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~ PAWCATUCK VALLEY COIN CLUB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ~
Celebrating 56 years in the numismatic hobby!
2018 DUES ARE DUE!!
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “PAWCATUCK VALLEY COIN CLUB” AND MAIL CHECKS TO: BILL JACOBIK, 4 Gooseberry Lane, Niantic CT 06357
SPEAKERS: Due to illness Woody Carland’s talk will happen at the March meeting.
Our “abbreviated meeting” in January (due to the bathrooms being out of order) still had almost 30 people attending. The weather can’t keep we hardy New England Numismatists down, it seems!
Thomas P. Rockwell Lecture on Tuesday April 24, 2018.
An open Invitation!
Once a year the Boston Numismatic Society, the Collectors Club of Boston and the Currency Club of New England jointly sponsor a lecture by a leading New England numismatist to present on a topic of numismatic interest and open to anyone who would like to attend. This is promoted as both an educational and social event with refreshments available before and after the program. We are inviting numismatists from the New England region and beyond to join us for this event. The program will be held at Trinity Church 730 Main St Waltham, Massachusetts. The program will commence at 7:30pm. There should be sufficient on street parking and across the street at the Waltham Library (after 6 PM). For further information please contact William Harkins at 781-938-8167.
This year we are fortunate to have two notable New England numismatists giving presentations. Robert Moffatt a well-known token, medal and ephemera dealer in the New England area will present on the subject: “Charles Lang and Son, Diesinkers and Medalists, Worcester, Massachusetts” and Neil Musante, author of Medallic Washington, an exceptionally well done two volume work, will present on: “Francis Nalder Mitchell a 19th Century Boston Die Sinker” who was responsible for the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association (Paul Revere was one of the founders) Medals.
Huge Trove of Medieval Gold and Silver Coins Unearthed in France
The Cluny Abbey hoard was found by a team of archaeologists and students from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and CNRS. In total, the treasure trove includes:
- 21 Islamic gold dinars struck between 1121 and 1131 in Spain and Morocco, under the reign of Ali ibn Yusuf (1106-1143)
- More than 2,200 silver deniers and oboles — mostly minted by the Abbey of Cluny and probably dating to the first half of the 12th century — in a cloth bag, traces of which remain on some of the coins
- A tanned hide bundle, found among the silver coins, fastened with a knot, and enclosing; A gold signet ring with a red intaglio depicting the bust of a god and an inscription possibly dating the ring back to the first half of the 12th century
- A folded sheet of gold foil weighing 24 g and stored in a case
- A small circular object made of gold.
“We’re currently studying the treasure in more detail to identify and date the various pieces with greater precision,” the archaeologists said. This is an exceptional find for a monastic setting and especially that of Cluny, which was founded by William I, Duke of Aquitaine, in 910 and was one of the largest abbeys of Western Europe during the Middle Ages. “At that time, Western currency was mostly dominated by silver deniers. Gold coins were reserved for rare transactions,” the scientists said. “The 2,200 or so silver deniers, struck at Cluny or nearby, would have been for everyday purchases. This is the largest stash of such coins ever found.” “The fact that Arab currency, silver deniers, and a signet ring were enclosed together makes this discovery all the more interesting.”
MEMORIALS, SICKNESS AND DISTRESS:
Sadly I must report the death of Bill Jacobik’s (#800) cousin, Stephen Jacobik in December. On behalf of the Club I extend our sympathy for his loss.
AUBURN, MA: 11th February Elks Lodge, 754 South Bridge Street (Route 12) 46 Tables. Free Admission. 978- 658-0160
DEDHAM MA: 4th February Holiday Inn, I-95 exit 15A, Dedham MA. 29 tables, free admission. 603-978-3459
HARTFORD CT: 18th February Courtyard Marriott, 4 Sebethe Dr. Cromwell CT. 718-323-1930 or stassinsJ98@aol.com
NASHUA NH: 18th February Holiday Inn 9 Northeastern Blvd Nashua NH 03060 49 tables free admission 978-658-0160
DEVINS, MA: 25th February Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens MA, $1 Admission 978-658-0160
BLACKSTONE VALLEY, MA: 21st February VFW Post 1385, 16 Cross Street Route 16, Uxbridge MA Terrance O’Connor 508-400- 7454
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