Speaker(s): Producer, David Lisot.
On October 14, 2004, Steve Ivy attended a meeting of the Northeast Tarrant County Coin Club. Steve is the Co-CEO of Heritage Auction Galleries, the world's largest coin auction company. He started his collecting days in Fort Worth and he shares his recollections and stories of how he got started in the coin business and grew to become the biggest coin enterprise in America. Speaker(s): Steve Ivy.
This course has been developed by the ANA for middle school teachers to help them learn ways to use coins, currency, and tokens in their classrooms. This presentation provides an overview of the course and methods used to instruct the students. Learn how to support and apply this innovative program including:
* objectives of the program and overview of its contents
* day-by-day class activities
* program overview and its inception by ANA
* how expenses are dealt with and benefits to the teachers
* potential topic areas including history and social studies, science and technology, language arts, cultural development, art and religion
* how to get involved with the program
Speaker(s): Lane Brunner.
Portland, Oregon hosted the spring money show of the American Numismatic Association. Executive Director Chris Cipoletti delivered opening remarks. Other dignitaries of the numismatic community spoke to the throng of collectors waiting to enter the bourse floor.
After the convention opened to the public ANA Director of Education Gail Baker gave a tour of the exhibit area where coin aficionados displayed aspects of their collections in a competitive arena. Displays included what may have been the first silver dollar struck in America in 1794.
Then Gail takes viewers for quick walk on the bourse floor highlighting featuring what a participant would see. If you have ever wondered what an ANA convention was all about this video is for you. Speaker(s): Chris Cipoletti, Moderator.
A discussion of the transition from a distinctively Roman coinage to the "Byzantine" style which emerged with the coinage reform of Anastasius I in 498 AD. In the lecture and PowerPoint presentation you will see and learn:
* how Larry got started collecting Byzantine coins
* from where the word "Byzantine" comes
* explanation of the monetary system and how it was affected by inflation
* famous characters including Justinian the Great and Theodora, how saved the Empire, John the Cappadocean, who helped finance it, and others
* the boundaries as they waxed and finally waned
* reasons why the Empire fell
* the coinage reform of 498 A.D. and the many denominations that resulted
* Byzantine mints and how many of them were "rolling" with military units
* how to date Byzantine coins and the use of "officina" marks
* religious symbols used on coins and how they evolved from pagan to Christian
* how to get good deals buying Byzantine coins Speaker(s): Larry Gaye.
Join Chris Cipoletti as he discusses the vision he brings for the future of the world's largest coin collector organization. The ANA's Executive Director offers a new energy to the Association's leadership as he explains ways to incorporate current technologies and increase membership benefits. In this open forum discussion you will hear about:
* goals for membership
* possibilities for Numismatist, ANA's monthly publication
* news uses for electronic communication
* bringing the ANA Money Museum on line
* becoming proactive on consumer affairs
* new programs with auction houses
* additional scholarships to ANA Summer Seminar
* "Coins in the Classroom" school program
* more resources devoted to ANA Clubs, Regional Representatives and District Delegates
* additional membership benefits Speaker(s): Christopher Cipoletti.
America's favorite numismatist covers all the relevant information about America's five-cent series. He discusses grading, counting the steps, varieties and more in this slide presentation. You will see and learn:
* the history of Jefferson nickel collecting
* what examples of each grade look like from MS65-extra fine
* how grading has evolved from technical to market grading
* the importance of luster
* how to count "steps" and examples of each possible combination
* rarity of many dates for full steps
* cuts, nicks and ticks and how they affect grade and value
* the cause of bridges
* the ten most popular over dates, doubled mintmarks and die varieties
* great question and answer with the audience Speaker(s): Bill Fivaz.
Money is not just a convenient means of exchange, it is also a form of communication. The symbols and legends used on coins form a specialized language of their own-a language that is still used today. In this video and power point presentation you will see and learn:
* examples of ancient Greek coinage
* why money was so important to early rulers
* how the images and lettering were early recognized for their propaganda value
* why early images evolved from deities to ruler's portraits
* the reasons why Rome revised its monetary system during the protracted Punic Wars
* realism of Roman portraiture
* changes in coinage after the fall of Rome
* Byzantine coinage and the incorporation of religious portraits and motifs
* embellishment to English coinage of the 1300's
* issues of the Renaissance
* beginnings of modern coinage in the 1400's
* European city view coins,, French coins of the Revolution, and the first American coins Speaker(s): Douglas Mudd.
