You have obviously not read my response to Pierre Henri's paper on this point.I will transcribe it here for you:
My point 50 in my ten year old online document on the Griquatown tokens reads: In 1821 Rev Helm refers to having a bag of Griquatown token coins that were never used and asks the Society what they wanted to do with them. IN RESPONSE PIERRE HENRI WRITES:
What is the truth? The last statement is a blatant lie. Rev Helm NEVER refers to having a bag of Griquatown coins that were never used. Rev Helm says that “The greater*
part (more than 50% thus) of the Griqua money is still in our Society’s property which Br Anderson when leaving delivered to my care. As Mr Campbell thought that Br Anderson had dispersed*
the silver pieces at too cheap rate.” *Pierre Henri "typos" - more follows in this threadI REPLY:Full and rectified quote by Helm:
part of the Griqua money is still in our Society’s property which Br Anderson when leaving delivered to my care. As Mr Campbell thought that Br Anderson had DISPOSED
the silver pieces at too cheap rate, I asked him to let me know the real value of a piece of each which he promised to do, but I have as yet received no account and it is therefore still in my possession. I should be glad if you, dear sir, would have the goodness to inform me what I am to do with it.
Once again Pierre Henri is selective in his research and then calls me a liar and again has two typos stating “greater part” when Schoeman’s book on page 133 refers to “the GREATEST part” and "DISPOSED" not dispersed.
I would suggest that greatest means almost all the tokens that arrived at Griquatown were still in his possession. In other words the “greatest part” is just that and not just over 50% as suggested by Pierre Henri. In my view only a tiny fraction of tokens were given out (disposed of) by Anderson before the small Griqua community at Griquatown realised they were useless to them. The online dictionary tells us that "dispose" is to give something away permanently - hardly suggesting "circulation".IMPORTANT NOTE:
What is not lost on me is the source of Pierre Henri’s research (ie largely selectively from my website as demonstrated above). I would suggest that he buys Schoeman’s book and READS IT and not cut and paste from my website. Unlike Pierre Henri my research took 30 years of buying first edition books, reading them and compiling a completely fresh picture of the history of the Griqua people. If you take the link below you will see he has simply cut and pasted my (deliberate) typos where I say the “greater part” and "dispersed" in this comment. The reason I did this (temporarily) was to lay a trap as I heard Pierre Henri was writing a document refuting my research and was calling me a liar and a fraud on the BidorBuy forum in South Africa. The shoe is now on the other foot.
The relevant extract can be found on the reference to page 131-133 of this webpage. If you read Schoeman’s printed book it says the “greatest part” and "disposed". Source - my page with the trap that caught Pierre Henri: http://www.tokencoins.com/helm.htm
And here is a scan of the relevant page of Schoeman's book with a big red arrow highlighting my deliberate typos and Pierre Henri's huge fail: http://www.tokencoins.com/schoeman.jpg
The large collection of hundreds of related books and documents I have built up over 30 years can be viewed at this link. This is REAL research: http://www.tokencoins.com/collect.htmPIERRE HENRI CONTINUES....
Why does Scott Balson lie so blatantly when he refers to what Helm actually wrote in 1821 in his letter to his superior (Dr Philip) in Cape Town? The reason is clear - what Helm wrote is the key that unlocks the whole enigma regarding the circulation of the Griqua pieces. (The whole foundation of Scott Balson’s flawed argument is that the Griqua coins never circulated) I REPLY
My response is quite practical; for a coin to circulate it needs to be exchanged for something and suggesting that a missionary giving a silver token to a Griqua who could not use it in circulation amongst a tiny local community and then suggesting it circulated widely is laughable. In my view the silver Griquatown tokens were labour based (day and half day). We know a few were "disposed of" (not circulated) but when the reality dawned on the recipient Griqua that they could not use the tokens anywhere to buy stuff (scissors etc) they rejected them. (There were no trading stores in this tiny isolated outpost north of the Orange River and the nomadic population of Griquatown in 1815 was less than 300 men, women and childen who, as Prof Arndt notes, had no understanding of "money"). That’s why they failed so badly.
Its not rocket science and in reality they became nothing more than keepsakes for the unfortunate recipient who could not get rid of the token for anything.
You will note that while I spent thirty years researching this subject and investigating all references to the Griquatown tokens and all aspects of the people's history all Pierre Henri has done is spent a weekend sifting through my online research and then cut and paste selectively compiling his own preconceived view which I have demonstrated at the link below is flawed, inaccurate and poorly researched. I have the books, expertise and documents to back up my views all Pierre Henri has is a blinkered paper that has been shown up to be what it is - totally flawed, inaccurate and that he never spent the thousands of hours I did researching the history of the Griqua people resulting in my book "Children of the Mist" which is now adopted by the Griqua as their official history. See: http://www.griquas.com
His reference to the "greater part" and "dispersed" above (that you refer to) when it should have been the "greatest part" and "disposed" is a classic gotcha moment of someone plagiarizing another person's research because they were too lazy to do their own (and then he calls me a liar). Good move!The relevant page out of Schoeman's book confirming the typos above which totally discredit Pierre Henri's "research" can be seen at this link: http://www.tokencoins.com/schoeman.jpg
In the document linked below I directly respond to Pierre Henri's paper and address the value issue which has no relevance to this subject.
Pierre Henry's paper and my response can be seen at this link: http://coinsrsa.com/The%20truth.pdf
Interestingly in this document Pierre Henri gives a false reference suggesting his source for the typos was Schoeman's book when clearly it was my website