CONA May 2016 Newsletter

May Meeting

When: 7 p.m., May 18,2016
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Colonial coinage
Speaker:Chris

May Presentation

Numismatics is defined as “the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects.” Most numismatists are collectors or hobbyists, but there are others who study the items we collect for
clues as to their origin and meaning. For most modern United States Mint products very little study is needed or what needs to be known can be readily ascertained in the Red Book or similar reference materials; however, the same cannot be said for most American colonial coins. These coins are often wrapped in mystery starting with basic questions like who made them, where were they struck, and why. Our speaker for the May meeting, Christopher R. McDowell, applies history, genealogy, archaeology, anthropology and other methods to the study of colonial coinage in order to answer these questions. Christopher is the author of Abel Buell and the History of the Connecticut and Fugio Coinages as well as many other articles on colonial coin topics. He will speak to us about the study of colonial coinage. – Chris

April Presentation

Gerry, in between coughing fits, discussed several TV shows that featured coins as central to the plot, including Andy Griffith’s backwards buffalo and Hawaii Five-O’s famous 1913 nickel.

By: Gerry Tebben

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