On Tuesday, March 17 Numismatist Ray Williams will speak on colonial era paper currency at 7:15 pm at the Madison Public Library.  Light refreshments will be available from 7:00 pm.  The presentation is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

In his talk, Mr. Williams will be describing the economic climate that made paper money necessary. He will also discuss the consequential counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken to counter the practice. Famous colonists involved with paper money will be noted along with interesting stories regarding some of the money being exhibited.  These examples of Continental Currency and 1776 issues of New Jersey bills will be displayed at the meeting.

Ray Williams is a life-long numismatist who started specializing in US Colonial era coins, medals and paper money in 1988.  He is co-author of a book entitled Grading Guide for Early American Copper Coins and has written numerous articles and columns for the Colonial Coin Collectors Club Newsletter, Penny Wise (the Newsletter of the Early American Coppers organization), The Numismatist (Journal of the American Numismatic Association), and other publications, clubs and Numismatic organizations.  Mr. Williams has served as President of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, the New Jersey Numismatic Society, the Trenton Numismatic Club and Vice President of the Garden State Numismatic Association.  He is a fellow of the American Numismatic Society and Rittenhouse Society.