The collecting of international numismatic items (coins, currency and exonumia) can be a fun and interesting hobby. Anyone with a desire to learn of the history of civilizations and countries can learn what was considered to be so important that their money proudly displayed it. Others wish to learn or teach finer details of unique coins. Education and the sharing of knowledge is a primary focus of NI, with the scholarly NI Bulletin, the library and the publications. In addition, the semi-annual Bid Sale allows members to acquire items of interest or to sell excess numismatic items. This is done in a spirit of friendship with members who have similar interests.
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Numismatics International’s Coin Spotlight:
TOMBSTONE, AZ USA - Campbell & Hatch Saloon (-1881 - 1883-)
Peter Spooner, the author of "Arizona Trade Tokens - 2010" graciously allowed me to visit him in his Tucson shop in order to photograph a portion of his extensive collection of Arizona tokens. One notable, and particularly historic piece was this uniface token of the Campbell & Hatch Saloon in Tombstone AZ. Subsequent to the famous 'Gunfight at O.K. Corral' a series of events transpired that saw the shooting of several people that were involved in the O.K. Corral incident (October 26, 1881). One was the killing of Morgan Earp, brother of Wyatt, on March 18, 1882 while he was playing pool at the Campbell and Hatch Saloon and Billiard Parlor. This particular token has a couple of unusual features that set it apart from other Wild West tokens. As mentioned, this token is uniface, it has an incuse stamping, and while most saloon drink tokens are denominated as 12 ½ ¢ for one drink, this token has GOOD FOR A DRINK followed by 25¢. You can see a large series of other tokens from Tombstone Arizona by visiting the post for this token at the Moneta Museum. The token is listed in Spooner as TOM-105 and the rarity is listed as R9 with only about 3 - 6 known. A similar token sold recently for over $8500. The link above will lead to others detailing the sale and historical details of the 'Gunfight at O.K. Corral.'
The NI Bulletin:
The November/December 2018 edition of the NI Bulletin is now available on this website for members to download. The November/December 2018 NI Bulletin includes the following articles:
- Illegal "Protestant" French Coinage Struck at La Rochelle, by Arnaud Clairand and Robert Ronus
- A "Salzburg" Coin for Illiterates, by Robert Ronus
- British Countermarks on French Silver Coins, By Eric C. Hodge
- Santa Fe Eight Reales 1662 PoRS, Waldo Newcomer Collection, by Herman Blanton
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