This program on paper money covers its history and use in the United States. In this lecture with slides presentation you will see and learn the different issues including:
* Colonial and Continental issues of the Revolutionary times
* Bank of the United States
* War of 1812 and the different "panic" issues
* state bank and obsolete note issues
* Confederate States of America
* large-sized notes and fractionals
* the different issues of national banknotes
* the beginning of small size paper money and some of the interesting issues
* advertising notes, counterfeits, encased postage and more Speaker(s): John & Nancy Wilson.
Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club
Leaders of one of the most successful coin clubs in the Pacific Northwest share techniques about how to create and maintain a local numismatic organization. The Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club dates back many years and uses methods that have proven themselves overtime to get members and keep them coming. In this presentation you will learn:
* David Schmidt tells the history of the club and an overview of why clubs are important and what makes an effective club
* Eric Holcomb explains the club secretary roles and responsibilities as well as other tasks that can be performed to help the club
* Photography is discussed including its uses and what cameras work well
* Club treasurer discusses financial practices including bank accounts, insurance, audits and more
* Ron Ahre explains the role of ANA Representative: the programs, awards, connections and benefits of ANA membership
* coin shows are discussed as a way to increase revenues and membership
* Rick Schultz is newsletter editor who tells about its purpose, content and circulation
Ken Fialkowski is the club librarian who talks about the importance of the availability of books and education
* Norm Mikat is club historian in charge of memorabilia who explains the importance of saving club history, souvenirs and photos
* the most important topic of any club is discussed-refreshments! Speaker(s): Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club.
Few men can boast the achievements of Alan Herbert as a personality in the coin collecting hobby. His involvement in numismatics began in 1968 and continues to the present. He has been a researcher, speaker, writer and celebrity in numismatics. He was one of the first to champion computers and the new technology. His articles have appeared and continue to do so in many of the major publications. In the lecture video you will learn:
* how he became known as the "Answer Man"
* his first column, "Odd Corner," and the many subsequent columns
* how he began using the computer in 1978 and the challenges he had to overcome
* the extent of his numismatic library
* career opportunities in numismatic in journalism Speaker(s): Alan Herbert.
Joseph E. Boling
An autobiographical monologue about a collector's life filled with organizational and avocational interests-an intersection of theater and numismatics. In this entertaining presentation you will hear and see:
* the genesis of the story topic
* Joe's story of his life in the military
* his involvement in theater
* his worldly travels including Morocco and Japan
* examples of his lifelong collecting
* the results of 28 years in the military, marriage, and children
* what causes a collector to evolve to different areas
* his lifestyle including sleeping, eating, drinking, volunteering and collecting Speaker(s): Joseph E. Boling.
Alaska has a rich and interesting numismatic history, unlike any other part of the United States. From becoming a Czarist Russian territory in 1867, to the gold rush era, and finally statehood in 1959, Alaska's numismatic history is a combination of many different peoples and events over the past 220 years. This presentation talks about and shows the five periods of Alaska and an overview of the state including:
* #1 Russian-American: 1784 - 1867, examples of medium of trade like seal skin notes and Brick Tea money
* #2 Unorganized US Territory: 1867 - 1912, purchased from Russia in 1867and how Indian tribes would procure copper for exchange
* #3 Gold Rush period: 1895 - 1912, when no coins or bars were made so nuggets circulated and the three banks that issued national bank notes.
* #4 Organized US Territory: 1912 - 1959, the issue of native tokens, "good for's", Bingles, and information sources to be used
* #5 Statehood: 1959 - modern, era use of private mint creations and other numismatic activities Speaker(s): Richard C. Jozefiak.
These are the introductory remarks leading into the American Numismatic Association Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hear ANA's Executive Director, Christopher Cipoletti, honor the leaders in numismatics and those responsible for organizing the most prestigious coin convention of the year. You will hear and see the:
* introduction of the ANA Board of Governors
* opening remarks by ANA President Gary Lewis
* acknowledgement of the ANA Advisory Council, Convention sponsors, and numismatic dignitaries
* greeting by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy
* General Chairman, Wayne Homren, and his recognition of convention officers
* recognition of world Mints, exhibit highlights, and the Carnegie Hero Fund
* announcements of ANA member developments Speaker(s): Chris Cipoletti & Gail Baker.
