This statue in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon, was commissioned by the Committee of Portland Women for the Lewis & Clark Centennial Expo in 1905. It was unveiled on July 6, 1905, in the center of the expo plaza. Suffragist Susan B. Anthony attended. Sculpted by American Alice Cooper.
The ANA Money Show is coming to Portland in a few weeks. Come one, come all. I’ll be displaying a small exhibit on Lewis and Clark tokens from 1905. Also watch out for short snorter notes circulating in the Portland money supply.
The American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show is coming to Portland in March 2015. It should be a great show. Check it out!
The PNNA Spring coin show will be held on May 2 to May 4. I won’t be attending this year, but I have in the past. It’s a good show, although a long drive from Portland.
This encased postage stamp token was used during the American Civil War. American entrepreneur John Gault created these tokens and sold them for $0.02 each over the price of the postage stamp, with the buyer’s advertisement on the reverse. During the war, the federal government printed paper currency to help finance the war effort. People did not trust the printed currency and hoarded coinage, including copper cents. This produced a shortage of copper coinage for day-to-day transactions.
People started using postage stamps for small transactions, but the stamps did not withstand the rigors of daily commerce. Gault designed these tokens with mica covering the stamp to protect them for regular trade. Perhaps as many 750,000 pieces were made and sold, but only around 5,000 survive today.
The 1909 Lincoln cent attached to the Curiosity on Mars has fared well, but I suspect the environmental damage will diminish it’s collectible value. (Actually if the cent ever made it back to Earth–it won’t–it would be worth a fortune!)
The PNNA and Willamette Coin Club held their annual fall coin show this weekend. It seemed well attended on Saturday. I put together a display on the Coinage of the British Mandate of Palestine. I enjoyed putting the exhibit together, but didn’t win any prizes for it. Here’s a photo of the display:
The ANA’s traveling road show displayed a famous 1913 Liberty Head nickel and a few error coins at the show. This nickel is a worth a couple of million dollars.
The PNNA’s Fall 2013 convention will be held in Portland on October 5 & 6 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel. The national ANA will exhibit the McDermott/Bebee 1913 Liberty Head “V” Nickel and a collection of famous errors.
I will also be showing my first exhibit at the show on coins from the British Mandate of Palestine. I have a type set collection of coins from this period. I will post photos after the show.
For more information about the show, see this web site: http://www.pnna.org/convention/convention_fall.html.