1785 Connecticut copper minted from dies engraved by Abel Buell
Colonial Newsletter editor Christopher R. McDowell writes:
I will be giving a free talk on Abel Buell and the Connecticut mint at the New Haven Museum in New Haven, Connecticut on December 7, 2017 at 6:00pm. The New Haven Museum houses the Connecticut
account ledgers, the recent discovery of which is the biggest development in colonial numismatics in over 140 years. The ledgers will be on display prior to and after my talk. During my discussion I
will explain the ledgers and disclose some of the secrets they have already revealed to us about the Connecticut and Fugio coinages.
These documents are the Rosetta Stone of colonial numismatics explaining in detail how the coins were minted and distributed. Indeed, the documents are so important to Colonial numismatics that
the Colonial Coin Collectors Club recently paid to have the ledgers professionally conserved. Although we have published transcripts of the ledgers this year in The Colonial Newsletter, I will
be discussing several yet to be published facts and theories concerning the ledgers and the mint including new data on the total number of Fugios minted and explain the true origin of the Bank of New
York hoard of Fugio coppers.
1787 Fugio struck in 1788 from dies engraved by Abel Buell
Sounds fascinating - I wish I lived near enough to attend. E-Sylum readers in the vicinity are encouraged to stop by. I'm looking forward to future publications based
on information in these ledgers. -Editor
For more information about the New Haven Museum, see:
This is the cartouche on the map engraved and printed by Abel Buell. It is the first map of the United States of America. A copy of the map sold at Christie’s in 2010 for over $2 Million. The map
is dedicated to the governor of Connecticut, who 21 years before was the prosecutor who oversaw Buell's trial for counterfeiting. Buell was convicted and his punishment included being branded on
his forehead and to have half his right ear cut off.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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