The civilization of Ruhuna in southeast Sri Lanka was an important port on the maritime Silk Road. It yielded many ancient artifacts, including coins, over the past two decades. This presentation shows selected samples of these ancient South Asian coins as well as:
* beginning of recorded history to the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa 247-207BC
* how Indian Emperor Asoka brought Buddhism to the Lanka and the subsequent history
* the southern part of the island and how it has not been well searched
* ways that items were discovered and saved for collectors
* earliest coins found of Indian origin of the Magadha & Maurya empires
* the difficulties of cleaning encrustation from the coins that were recovered
* examples of symbols found including the elephant and svastika Speaker(s): Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga.
The topical collecting field of birds on coins continues to grow as new issues appear and information is learned. This presentation talks about and shows:
* other people who have researched the subject
* the vast number of different birds depicted
* significance of the different birds shown, how they are named and the various languages used
* mistakes in bird anatomy
* examples of colored coins
* how countries use birds on coins to generate revenue
* confusion of denominations with some countries
* stories and interesting information about more kinds of birds than you can imagine! Speaker(s): Halbert Carmichael.
The California Gold Rush was one of the seminal events in our nation's history. Denis retells the Gold Rush as it was reflected in the coinage of the time. More broadly, he shows how a coin collection can be assembled specifically to tell a story. This presentation discusses and shows:
* how the Gold Rush began in 1848 and the first gold coin was the regular issue $2.5 Liberty gold coin that was counterstamped "CAL"
* Moffat & Co. gold bar issued in 1849 that surfaced at the Farouk Sale in 1954
* Morris gold half eagle issue of 1849
* how the Mint decided a $20 coin was needed and began to strike them in 1849
* Augustus Humbert chosen as assayer who contracted Moffat to strike $50 slugs
* evolution of the first fractional gold half-dollar struck by Joseph Brothers in June of 1852
* the Moffat $20 gold issue of 1853
* need for a mint in San Francisco and the issue of the 1854-S $20 Liberty
* John Kellogg who issued a $20 piece in 1854 & 1855
* Wass Moliter who in 1857 struck gold $5 & $10 and finally a round $50 Speaker(s): Denis Loring.
Learn about Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero and other early emperors of Rome (some who reigned only a few months!) and discover how easy it is to collect their nearly 2000 year old coins. This presentation shows and discusses:
* extent of ancient coinage issues across the Mediterranean
* transition of Rome from a Republic to an Empire
* the time period covered of approximately 60BC to 96AD
* examples of denarii of Pompeii
* Suetonius, who was the chronicler of early Rome, with his book about the 12 Caesars
* the story of Julius Caesar, his coinage and his exploits in Gaul
* coinage from the drama of Brutus, Cleopatra, and Marc Antony
* Octavian, known as Augustus, and his long reign
* coinage of Tiberius 14-37 AD, Caligula 37-41 AD, Claudius 41-54 AD, Nero 54-68 AD, Galba 68-69 AD, Otho 69 AD, Vitellius 69 AD, Vespasion 69-79 AD, Titus 79-81 AD and Domitian 81-96 AD, last of Flavians Speaker(s): David Vagi.
Intended to deceive, fakes and forgeries constitute a very small population, yet remain a significant problem. Even obvious copies and honest replicas create gray areas of doubt and open the door to abuse. This presentation helps collectors avoid the problems and includes:
* the problem of counterfeits in the marketplace
* role of the Secret Service
* different areas where fake items now occur
* difficulty of determining authenticity over the Internet
* why absence of enforcement is not endorsement
* why you should NOT collect counterfeits
* times in history when counterfeiting was common Speaker(s): Michael Marotta.
This presentation looks at how the Scots ran the northern English mints, what changes they made, and what administrative practices they took north with them to establish a regular coinage in Scotland including:
* how the Scots were so late in introducing coinage
* that David became king in 1124 and was considered a civilized king
* mints at St. Andrews Berwick, Bomburgh, Newcastle, Durham, York, Corbridge, Roxburgh, Edinburgh, and Carlyle
* the minor discovery of silver near Corbridge and its impact on the economy and politics
* intrigue of Stephen Matilda, and Daniel as they battled for the English countryside.
* passing of David and the demise of the Scottish land holdings.
* markings on the coinage of the times
* moneyers on the coins and their role in society
* examples of coins struck through the 12th century from mints in the area and their great rarity Speaker(s): E. Tomlinson Fort.
