David Cassel

UNITED STATES PATTERN POSTAGE CURRENCY COINS by David Cassel, Numismatic Researcher, Cataloger, Author, and Collector.

My research has led to many discoveries that I have revealed for the first time regarding these historic coins and the method in which they were manufactured. I have disproved many Judd classifications and have added some new classifications. I have scientifically tested 56 individual coins within this series by scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive x-ray. You won't believe what I have found! One-third of the 56 slabbed coins that I tested were incorrectly attributed by the grading services. I place the criticism on the inaccuracies and vagaries of the Judd numbering system and / or the failure to adequately test, notwithstanding the high cost of testing, on the attributer.

I chart all the varieties and offer a concordance to reveal where the similarities and / or the dissimilarities of cataloging occur.

I microscopically sequence and picture the unique dies cracks progressions. This has led to the discovery, among many other things, that the coins dated 1868 were actually struck in 1863!

I have chronologically sequenced in 41 pages, 576 auction catalog entries from 1864 to 2000 and show many provenances through a numerical identification system for each of the 576 entries and each divided into its own group by type.

The Glossary that I authored for USPATTERNS.COM is included and is expanded in areas that more closely align with the Postage Currency coins.

Postage Currency coins are related in many ways to Postage Currency and Fractional Currency Notes. The Mint's misinterpreting that Congress had authorized Postage Currency notes, not coins, mistakenly led to the first Federal token coinage, Postage Currency coins.

Douglas Winter and Coin World have given me the right to reprint in its entirety, a three part series that appeared in Coin World in 1985. If you have any interest in the history of numismatics during the Civil War years, then you will not want to miss what Doug and I have presented in 43 pages.


Researcher's email: David Cassel<DavCassel@aol.com>

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