Here are some additional notes from E-Sylum readers this week.
Kay O. Freeman writes:
I am writing this on Augustus Saint-Gaudens' birthday, which was March 1, 1848. He was born in DUBLIN, IRELAND and migrated to America with his parents when he was six months old. The Baldwin's press release about the Michael Hall auction said "American born" Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Good catch! Sorry I missed that one. Thanks.
Regarding my ham-handed introduction to Joel Orosz and Len Augsburger's announcement of their viewing of an archive of Eckfeldt family artifacts,
Bill Eckberg writes:
Henry Voigt was the first Chief Coiner. Adam Eckfeldt wasn't even on the payroll at the Mint's beginning.
I am very much looking forward to their book - and their talk after Dave Bowers' at the Early American Coppers convention next month (in Annapolis, VA)
Another good catch! That one's my fault. In my rush to complete the issue I confused "coiner at the first U.S Mint" with "first coiner of the U.S. Mint," which is not the same thing.
Arthur Shippee writes:
David Meadows noted this very interesting blog post about Harlan Berk.
The post on "Looting Matters" is from the point of view of archeologists, who have been feuding with the coin collecting community over laws regarding the importation of ancient coins. One man's treasured collectible is another's loot. Berk has given quite generously to Ancient Coins in Education, the organization that puts ancient coins into classroom lessons.
Berk said he was told an archaeologist told a school teacher it was a bad thing to give ancient coins to children.
Speaking at the NYINC meeting Berk said, "I am angry at the archaeologists and I want to beat them."
To read the complete article, see:
"I am angry at the archaeologists and I want to beat them"
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