Legend has it that George Washington provided the bullion to strike the first United States coin, the 1792 half disme. This talk traces the development of this story and uses rare and little known books and manuscripts to come to a surprising conclusion including:
* possible pronunciations of "disme"
* the tale of George Washington providing his silver to strike the first U.S. coins and that Martha was the model
* first print story in 1846 "Pledges of History" by William Dubois
* Morton's Literary Letter in 1857 that mentions Martha Washington being the model and George bringing the silver
* Dr. Montroville W. Dickerson who popularized the story
* James Ross Snowden, Mint Director till 1861, who added that it was GW's silverware
* Edward B. Haden, who wrote a letter "To the Editor" of The Numismatist in May 1943, and told of a letter in a book relating to the topic
* people in the drama including Don Taxay, and Walter Breen
* three different revisions of the memorandum
* Carl Herkowitz's article in 1996 that determined that John McAllister Jr. (1786-1877) is who wrote the memo
* how it was determined that silverware was not used
* rationale leading to the conclusion that it was indeed Washington's silver coin or bullion that was used Speaker(s): Joel J. Orosz, Ph.D.
In 1791, the National Assembly invited engravers to compete for the post of Engraver-General of France by submitting dies for a new coinage. This presentation illustrates rare original strikings and discusses the different essays including:
* the competition that was created to find a new mint engraver for the Paris mint in 1791
* drawings submitted by Droz and Dupre
* example of uniface trial piece by Lorthor
* Bertand Andriev and medals engraved by him
* Jean Pierre Droz an engraver who struck medals & patterns
* Augustin Dupre began engraving sword guards
* Benjamin Duvivier who engraved regular coinage of Louis XVI
* N. Gatteaux engraved portrait medals
* Francois Vasselon of whom little is known
* Bolton of England and his effect on the competition
* Dr. Swedlaur and the effect of his comments on the judgement
* the final vote and why some entrants received no votes from the 57 members of the Academy
* examples of the different essay pieces struck and their pedigree Speaker(s): Richard Margolis.
What's in store for the ANA? What will the future hold? These are just a few of the questions that are answered by Executive Director Christopher Cipoletti. He provides an overview of the vision of the ANA, along with new and exciting initiatives being implemented. Learn about how to become part of this exciting future. This presentation addresses the Strategic Plan and its goals and objectives including:
* how the ANA will grow as an association
* how it will be paid for
* how it will stand for excellence Speaker(s): Christopher Cipoletti.
In 1825, Samuel Moore was the new director of the US Mint. He laid down a new set of strict rules that included no more rum included in the daily rations for Mint workers. Yet, in 1825, strange things happened at the mint. This presentation uncovers the many anomalies that occurred during this period and includes:
* major news events of 1825
* Samuel Moore, Mint Director appointed in 1824, and the new rules he imposed
* two varieties of 1825 half cent
* how the coins changed from polishing the dies
* examples of errors that began to occur including double struck, overstruck, off-center and counterstamps Speaker(s): Gerald Kochel.
Although the fields of love tokens and Hebrew amulets are both substantial, the intersection of the two is surprisingly small yet varied. This presentation describes and interprets specimens of Hebrew love tokens, comparing them to their Jewish, Christian, and magical archetypes. This presentation includes:
* definition of a Hebrew love
* types of general love tokens
* how to tell classic from modern (after 1920)
* examples of letter heh as name of God
* Shaday - name of God, guardian of the doorway
* 1909 the year a law was passed to stop defacing coins
* Shema as God's creed
* Barkat Kohanim on amulets and an associated hand
* the Tetragrammaton - name of four letters included with Mlakhim script, Temura (substitution of letters), Adonay, El
* additional examples of tokens of esoteric expressions and Biblical verses Speaker(s): Simcha Kuritzky.
This presentation focuses on the historical aspects of seated coinage and carries the audience back in time to the American 19th century, from the Panic of 1837, to the tumult of the Civil War, and the gun slinging Wild West. Accompanied by photographs of significant seated coinage, the audience is treated to a "you are there" experience wrapped in the history of a coinage design including:
* engraver Christian Gobrecht (1785-1844) and the story of his life.
