Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists PAN eNews for May 2018

Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists
Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) ……

PAN Spring Coin Show Issue

One of the 10 very rare 1933 Gold Double Eagle coins will be displayed for a limited time during the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) Spring Coin Show. Special arrangements have been made to bring this rarity from Fort Knox where the confiscated coins are stored to the PAN coin show.

U.S. Mint Senior Legal Counsel Greg Weinman will present two lectures about the circumstances surrounding these coins. The first lecture about the rare St. Gaudens $20 gold pieces will take place on Thursday, May 10 at the PAN dinner banquet to be held at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. This dinner is open to everyone. Reservations and meal selection purchases can be made online through the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists website homepage Look for the purchase dinner button.

The second lecture and display of the coin will be Friday, May 11 at the PAN Coin Show from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Greg Weinman’s lecture will start at 10:30am. The 1933 gold coin will not be at the coin show on Saturday.

About Greg Weinman

Greg Weinman is Senior Legal Counsel at the United States Mint. In this role he serves as counsel to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (the CCAC) and the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. Greg has served as the senior counsel responsible for managing the 1933 Double Eagle litigation. Before coming on board with the United States Mint in 1997, Greg served six years as a Senior Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specializing in public contracts and licensing. Between 1999 and 2000 Greg served the United States Mint as the Program Manager responsible for the development and launch of the Golden Dollar. Greg is a native of Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1988, and briefly taught high school social studies before earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo in 1991. Greg is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Ohio.

The Strange Case of the 1933 Double Eagles

In March 1933, as one of the many measures designed to reverse the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation prohibiting payment of gold coin. This resulted in the melting of 445,500 1933-dated (but never issued) $20 Double Eagle gold coins previously struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The only specimens to leave the Mint lawfully were two 1933 Double Eagles given to the Smithsonian Institution in 1934 for preservation in the National Numismatic Collection.

After a 1933 Double Eagle appeared at auction in 1944, a Secret Service investigation led to the recovery of nine stolen pieces that also were subsequently melted. A tenth piece was recovered in 1996, with that case ending in a unique settlement under which that single coin was monetized and issued by the United States Mint and sold at auction in 2002 for $7.6 million. Ten more specimens surfaced in 2004, this time in the possession of the family of the Philadelphia jeweler who had facilitated the distribution of the stolen Double Eagles in the 1930s. Litigation ensued.

Mint Senior Legal Counsel Greg Weinman will discuss and answer questions about the extraordinary and intriguing case of the 1933 Double Eagles, the history, the litigation, and the Mint plans for the preservation and display of these historic national treasures.

American Buffalo Gold Release Date Thursday, May 10

The American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin is the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever struck by the U.S. Mint and is the collector version of the official United States Mint American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin.

Containing one ounce of .9999 fine 24-karat gold, these lustrous coins are among the world’s purest gold coins. Each coin is presented in an elegant hardwood box with a matte finish and a leather-like inset. It is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and will be a beautiful and treasured addition to your collection.

Dealer Info

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Spring Bourse floor is sold out. We have a waiting list. Call our bourse chairman Blaine Shiff at (412) 531-4100 to be placed on it. We had one cancellation and were able to place a waiting dealer.

Set-up days are Wednesday, May 9 at 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Set-up continues on Thursday from 8:00am to 12:00 noon when the floor opens to the public. We will have our 5:00pm snack and beverage table. It is not an all-you-can-eat buffet and is limited. We offer this as a little something to hold you over until you can get dinner. Many dealers travel a great distance and a quick bite after a long journey is appreciated.

We have a number of first time PAN dealers participating this time. We welcome them and are making every effort to make check in and set up smooth and easy.

The Monroeville Convention Center concession stand will not offer the free refill coffee deal as in the past. They have increased their selection of menu items.

There are no scheduled events in the adjoining hall. Access and parking should be good. Please unload and move your vehicle quickly from the dock area. Everyone wants to get in and get set up smoothly and quickly and it is a common courtesy to not let your car sit on the dock for an unreasonable length of time.

Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists requires dealers and table helpers to be members of PAN. Table helpers can join for the small amount of $5. We are questioned periodically about this requirement and we offer this explanation:

We understand that this issue seems petty and that the $5 associate dues can be considered just another annoyance and a tactic to fill the PAN coffers.

The answer is, through the course of hosting Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists coin shows since the early 1980s, all sorts of problems or situations have come up over the years. Occasionally a dispute between a buyer and seller occurs. Sometimes the dispute escalates to the point of requiring security to remove a person from the show floor. The person asked to leave objects on the basis of his membership in PAN. We have heard the argument that a given dealer or helper is not a PAN member and should be removed instead. It is our policy to have every dealer and helper as part of our membership. You, as a dealer, are now invested and partnered with what PAN does. You are part of the organization that is providing the venue and as such, are in a better position when we have to mediate a dispute. Granted, it is rare, but it has happened. Thanks for your understanding.

