Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN)

Jean 4.1 Cover

Christopher McDowell, Editor

The Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) is an award-winning research journal based on the former Colonial Newsletter (CNL) dedicated to the study of early American numismatics. Founded in 1960, CNL continuously published some of the most scholarly and seminal studies in this area of numismatics. Focusing on the study of the coinages produced by the states during the Confederation period of the United States, CNL also investigated a variety of other specie that the U.S.’s forefathers used in their daily lives.

JEAN expands the focus of CNL with contributions on numismatics of all of the Americas during the same time period covered by CNL, and is published as a bound scholarly journal in June and December.

Submit proposals for articles to editor Christopher McDowell. Please note that JEAN has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism, and will not publish articles that include items currently in (or currently being prepared for) commerce.

Numismatic Literary Guild Awards 2020
Best Feature Article on Early American Coins: “The Authentic Fugio Restrike Dies” by Chris McDowell and Julia Casey
Best Feature Article on Numismatic History or Personalities: “John J. Ford: A Life in Three Portraits” by Q. David Bowers
James L. Miller Memorial Award for Article of the Year: “The Authentic Fugio Restrike Dies” by Chris McDowell and Julia Casey
Numismatic Literary Guild Awards 2019
Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical

JEAN 4.1, June 2021 (Current Issue)

  • The Coins Made “for the Islands and Mainland of America”
    by the French West India Company (1670), by Jérôme Jambu

  • The Letter from the Officer of the 64th Regiment was not About the
    1776 Continental Dollar, by Julia H. Casey

  • The Crane Ring of Rupert, Vermont: A Family of Counterfeiters at Reuben Harmon’s Mint, by Julia H. Casey

  • The Most Persistent Patent Farthing Counterfeiter, by Mark A. Sportack

  • Evasion Coppers: A Rose by any other Name, by Jeff Rock

JEAN 2021 Subscription issues 1 and 2

Member Subscription price: $60 plus $5 shipping and handling. Non-Member $80 plus $5 s&h

JEAN Subscription

CNL Digital Download

Cumulative download of CNL 104 through the final issue in PDF format: The Colonial Newsletter (CNL) 104 through the final issue is now available as a digital download (in PDF format). $50.00 + shipping.

Color Plates

The first set of four full-color plates with introductions and descriptive catalogues reprints the black-and-white plate set that appeared in the Colonial Newsletter 143 (August 2010). These include the first part of the ANS holdings of Vermont coppers (RR 2 to 8/Bressett 1-A to 6-E), Connecticut coppers (Miller 1-E to 3.4-F.2), New Jersey coppers (Maris 10-G to 13-J), and Massachusetts cents (Ryder 1-B to 3-G). Additional plate sets appear after each new issue of CNL. The proceeds from the sale of the color plates directly benefit the American Numismatic Society’s mission to catalogue and publish its colonial coin collection.
$30.00 + shipping.


CNL Cumulative Index (in PDF Format)

The CNL cumulative index is a detailed alphabetical key for all published issues. It consists of three sections: subject & author, illustrations, and a page/issue number conversion chart. The index is searchable by way of the software FIND command.