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  1. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Dear Board, By chance, does anyone have access to this article? Sharples, John (1988b). 'The Kangaroo Office': A Nineteenth Century 'Sting'. Numismatic Association of Australia Journal. 4, pp. 29-37. I just called up the ANA Library today and was a bit disappointed (although not really surprised) to hear that they don't even carry this journal. I would like to read this article (or something as potentially helpful) so as to better understand the details behind the striking of W. J. Taylor's undated Melbourne Exhibition halfpenny tokens. Here are a couple of examples: http://www.noble.com.../lot/?id=286510 http://www.noble.com...s/lot?id=286512 Note that their reverses borrow the reverse design from the draped bust Washington & Independence tokens. This is why I am researching these concoctions by Taylor for my Numismatist article on Washington & Independence cent tokens. My thanks to the board for any help that can be provided along these lines of research! Best regards, Mark Fox Michigan
  2. Dear Board, If others aren't too busy, I would appreciate some help here: http://www.coins.nd....TARY.intro.html From the above webpage, Louis Jordan writes: "The Wellington tokens were struck at Thomason's press with dies and punches cut by Thomas Halliday, a die-sinker located on Newhall Street in Birmingham. Rulau identifies the specific Wellington portrait punches used on the Washington military bust tokens as varieties of the Wellington bust used for the Wellington peninsular token Charlton WE-11, which is cataloged with seven small bust varieties (WE-11A) and eight large bust varieties (WE-11B)." He got this information from Rulau and Fuld's Medallic Portraits of Washington (1999), p. 35, and apparently from the 4th edition of The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens (2000). Now, here is what Rulau and Fuld exactly wrote: "The portrait on Baker 4 is actually that of the Duke of Wellington! Thomason simply borrowed the punch used for the Canadian Wellington tokens, Breton 987, Charlton 222-224. Thomas Halliday created the obverse dies, Ingram the reverse, and Sir Edward Thomason struck them." Confusingly, Breton 987 corresponds exactly to WE-11A in the 6th edition of Charlton on Canadian colonial tokens (2006) while it supposedly corresponds more vaguely to "Charlton 222-224" in the 2000 edition. Is this correct? Did Charlton seriously revamp their coin cataloging system in the interim? I am confused as to which Wellington Peninsular token varietie(s) share the same obverse portrait punch with the Washington & Independence military bust tokens. Any insight would be most appreciated! Best regards, Mark Fox Michigan
  3. Dear Clive, Wow, you are here too?! The world seems to be shrinking like a balloon! Thank you for your kind wishes. I do hope something shows up soon. All I need is one or two battered pieces. If anyone has any photos to contribute of a Washington & Independence token, Unity cent, or one of the undated double-headed Washington cent tokens, that would be helpful too. I will make certain to credit each photographer/owner for any images used. Best regards, Mark Fox Michigan
  4. Dear Bill, What a small world! Nice to see you here and thank you for the encouraging words. Apparently not many other collectors have Washington & Independence tokens either. I am wondering what to do as time is of the essence. Happily, two Wellington Peninsular tokens are in the mail, so that will help. Best regards, Mark Fox Michigan
  5. Dear Board, I am in the process of locating 1783 Washington & Independence tokens for a possible isotopic signature analysis by Prof. Ryan Mathur. It is hoped that through this testing we may gain a better, if still imperfect, idea of who minted them by linking the copper with the ore it was mined and smelted from. The old attribution to the Soho Mint is not as likely as it once was. There is now a strong suspicion that Sir Edward Thomason's manufactory is responsible for at least the W & I military bust types. It has been noted by Rulau & Fuld in Medallic Portraits of Washington (2nd ed., 1999), that the punches used for the W & I military busts are in fact mere modifications of the Duke Wellington(!) portraits found on the Wellington Peninsular halfpenny tokens. So I am planning to test one of those as well and see how it compares with its supposed Washington brethren. For more information on W & I tokens, please see: http://www.coins.nd....APED.intro.html http://www.coins.nd....TARY.intro.html I do understand that probably many, if not most, private Birmingham minters used the same copper ores in Cornwall, so this remains a concern, but the isotopic signatures of the tokens may hold other surprises, and so still be worth the $100-140 cost for "instrument time." I already have one Washington & Independence token that I am thinking of using in the experiments. This one: http://www.forumanci...ar=18&zpg=38705 By chance, does anyone have one or two more that they would be interested in donating to the project? Low grade specimens are definitely welcome of either the draped or miltary bust types. Prof. Mathur will not destroy the tokens, but nevertheless told me, "I can certainly analyze some coins for you. If you can sacrifice some small amount of sample. There are several ways to take the sample which will reduce the impact on your sample." This whole project of obtaining isotopic signatures of Washington & Independence tokens is for an article I am writing for The Numismatist, which will have much more to say on the tokens. It will also discuss what little we know about the life and work of Thomas Wells Ingram, the medalist and die sinker credited with designing the W & I seated "Liberty" reverse. The important thing to remember here is that my submission deadline is April 4, so the isotopic signature analysis has to be done very soon. My sincere thanks to the board in advance for any help that can be provided in this large undertaking! Best regards, Mark Fox Michigan
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