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Big, Bold and Beautiful Royal Arch Mason (RAM) Pennies and the American Numismatic Association (ANA)
Masonry is an ancient and storied institution shrouded in mystery and secrets.
Starting around 1890, when a Mason achieved the rank of Fourth Degree, their
Royal Arch Mason Chapter presented them with an earned “Mark Penny”. This
Mark Penny usually detailed Chapter information and provided space for the
individual to engrave their personal “Mark”. These pennies were highly cherished
and often kept on the person as pocket pieces and buried with the owner. Many
of these tokens started out as fairly drab affairs without much numismatic
interest. Dr. B.P. Wright, the ANA’s fifth president (1902-1905), started a
movement to incorporate more detailed visual imagery chapter symbology in the
This talk will feature several of the beautiful coins that Wright and ANA inspired.
99% of numismatists have never seen Big, Bold, Beautifully engraved Masonic
Presenter: Tom Carson

Sep 29, 2021 04:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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