Coinage of the American Confederation Period

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(Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 11, 1996)

edited by Philip L. Mossman

Hardcover, 346 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-263-1
ISBN-10: 0-89722-263-6
Price: US$25.00 (no Member discount)

This volume contains papers drawn from the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1995.

Contents:

The American Confederation: The Times and Its Money (Philip L. Mossman)

The English George III Contemporary Counterfeit Halfpenny: A Statistical Study of Production and Distribution (Charles W. Smith)

The Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward: A “Missing Link” in the Export of British and Irish Halfpence (John M. Kleeberg)

New Thoughts on the Nova Constellatio Private Copper Coinage (Eric P. Newman)

Vermont Coppers: Coinage of an Independent Republic (Pete Smith)

The So-Called Atlee Broken “A” Letter Punch (John Lorenzo)

Coinage During the Confederation: Two Near Misses for Matthew Boulton (Richard G. Doty)

Coinage Featuring George Washington (George Fuld)

Medals of the Comitia Americana Series in the Collections of the American Numismatic Society and Other Public Institutions (Alan M. Stahl)

The Coinage of The Americas Conference is an annual meeting that provides a forum for exchange of knowledge on a selected theme in the numismatics of the western hemisphere.

Circulating Counterfeits of the Americas

(Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 14, 2000)

edited by John M. Kleeberg

Hardcover, 227 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-279-2
ISBN-10: 0-89722-279-2

Regular Price: US$35.00
Member Price: US$24.50

(Only available for purchase through the ANS.)

This volume is a record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1998.

Contents:

Imported and Domestic Counterfeit Copper Coins in Pre-Federal America (Philip L. Mossman and Charles W. Smith)

Counterfeiting of the Bolivian Four Soles Coins of 1830 (Horace Flatt)

NLG, Circulating Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars, 1807–1839 (Keith Davignon and Bradley S. Karoleff)

Counterfeit 2 Reales of the Bust Type: Charles III, Charles IV, Ferdinand VII, 1771–1821 A Survey and Die Study (John M. Kleeberg)

The Counterfeit Spanish Two Reales: Canadian Blacksmiths or North American Tokens (John P. Lorenzo)

Adding Insult to Injury: Altered Notes of the Southern Bank of Georgia (Richard G. Doty)

Nineteenth-Century Counterfeit Detection Devices (Emmett McDonald)

Appendix 1: A Counterfeit’s Arrest Proves the Circulation of Massachusetts Silver Shillings as Late as 1784 (Eric P. Newman)

Appendix 2: Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Counterfeit Half Dollars in the ANS Collection (John M. Kleeberg)

The Coinage of the Americas Conference is an annual meeting that provides a forum for exchange of knowledge on a selected theme in the numismatics of the western hemisphere.


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From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies in Colonial and Pre-Federal America

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(Numismatic Studies 27, 2012)

by Philip L. Mossman

Hardcover: 304 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-327-0
Price: $49.98 (no Member discount)
Limited number of signed copies: see below

Ever since coinage was developed in ancient Lydia, an element of society has sought to debase the coin of the realm for personal gain not only by counterfeiting, but also by shaving away precious metal. Currency debasement was not confined to the proletariat since throughout history various monarchs increased their royal revenues, or seigniorage, by reducing the quality of the coins’ specie content or its weight standard. The current text follows closely the course of royal English copper coinages whose high potential profit made them an ideal prey for counterfeiters. These forgeries flowed freely into the colonies where they overwhelmed, and eventually collapsed, the small change medium but not before various states sought to correct the evil of this imported copper trash.

Great attention is paid to Great Britain’s mercantilistic policies which shaped the character of the currency in the North American colonies where chronic hard money shortages encouraged counterfeit coinages of all stripes whose actual manufacture and circulation is examined in great detail. Colonists further sought to expand their monetary pool by printing bills of credit to meet the exigencies of the French and Indian Wars. This new paper currency likewise became the target for forgery and a battle royal ensued between the colonial treasurers and bands of counterfeiters as they competed to outsmart each other. But as “the weed of crime bears bitter fruit,” many counterfeiters were apprehended and punished for their evil deeds.

Contents:

Chapter One: The Landscape of Counterfeit Money
Chapter Two: Pre-1700 Counterfeiting
Chapter Three: Who’s Who in Counterfeiting
Chapter Four: “Counterfeiting 101”
Chapter Five: English Copper Coinages
Chapter Six: State Coppers to the Rescue
Chapter Seven: Genuine Paper Money
Chapter Eight: Altered Paper Money
Chapter Nine: Counterfeit Paper Money
Chapter Ten: Laws and Penalties

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