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John Howard, Corazon Aquino, and Beehives added to Korver’s NumiStorica.com for Coin Clubs

January 29, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

29 January 2016

 NumiStorica.com Press Release, for immediate release

John Howard, Corazon Aquino, and Beehives added to Korver’s NumiStorica.com for Coin Clubs

“When I created NumiStorica.com to provide free entertainment and education for coin clubs and advanced numismatists, I expected to cover a wide range of topics — and that is fairly evident in the most recent three postings” noted numismatic story-teller Bob Korver.

“Because of the superb images, these files are BIG. On the website, the new shows are broken into smaller “PDF” files for posting, but anyone — or any club — who contacts me can obtain a disk with complete versions (in one piece!): a QuickTime movie, a complete PDF version, original Apple Keynote versions, and a PowerPoint version. Computer compatibility for viewing and showing should not be a problem with this selection on the CDs.”

JOHN HOWARD (1726-1790) Life Extraordinaire” (25 minutes) starts with a simple question which, unfortunately, is never answered to my satisfaction: what is the vignette of a English humanitarian focused on prison reform doing on a note of a Boston bank more than half a century later? An Englishman, I might add, who never visited America, although he toured all of Europe (and east through Russia) investigating prisons and plague houses. And a man so focused on his humanitarian efforts that he let his own finances deteriorate! Based on other evidence from a century later, I argue a certain connection with banking; I just don’t have a clue what that connection is. Perhaps viewers can explain it?

CORAZON AQUINO (1933-2009); A Peek Behind The Curtain of the 1986 Aquino-Reagan Coins” (15 minutes) For a very short time, I worked at the Franklin Mint. The highlight of that peculiar experience was being part of the team that produced the 1986 Philippine coins commemorating the historic first meeting between President Aquino and President Reagan. The silver and gold paired issues were produced in record time by a team of craftsmen who had very little motivation except pride of workmanship.

 “BEEHIVES” (12 minutes) Mention beehives to any intermediate numismatist, and you will probably get the immediate response: “Mormon Gold”.  True enough, but our eons of relationship with the bee — and the free housing we provide, the beehive — has produced varied numismatic evidence through time and around the world. Not surprisingly, every artist has had to grapple with the identical problem of scale (relatively speaking, hives are large, and bees are very small). Their depiction may be an apt metaphor; It’s their influence on humanity that’s large!

The NumiStorica.com website won the coveted “Best Non-Commercial Website of 2015” award from the Numismatic Literary Guild at the Chicago ANA, with only the first three presententations; now there are ten, with dozens more planned. 

The presentations were created in Apple Keynote as ‘slide’ shows. On the NumiStorica.com website, they are posted as .pdf files due to technical size issues. Coin clubs who wish to use them as their educational entertainment should email Korver at r.b.korver@NumiStorica.com AND telephone 214-244-5478. Disks containing many versions have been created (including QuickTime movies) and can be provided, or a link to the Keynote version on iCloud.com. Korver has volunteered to ‘phone in’ to meetings for questions and discussions.

Bob Korver can be contacted at r.b.korver@NumiStorica.com or 214-244-5478 for more details and notifications of upcoming additions to the website.

Title page images can be downloaded from www.NumiStorica.com, or contact me for a file listing all 10 presentations, with short descriptions and images (plus some of  upcoming titles).

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