* examples of his first coin designs of the famous dollars of 1836
* the "Conceited German" theory
* creation of branch mints in 1835 in New Orleans, Charlotte, and Dahlonega
* the 1982 coin hoard found in New Orleans of 1841-O quarters
* examples of seated coinage including; small date coinage of 1842, 1844 "Little Orphan Annie" dimes and the story of their promotion, 1852-O quarter and strike characteristics of New Orleans coinage, 1853-O 1/2 dime, arrows and rays added in 1853 due to weight change and silver value, the 1860 "coin without a country" and why they may have been struck, 1861-O Confederate half-dollar and its distinguishing die break, 1872-S the only collectible S dollar, CC coinage and its characteristics, changes introduced in 1874
* the question of CC branch mint proofs
* 20 cent coins of 1875 - 78, the Bland-Allison Act of 1878 and its effects on coinage, examples of patterns, books and references to help you collect and more Speaker(s): Leonard Augsburger & Darrell Low.
This lecture makes you aware of today's coin offerings which are scams, or vastly overpriced and how to detect counterfeit, whizzed, over-graded, or artificially toned coins. Speaker(s): Anthony Swiatek.
This presentation introduces beginners to the field of ancient coins. Slides of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine specimens, selected for historical interest, beauty, and availability, illustrate the talk and include:
* what are ancient coins and how do they differ
* extent of the ancient world
* the first coins from Lydia, gold Darius of Persia, silver stater of Aegina, Greek owl of Athens, silver stater of Thebes, Pegasus silver stater of Corinth, Elis (Olympia)
Achaean League Metapontem, Taras, Syracuse, Kentoripai, Carthage, Rhodes, Ospendos, Ephesos, Macedonia, Celtic / Gaulish, Ptolemaic Egypt, Seleucid, Tyre, Parthia, Rome Republic and Empire
* how to identify Pegasus, Olympia Pegasus, Philip Alexander the Great
* events and propaganda
* coins of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Cleopatra and other important times of the ancient world Speaker(s): Thomas Palmer.
The design and symbolic nature of the Jefferson Peace Medal owed much to the neoclassicism in vogue during the early years of the young Republic, but the medal's design meant different things in different cultural landscapes. Explore the meanings of the Jefferson Peace Medal within the various cultural landscapes it occupied including:
* the concept of cultural landscape and cultural values
* importance of the giving medals to the indigenous peoples
* how propaganda influenced perception of the New World
* why early colonizers used medals with the Indian tribes
* cultural symbols used
* the first medal created under George Washington for the Indians
* Jefferson's interest in native Americans and how the Louisiana Purchase necessitated new discourse with Indians Speaker(s): Daniel Ackerman.
Join this discussion about the making of silver dollars (1794-1935) and the grading techniques for each type. This presentation includes:
* how John got started in the coin hobby
* eras of silver dollars including Bust 1794-1804, Gobrecht, Seated, Trade, Morgan, and Peace
* challenges of striking the first silver dollars and the process to do so
* use of the open collar to add edge lettering
* why grading early bust dollars is so difficult
* types of luster for Morgans and Peace
* hints for what characteristics to look for in the grading of each of the types of silver dollars
* why such difficulty of grading Peace dollars. Speaker(s): John Dannreuther.
This presentation discusses various forger's methods and techniques-including the startling prison interviews with master forger Mark Hofmann that shed new light on the so-called "1959-D wheatback cent" variety. You will see and learn:
* Intro by Bob Campbell about Charles Larson, who worked as a prison guard with Mark Hofmann
* Larson's background as a gunsmith, its application to numismatics, and how he came into contact with forger Mark Hofmann
* examples of forged Buffalo nickels with embossed mint marks
* a recreated hub for a bust dollar
* stories of altered dates, electroplated mintmarks
* how Hofmann's equipment passed into private hands
* the 1959-D Wheatback cent struck with an electro-nickel plate die shell as claimed by Hoffmann
* how Larson created his own die and struck his own 1959 wheat back cent Speaker(s): Charles M. Larson.
This talk recalls the last days of the Confederacy including the surrender of General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army at Appomattox courthouse, Virginia. Thomas reviews the final surrender and an important note actually captured at Appomattox. You will see and learn:
* how Thomas Sebring found a common Confederate bill with a note attached that it had been taken at Appomatox
* circumstances of the beginning of the Civil War
* generals on both sides
* pictures of Antietam, Gettysburg, field hospitals, scenes of carnage, and famous men.
