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Edmond Genealogical Society guest speaker will discuss early forms of money

On Aug. 20, Gary Parsons, president of the Oklahoma Numismatic Association and past president of the Oklahoma City Coin Club, will present “Shells, Coins and Continentals” at a meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society.

Parsons will discuss the early money used to conduct commerce.

“It was a challenge to find mediums of exchange that were available and acceptable to native people,” Parsons said.

Later, as coins and paper money became more available, the varieties of exchange used were numerous and fascinating, he said.

Parsons holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is a graduate of American Numismatic Association classes on grading coins and notes, and on counterfeit detection. He has been a collector and specialist in U.S. coins, bank notes and exonumia for nearly 60 years, including 10 years experience as a dealer in coins.

Edmond Genealogical Society meetings, which are open to the public, are at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S Boulevard, with a social time at 6 p.m. and the program promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The society meets the third Monday of the month, and membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research.

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Carolyn Leonard is publicity chairwoman for the Edmond Genealogical Society.

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