ANS member James A. Neiswinter has recreated the plate from Joseph N.T. Levick’s 1869 article, “Types and Varieties of the U.S. Cent, 1793” (see page 69 of ANS Magazine, Volume 7 Number 2). A limited edition (100) of these plates will be available through the ANS for $100. The plate reproductions are in color, mounted on ivory paper, and feature all twenty-two known 1793 varieties, issued in the same format as the original. They are numbered and will come with a key showing both Sheldon and Breen numbers, as well as rarity ratings.
The ANS Member’s Medal has been a feature of our Society since 1875. Early Member’s Medals were designed by George H. Lovett, Victor D. Brenner and Gutzon Borglum. The current medal is the 1977 creation of sculptor Frank Eliscu. The 2 1/2 inch bronze medal features a high relief owl on the obverse and the Society’s emblem of an oak leaf cluster on the reverse. The Member’s Medal is available to ANS members only.
The design of this two-piece medal by Janos Kalmar of Budapest was selected from over 40 entries in an international competition. This 3 x 3 inch medal is the first ANS cast medal in over 70 years. It was produced at the C. A. Brown Foundry, Cranston, RI and has been given a custom patina by Hugo Greco of Danbury, CT. The medal is available for purchase in bronze. Silver medals were given to donors of $5000 or more in the Society’s 1988 Endowment campaign.
This highly sculptural medal is the work of Magdalena Dobrucka of Warsaw, Poland. The design was selected in an international competition which elicited more than 100 designs from 16 countries. The medal has been struck by the J. Jenkins Sons Company of Baltimore, MD. Serially numbered medals are available in bronze with a special dark patina and in sterling silver.
by Marc Shell
(co-published with the University of Illinois Press)
List price: $75 plus shipping & handling
Member price: $52.50 plus shipping & handling
ISBN 978-0-252-03366-7 Hardcover, 138 pp., 101 b/w figs., 18 color pls.
Wampum has become a synonym for money, and it is widely assumed that it served the same purposes as money among the Native Algonquians even after coming into contact with European colonists’ money. But to equate wampum with money only matches one slippery term with another, as money itself was quite ill-defined in North America for decades during its colonization. Fledgling colonial currencies assimilated much more from Native American trading practices than they imposed on the locals, so much so that colonists regularly expressed fears of “becoming Indians” in their widespread use of paper money, a novel economic innovation adapted from wampum. In this stimulating and intriguing book, Marc Shell illuminates the context in which wampum was used by describing how money circulated in the colonial period and the early history of the United States.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marc Shell is Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and professor of English at Harvard University.
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