* the story of paper money of the South and its eventual devaluation
* the courthouse at Appomatox
* how Grant helped reconciliation with the South by the way he treated the Confederate soldiers when they surrendered Speaker(s): Thomas Sebring.
Photography and numismatics have items in each that relate to each other. See fascinating examples from both fields that include tokens, coins, medals, and paper "money" with a photo connection, as well as a great sampling of photo antiques that relate to numismatics. You will see and learn:
* various merchants who issued tokens and made photographic equipment
* the earliest American daguerreotype
* men from the first days of photography who collected coins.
* coins that opened to show pictures
* medals awarded for daguerreotypes
* tokens for daguerreotype issuers
* daguerreotype pictures of people with coins
* coins with counterstamps
* examples of script for early photographers
* more tokens, script, notes, photos of numismatic related items
* coin banks that look like cameras
A great video with lots of crossover material for numismatic and photographic audiences. Speaker(s): Nicholas M. Graver.
This presentation allows you to view one of the largest collections of local Pittsburgh tokens, medals, badges, pins, ribbons, and numerous other neat items. In this lecture you will see and learn:
* how Mr. Crosby began collecting coins and graduated into more difficult areas
* the hard-to-find areas of collectible items of Pittsburgh
* examples of large medals, trolley tokens, coal scrip, elongateds, Masonic items, watch fobs, badges, religious medals, charge coins, merchant tokens and more Speaker(s): Richard J. Crosby.
This talk discusses the challenges and fun associated with building a collection of rare and interesting type coins, including some truly rare coins that don't cost a fortune. Using lots of pictures, John discusses different types of rarities, what to look fore in a bargain, and illustrates some coins that were truly "too neat to not buy!" In this presentation you will see and learn:
* concepts of rarity and a comparison of the top 20 20th century coins
* value compared to rarity and examples of each of the coins
absolute rarity vs. relative rarity
* 1841 half cent compared to 93-S Morgan
* examples of condition rarities like 84-S Morgan, 1909-O barber quarter, and 1904-S half
* the 1903-O Morgan dollar that was an absolute rarity and what caused it to became a condition rarity
* bargains from buying a rare coin for close to the cost of a common coin and examples
* "neat stuff" like proof-only issues that were spent, traditional pieces, and more Speaker(s): John Frost.
Find out the inside secrets of how to get the best deals in the coin market and how to play the bull market for all it's worth! This presentation includes Rosen's 10 Coin Market Axioms some of which includes the need to understand the:
* wholesale and retail "spread"
* uniqueness of coins and their pricing
* rarity and how it is determined
* importance of buying quality coins with eye appeal
* effects of marketing and how it affects pricing
* nature of the coin industry
* how some dealers choose what they sell
* limitations of the grading services
* lack of regulation in the coin industry Speaker(s): Maurice Rosen.
Independent examinations by a dozen well-known experts have appear to confirm what some authorities have believed for decades regarding the finest known surviving 1794 dollar with a silver plug. According to some authorities, this probably is the first US silver dollar ever struck. Listen to the experts as they discuss this historic American treasure including:
* efforts made to determine if the dollar was the first struck
* how Steve Contursi found and purchased the coin
* that Ken Bressett was astounded by the coin and decided the coin was very special
* John Dannreuther and his research that convinced him it was the first dollar struck
* Martin Logies' interest in the 1794 dollar and his conclusions that this coin was the first
* questions from the audience Speaker(s): Donn Pearlman, Steve Contursi, Ken Bressett, John Dannreuther, & Martin Logies.
Siege money is a little known, but fascinating area of numismatics. It deals with coins and currency used to pay defending troops in time of war. Also called obsidional money, it comes in strange sizes, shapes, and materials, and with strange stories. Find out about money that could have been conceived, struck, and circulated in a matter of hours! This presentation includes:
* the story of the siege and the tactics used to defeat a city or castle
* examples of medals that showed city layouts and ramparts
* siege money issued by Athens in 4th century BC
* the term for siege money marked on many of the coins
* the need to strike coins to pay the troops who were mercenaries and how they could even change sides if money that paid them ran out
* the intrinsic and symbolic value to the coinage created
different shapes and sizes, metals used, denominations, and planchet types
* issues created with religious significance made from religious vessels
* how to authenticate
* examples of paper issues including "Chinese" Gordon of Khartoum, and Baden-Powell of South Africa Speaker(s): Lawrence Korchnak.