The Planchet Podcast Discusses Colonial Coinage with Chris McDowell

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has released the ninth episode of this seasons The Planchet podcast, featuring an in-depth discussion with Chris McDowell on colonial coinage and medals.

Christopher R. McDowell is a lifelong numismatist and recognized expert in the area of colonial coinage and medals. He is the author of Abel Buell and the History of the Connecticut and Fugio Coinages along with several award-winning articles on American colonial coins and medals. An ANS Fellow, Chris is also the editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics. A graduate of Marshall University and West Virginia University College of Law, Chris served as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and was stationed in Korea, Germany, Bosnia, and Kansas. He currently practices law in Cincinnati, Ohio. His newest book is titled The Early Betts Medal Companion: Medals of America’s Discovery and Colonization (1492–1737) published by the American Numismatic Society in 2022. The idea for the book grew from Chris’ interest in Charles Wyllys Betts and American colonial history and medals. In this episode we talk about Betts medals and their eponymous collector, how Chris got his start in the hobby, and his favorite numismatic colonial crime.

The interview and discussion with Chris McDowell is approximately 44 minutes.

The American Numismatic Society launched The Planchet in 2020 and it is available to the public. It does not require a membership to the ANS to enjoy. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ANS, you can check out the details here

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Editors Note: Clinton, the Editor and Owner of USCoinNews, is a member of the American Numismatic Society.

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