Coins from territory days (1860s) subject of talk

       Ever wonder about the currency that was used in pioneer days? A presentation titled “Pioneer Gold Coins of Colorado (1859-1861)” will be given at the monthly meeting of the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Monday, Nov. 14, starting at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Masonic Hall, 1130 Panorama Drive.

This fanciful image of Pikes Peak appeared on a 10-dollar coin minted in 1860.
Courtesy of Tom Hallenbeck and Bob DeWitt

       Admission is $15, which includes a casual, buffet style dinner. Reservations are requested in advance at 473-0330 or posse@dewittenterprises.com.
       The Posse is a history-oriented nonprofit organization that was formed in 1976. New members are welcome.
       The speaker will be Tom Hallenbeck, owner of Hallenbeck Coin Gallery and President of the American Numismatic Association. Using a PowerPoint program, he will display several of the coins - such as a $10 piece entitled “Pikes Peak Gold” - that were circulated by early miners and settlers throughout the Colorado Territory.
       “These are the kinds of coins we dream about finding when we're metal-detecting,” commented Posse spokesperson Bob DeWitt. If found, he said, they would be worth many thousands of dollars nowadays, but “I don't think a lot of them have survived.”

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