Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus
Shown here is a medal from 1859, issued by New York City jeweler and coin dealer John K. Curtis as a compliment to John Allan. The Latinized inscription, JOHANNES ALLAN, ANTIQUARIUS SCOTUS. NATUS FEB. 26, 1777, translates to: John Allan, Scottish antiquarian, born on February 26, 1777. Under the portrait are the initials G.H.L., for George H. Lovett, the pre-eminent die cutter in the field of tokens in New York City in 1860.