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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 13, March 28, 2021, Article 11


Neziah Wright Painting
Pete Smith writes:

Portrait Unknown Gentleman - Neziah Wright "On September 16. 2016, Quinn’s Auction Galleries of Chadds Ford, Virginia, sold a “Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman” as lot 144. The painting was done in 1834 by the firm of Samuel Waldo and William Jewett. The painting, done in oil on board, is 36 x 28 inches with the Waldo and Jewett stencil on the back.

"After the sale, the buyer was told that it is a portrait of Neziah Wright. He was born in Lyman, New Hampshire, on August 10, 1804, the son of Lockhart and Abigail Bliss Wright. He was married to Lauretta with a daughter. He died in Manhattan on February 25, 1879.

"The painting shows him, not as an engraver and tradesman, but rather as a gentleman and partner in the successful firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson."

Thanks. Great portrait. So far, no one has been able to answer Pete's earlier questions - a) who previously owned the painting? and b) are there any other known portraits of Neziah Wright? Can anyone help? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 21, 2021 : Seeking Picture of Neziah Wright (

Query: Medal Manufacturer Sought
Jan Monroe writes:

"I am trying to find out what company minted these medals. They were issued in sets and put in die-cut cardboard holders with stamped lettering on the cardboard. The unknown to me company made these for many different locations. The style is the same with low relief nickel silver medals and silver medals. The cardboard was housed in a plastic sleeve. If anyone who reads The E-Sylum can help I would appreciate it. "

Alabama sesquicentennial medals
jacksonville sesquicentennial medals
New Orleans 250th anniversary medals

Can anyone help? -Editor

Richard H. Driehaus (1942-2021)
Gerry Tebben writes:

"There's a curious mention of coin dealing in the mid-1950s in Saturday's Wall Street Journal. The obituary for Chicago fund manager Richard Driehaus notes: Around age 12, he began collecting coins and soon discovered he could make money selling some of them. Having noticed coin dealers’ display ads in a numismatic magazine, he scoured smaller notices at the back of the publication “to see what they were actually trying to buy for their own accounts, rather than what they wanted to unload on the public,” he said. “Then I would shadow them.”

"Given the year, my bet would be he was reading Numismatic Scrapbook."

Thanks - I saw the article. It said that "By the time he graduated from high school, ... he had about $2,000 (the current equivalent of nearly $18,000) in cash savings and $3,000 to $4,000 of coins." I searched the Newman Numismatic Portal for his name, and only got hits in Coin World in 1964, likely in his classified ads. I haven't seen Richard Driehaus mentioned elsewhere as a collector. Or was he a secretive buyer? Will there be a Driehaus collection sale in the future? -Editor

To read the complete article (subscription required), see:
Richard Driehaus, Stock-Market Daredevil, Preserved Traditional Architecture (

Love Token on Counterfeit Seated Quarter
Love token P on counterfeit Seated Quarter obverse Love token P on counterfeit Seated Quarter reverse

Tom Caldwell of Northeast Numismatics writes:

"Here’s a Seated quarter love token of sorts with a “p” initial and as is often the case another initial that we are not certain what it is as the engraver got creative. Of course Seated dimes are most common for this popularly collected area. All other denominations are slightly scarce to fairly scarce. Besides this being a quarter another fact sticks out - this is a counterfeit. Appears to be German silver but not certain. Looking at the seam on the reverse in rim area we are guessing it was “minted” with a blank reverse as opposed to having been shaved which is the typical case on traditional love tokens."

Mudlark Find: 1803 East India Company Coin

Anne Bentley passed along this tweet by London Mudlark Lara Maiklem. Thanks. Neat coin. -Editor

1803 East India Company Coin obverse 1803 East India Company Coin reverse

East India Company cash coin (1803) found on the Thames near to the docks used by the East India ships. The value is written in Persian: Dah kas do falus ast: 10 cash is equal to one dudu; there were 8 dudus in a fanam and 42 fanams in a pagoda.

To read the complete tweet, see:

Muenzen Belly Button Bunny
Regarding the name of the new Düsseldorf-based coin auction firm Gut-Lynt, Max Hensley writes:

"I ran this name through Google translate and it came out Belly Button Bunny. Ha ha."

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

E-Sylum Numismagram ad42 non-fungible tokens

Wayne Homren, Editor

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