PCNS Program Videos Online
To further the educational goals of PCNS, we are recording our meeting programs on topics of interest. Once again, as we did at the 1915 PPIE…
San Francisco Welcomes The World!
New presentations are added at the top of this list as they become available, soon after each meeting. Presentations are hosted on the PCNS Channel at YouTube. Click directly on a video’s preview image in the list below to view the presentation.
Sheep Shearing Tokens in the United States
- Federico Castillo — August 25, 2021 — 63 mins.
- The job of shearing sheep is difficult and requires considerable skill. In the Americas, sheep shearers were typically paid by the number of sheep they sheared and/or the amount of wool produced, rather than the hours worked. This pay took the form of tokens, which were redeemed on payday. Federico presents an overview of the process and tokens issued in the West.
World War II Token Coinage of the Lodz/Litzmannstadt Ghetto
- Charlie Catlett — July 28, 2021 — 45 mins.
- Charlie Catlett discusses WWII ghetto money and tokens of Lodz Poland, along with some numismatic materials relating to WWII, and Prisoner of War camps around the world.
Storming the Capitol: The Birth of our Nation's First Official Currency
- Donald Kagin — June 23, 2021 — 35 mins.
- Dr. Donald Kagin explores US paper money issued during the War of 1812 — the first banknotes authorized by the government of the USA — to finanace the defense of the US Capitol against the British during the War of 1812. A close look at these rarely seen examples of early US paper money.
Women Personified as the Nation or as Liberty on Coins
- Deven Kane — May 26, 2021 — 62 mins.
- Deven Kane presents a roundup from ancient Greek and Roman times to the modern era with examples of coinage using images of women to personify Cities, Nations, and Liberty.. Rome, France, and the USA figure large in this group.
Close Trans-Pacific Commercial Embrace: San Francisco & Hawaii - 1876 to 1916
- Harold Tuchfeld — April 28, 2021 — 58 mins.
- Harold Tuchfeld outlines the personal, political, and business alliances between San Francisco interests (i.e. Spreckles) and the Kingdom of Hawaii in the late 1800s. He follows it through from the business deal to mint royal coins to the overthrown of the Hawaiian monarchy and the annexation of the islands by the USA.
So-Called Dollars and the William H. Warner & Bro. Company
- Robert A. Jesinger — Mar 24, 2021 — 71 mins.
- Bob Jesinger explains the "Philadephia style" of so-called dollars and other medals of the late 19th century. He also discusses the relationships between the local diesinkers and engravers of the US mint, and some previously unrecorded engravers' initials on the dollars themselves.
A Lie in a Medal:
Monte de las Cruces in 1810
The Most Controversial Medal of Mexico
- Ricardo de León Tallavas — Feb 24, 2021 — 65 mins.
- Guest speaker Ricardo de León Tallavas provides the history of a Mexican medal which records a famous victory which never happened, and the recently uncovered contemporary document which tells who, when, and where it was minted.
The Star Provision Co. Ltd. Bread Token
- Dean Neald — Jan. 27, 2021 — 34 mins.
- Long-time PCNS member Dean Neald provides the history and dating information for a Canadian Trade Token which was previously unrecord and unreported. At the time of this presentation, only the single piece he illustrates is known to have survived. Learn how he researched and dated this previously unknown token.
Coinage of the Plague Years
- Stephen Huston — Dec. 23, 2020 — 58 mins.
- For 2500 years, Plagues have had a serious impact on human society, including economies and coinage. From ancient Athens right on up to 2020, plagues and pandemics have taken their tolls on lives, trade and coinage around the world. This presentation examines them in order from the first historically-recorded plagues in Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, through The Black Death, Spanish Flu, and into the 21st Century.
Lingering Wisps of Blue Smoke: Santa Cruz, California Cigar Tokens
- Wiliam D. Hyder — Nov. 25, 2020 — 58 mins.
- The stories behind the Santa Cruz cigar tokens from those days when downtown backrooms were full of political deals, slot machines, and cigar smoke. How the tokens changed before, during, and after Prohibition, and why efforts to outlaw slot machine gambling were generally ineffective.
Gone to Pike's Peak: A Mountain of Numismatic Discovery
- Scott Safe — Oct. 28, 2020 — 48 mins.
- An overview of the private coinage, tokens, and mining relatied numismatic products which came out of the Pike's Peak region during the first century after the mountain's "official discovery" around 1806. Private Gold, Exonumia, Local Dollars, etc.
The Travels of the 1841 Lattice Cuban 2 Reales CM
- Federico Castillo — Sept. 30, 2020 — 46 mins.
- An examination of the Cuban Lattice countermarks on 2 Reales Spanish coins, including where they circulated or turned up with additional countermarks, including Costa Rica and San Francisco.
The Little Rock Nine
- Herb Miles — August 26, 2020 — 27 mins.
- The story of the integration of the largest public High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957, and the coins issued 50 years later to commemorate those historic events.
The Architectural Design of San Francisco's Second Mint
- Paul V. Turner — July 22, 2020 — 53 mins.
- Examination of the architectural design of San Francisco's historic second mint, The Granite Lady. A first look at previously unpublished original plans.
The Great Cornerstone Mystery
- Jason Macario — June 24, 2020 — 39 mins.
- The laying of the Second San Francisco Mint’s cornerstone in 1870, along with info on some rare-to-unique coins that were supposed to be stashed in its casket…if it can ever be found.
Big Trouble on Lower State Street: Santa Barbara, California
- William D. Hyder — May 27, 2020 — 51 mins.
- Saloon tokens and history of the lower State Street district of Santa Barbara, California, from the late 1800s to the 1930s. Special focus on The Lacey Saloon — the most notorious dive in the area. Riots and Arson and Drunks…Oh! My!
The Society thanks member Michael Wehner for recording these presentations during meetings and for preparing and posting the videos to the PCNS Channel.
We also thank each speaker for preparing a PCNS program and for agreeing to be recorded and published.