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CONFEDERATE NOTES disployed of the ouc tion ore discussed by Mr. and Mrs. Brent H.
Hughes, 2000 Thirty-seventh street S.E., both of whom are members of the society. |B \' -jm J w . * ... . X • -» -~«4K ■kJB dyf 4%, Bl MHk bbKT jnBKl. ~* r , ■ iB HP. mBSBu^M ill &. jig jf h '^Byh PRESIDENTS and an ex-president of numismatic groups talk over the coin market during the auction. With Mr. Russell are Eldridge G. Jones (left), former president of the Washington Numismatic Society and now its secretary-treasuter, and Joseph French Maley, Alexandria, president of the Middle Atlantic Numismatic Association. head pennies, to Abraham Hepner. 17 Momingside drive, Alexandria, who has collected coins for a half century and operated a coin shop for 10 years before his retirement in 1952. Recently the society held Its annual auction, at which members bought coins from each other to increase the collections in which they were particularly interested. Among the sales of out standing interest was a Mas sachusetts cent of 1788, bought for $2 by Dr. Paul Szego. This coin was issued by a small mint set up by Massachusetts five years be fore the establishment of the United States Mint in 1793. The Massachusetts cents and half-cents struck in 1787 and 1788 were the first official coins to bear a stated value in terms of decimal parts of the dollar unit in this coun try. The cent represented a hundredth part of a Spanish dollar. Mr. Russell explains that this coin illustrates that age has little to do with value. While it is in excellent con dition, the coin sold for a small amount because of the number available. Also sold was a Liberty head silver dollar of 1903 from the New Orleans Mint, which brought S2O. This is probably the rarest of this type of coin and, when in bright condition, as it came from the mint, is catalogued for $250. How ever, the coin sold at the auc tion had been in circulation, was worn on the high points, and therefore brought much less. Many familiar phrases go back to early United States currency. For example, there are specimens of currency issued by the Continental Congress at the time of the Revolutionary War. Notes valued at $350 million “died” • in the hands of the American people. Thus originated the phrase, “Not worth a conti nental.” Collectors also have found that the motto, “In God we trust,” first appeared on a United States coin, a 2-cent piece, in 1864. Previously, money had borne practical and commonplace slogans, such as “Mind Your Busi ness” on the Fugio cent, first coin issued by authority of the United States. A Pennsylvania minister proposed the theme, “God, Liberty, Law,” during the Civil War. Salmon P. Chase, then Secretary of the Treas ury, acknowledged the clergy man’s letter and, within a week, sent a note to the di rector of the mint in Phila delphia, saying: “The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.” Diamond .85 I l Carats Set Platinum (I with Large Tapered U A Baguette V Price lAcledes I A Federal Tex V Just one of o fine selection of Emerald-cut A Diamonds ranging in prices from $350 to $7,000 ( CHARGE ACCOUNTS INVITED , i You Don't / Know TB Diamonds, I 0 Know Veer I - * ’ * \»HMjBWwl)' I-—— mi . wH/r' ... t Here’s prune juice that's naturally better tasting, naturally good for you. You get the full, rich flavor of the fruit itself— yet it’s never too thick, never too sweet. Compare Del Monte Brand Prune Juice for true prune flavor and f j 'v bouquet. You'll enjoy it more. } 0°" 4 > _ ~. . vaiy ■ Del Monte IN A N O Prune Juice THE WASHINGTON STAR PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, APRIL 19, 1933—1 PAGE 5