PAN Fall Coin Show Update

Unforeseen issues that will affect the PAN Fall Coin Show concerns the Whitman Baltimore show.

Both shows fall on the same date, October 25 – 27, 2018. PAN has tried to move to another October/November weekend. The Monroeville Convention Center has nothing available for the five days needed to put on our coin show. The PAN Board has decided to stay with our scheduled date. Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists publishes its show dates five years in advance. We will likely loose some dealers. The good news is that we anticipate no significant drop in attendance. Those dealers that do attend the PAN show will benefit from the usual public participation. We have additional plans to make our fall event more attractive and are confident in having another great show.

Mr. Lincoln to Visit PAN Spring Coin Show

Dennis Boggs, Abraham Lincoln
Dennis Boggs, Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln impersonator Dennis Boggs will present his “Meet Mr. Lincoln” lecture at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Spring Coin Show to be held on May 10 – 12. Mr. Lincoln’s orations, in full period attire, will occur on Friday, May 11 at 1:00pm and Saturday at 12:30pm at the South Hall Lecture Area of the Monroeville Convention Center. He will spend the remaining portion of the two days mingling with the coin show attendees, answering questions and posing for photos. Mr. Lincoln will also appear at the Central Christian Academy, Houston, PA on Thursday afternoon, May 10 to present a children’s program. He will give a lecture on Friday evening 7:00pm at the Citizens Library, 55 South College St., in Washington, PA with the Washington County Historical Society. The coin show and library presentations are free and open to the public.

Dennis Boggs puts forward an enlightening, informative, and educational look at the life of the 16th President as Abraham Lincoln himself might have told it. From Lincoln’s birth in the wilderness of Kentucky to his early years in Indiana and Illinois… from storekeeper to self-taught lawyer and politician… through his years as president during the Civil War and his death at the hands of an assassin in Ford’s Theater.

More about Dennis Boggs as Mr. Lincoln

For 17 years now and averaging over 250 performances a year, Dennis Boggs is now a fulltime Lincoln Presenter from Nashville, Tennessee who travels from coast to coast, presenting President Lincoln for schools, colleges and universities, civic groups, museums, Chautauqua events, library programs, Civil War roundtables, storytelling festivals, motivational speaking programs, churches, as well as many other special events and venues, including several Chapters of the Colonial Dames in Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida. He has also been asked to speak to The Children of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also The Sons of the American Revolution, as well as for several Chautauqua events, including the Two Rivers Chautauqua in Grand Junction, Colorado; the Natural State Chautauqua in El Dorado, Arkansas; and the Keene Chautauqua in Keene, New Hampshire. Mr. Boggs is also asked to speak on numerous occasions, including the ‘Gettysburg programs’ at Lincoln Memorial University.

Many of his other credits include 2 documentaries for the History Channel: Being Lincoln and Looking for Lincoln. He has also presented President Lincoln for many programs with the United States National Park Service including the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (Flat Rock, North Carolina), the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (Plains, Georgia), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Middlesboro, Kentucky), the Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus (Columbus, Georgia), Stones River Battlefield (Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, Mississippi), and the Andersonville National Historic Site (Andersonville, Georgia). He has also presented President Lincoln for the Association of Shortline Railroads in Orlando, Florida, as well as the 150th Anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad in San Antonio, Texas, and also for a historical event for the Iowa Interstate Railroad.

Mr. Boggs has also presented President Lincoln at numerous living history events as well as several national Civil War reenactments including the 140th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Franklin (Franklin, Tennessee) and The 145th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Chickamauga (Chickamauga, Georgia) with the latter being attended by Vice-President Dick Cheney as the keynote speaker. He has presented programs for the Washington, D.C. Historical Society and was also awarded “First Place” in the National Abraham Lincoln Look Alike & Oratorical Competition (Decatur, Illinois), and Mr. Boggs has even had the honor and privilege of presenting President Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Briot and Charles I

By E. Tomlinson Fort ……

Nicholas Briot and the Image of Charles I at the Edinburgh Mint

The Royal Academy of Art in London recently held a major exhibition of the works of art from the collection of Charles I, King of Scotland, England and Ireland from 1625 until his execution in 1649. While the consensus among historians is that Charles was a poor politician who led his kingdoms into a civil war, which eventually destroyed both his regime and himself; among art historians and connoisseurs he is considered to have amassed the finest art collection of any ruler in European history.

