Category Archives: Numismatics

A Pewter Linden amid Pine and Palm

I wrote this originally in March, 2015– it had been my intention to post it after talking to Dick, to make sure he was OK with what I’d said. As some of you will know, he died just after his … Continue reading

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The Belle on the Bill

In today’s New York Times, Gail Collins has an op-ed piece about the online movement to replace Andrew Jackson with a famous American woman on the twenty-dollar bill –the comment thread is long and lively, and from what I can … Continue reading

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The Coin in the Fish’s Mouth

In yesterday’s Baccalaureate address at Sewanee, philanthropist Florence Day  encouraged graduates to “think big but work small,” and suggested that the University itself could do something about local hunger by opening a tilapia farm on the Domain.  She noted that … Continue reading

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One Piece of Silver

A Tyrian shekel from the James H. Rives Collection of Coins in the Archives of the University of the South.  Silver coins of this type, minted between 125 and 18 BC, were used to pay the Temple tax in Jerusalem … Continue reading

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Penny with Counterstamp

Found today in some change: a 1980 Canadian penny with a Mason’s “Square and Compasses” stamp on it, pictured to the right. What can it mean? Have I stumbled onto some bit of DaVinci Code arcana?  Alas, my penny seems … Continue reading

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Considering Caesar

To consider is, according to a likely etymology, “to observe the stars.”  Today is the Ides of March, and tonight Comet PANSTARRS can be seen in the sky.  It’s a good time to consider Caesar, I guess. The fault, dear Brutus, … Continue reading

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Behind the Times in Sewanee

This past Sunday morning, I went up into Breslin Tower here in Sewanee to watch the clock being re-set for Daylight Savings Time. Keith Henley, who has been overseeing the clock for the past two years and seems to know … Continue reading

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