American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Barnsley displaying Samuel Thompson's Essay on Coining (1783) in the American Numismatic Society library (photograph by James C. Spilmen, 1973).

Edward R. Barnsley papers, 1965-1985
1.7 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Biographical note
Edward (Ned) R. Barnsley (b. 1906) of Beach Haven, New Jersey, was an authority on the state coinage of Connecticut and editor of The Colonial Newsletter, a newspaper on colonial coins. He was an American Numismatic Society fellow and life member of the American Numismatic Association.

Collection
Includes research notes, many illustrated with cut and pasted photographic plates, and correspondence on colonial coins, collecting, activities relating to publishing articles and The Colonial Newsletter, and the possible sale of part of his coin collections. Four notebooks contain what appear to be an inventory of his collection (1785-1787), which include notes on where pieces were bought, price, value, and grading. Also present are photocopies of unpublished and manuscript items, such as The Very Caterpillers of this Kingdome: or, Penny Problems in the Private Sector, 1600-1660 (Ivor Noel Hume, 1984); Probate Papers of The Estate of Horatio N. Rust (Los Angeles County, 1904); New Jersey Coppers (Walter Breen, unpublished, 1955); The EAC Connecticut Sale of February 15, 1975 (Edward Barnsley); Errata to EAC February 15, 1975, Connecticut Colonial Sale, February 15, 1975 (Jeff Rock); Essay on Coining (Samuel Thompson, 1783), which includes three photographs of Barnsley holding the original book at the American Numismatic Society library taken by James C. Spilmen in 1973; Numismatic Register: Silver Coins of Massachusetts (Andrew Pollock, circa 1980s); and Dr. Hall’s “Later Notes” on Connecticuts (Thomas P. Hall, 1909, original at the State Museum of Connecticut).

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