King Charles I

After the king’s execution in 1649 the entire collection was sold off by the new republican government in an attempt to pay some of their massive debts. Sadly for the parliamentarians, this sudden dump of art treasures onto the European market meant that they received only a small fraction of the art’s true value. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Charles II and his successors made every attempt to buy back as much as possible from the late king’s collection but many masterpieces were destined to remain abroad. The Royal Academy brought back most of King Charles’ collection together for the first time since his death; the exhibition ran in London until April 15.

Charles’ interest in art also extended to the coins and medals produced during his reign. He is known to have visited the Royal Mint in the Tower of London on at least two occasions. The king was careful about how he was portrayed on all numismatic objects. His favorite engraver was Nicholas Briot (c.1579-1646), who had begun his career as a medalist in France where he also developed a mechanized means of producing coins.

In 1625 Briot emigrated to England. In London, his work and machinery impressed King Charles. From that date he produced a series of medals commemorating the king and his activities. Briot was appointed chief engraver at the London mint in 1633. His ideas of using new technology to produce coinage did not make him popular at the mint since many employees feared that the new mechanical means of coining would cost jobs.

In 1635 King Charles selected Briot to be the new master of the mint in Edinburgh. He was not welcome in Scotland. Many Scots were unhappy with the idea of a foreigner taking over the mint’s administration and engraving duties. Likewise, the Scottish mint employees had the same fears of the new technology as their counterparts in London. Nevertheless, from 1635 to 1637 Briot began a major reform of the Scottish coinage that reintroduced and improved the quality of a number of denominations in gold and silver. The Scottish coinage must have pleased King Charles, since in 1637 Briot was summoned back to London and placed in charge of the mint at London. A much more lucrative job.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, Briot was succeeded as mint master by his son-in-law John Falconer. Charles’ Scottish monetary reform never had time to succeed since years of poor political decisions, coupled with an attempt to impose a new prayer book on the Scots in 1637, lead to a series of riots and rebellions throughout the kingdom. This Scottish revolt was the beginning of the civil wars that would lead to his destruction.

Further Reading:

  • J.D. Bateson and N.M.McQ. Holmes, Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, vol. 70: National Museum of Scotland. Scottish Coins and Dies 1603-1709 (London, 2017).
  • J. Brotton, The Sale of the Late King’s Goods: Charles I and his Art Collection (London, 2006).
  • E. Burns, The Coinage of Scotland, 3 vols. (Edinburgh, 1887).
  • R.W. Cochran-Patrick, Records of the Coinage of Scotland, 2 vols. (Edinburgh, 1876).
  • F. Haskell, The King’s Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and his Courtiers (New
    Haven, 2013).
  • M. Jones, French Medals 1600-1672. A Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, vol. 2 (London. 1988).
  • M. Lee, The Road to Revolution: Scotland under Charles I, 1625-37 (Chicago, 1985).
  • J.K.R. Murray, ‘The Scottish gold and silver coinages of Charles I,’ British Numismatic Journal 39 (1970), pp. 111-144.
  • D. Shawe-Taylor and P. Rumber (eds.), Charles I. King and Collector (London, 2018).
  • R.B.K. Stevenson, ‘The “Stirling” turners of Charles I 1632-9,’ British Numismatic Journal 29 (1956-1959), pp. 128-151.

Tom Fort is a Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists board member, ANS Fellow, and numismatic researcher specializing in medieval coinage.

Call for Nominations

This is an election year for Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists. We are calling for 2018 nominations. Some of our current Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists officers have expressed the desire to serve another term. If you would like to run for one of the officer positions you will need to submit a letter of intent along with a nominating letter from a PAN member.

Expectations: Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists officers are also board members. They are expected to support PAN through monetary donations or in-kind volunteerism at PAN events. They are expected to attend or phone in during meetings. They are expected to fully participate in fund raising projects. Those interested in winning “title only” positions are encouraged not to run. PAN growth is consummate with active engagement of the elected officers.

Nominations will close and must be received by July 1st 2018. A numbered ballot will be mailed to current members.

PAN Legal Counsel Benjamin Costello will oversee and monitor the 2018 PAN Election. Your 2018 dues will need to be paid in order to receive a ballot. The installation of officers will occur at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Fall Coin Show banquet. Emails or letters of support for our current officers would also be welcome.

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About PAN

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1978 consisting of individuals and coin clubs throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. A life member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), PAN is dedicated to promoting the hobby of coin collecting through coin shows, lectures, seminars, a published journal, and an electronic newsletter. Our primary focus is learning about art, history, and world cultures through coinage, medals, and paper money. Go to for more information, or visit us at

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