The E-Sylum v6#50, November 23, 2003
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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 6, Number 50, November 23, 2003:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2003, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
LAKE BOOKS SALE 71 PRL AVAILABLE
Fred Lake writes: "The prices realized list is now posted
to our web site at: http://www.lakebooks.com/archive.html
After opening that page, scroll down (or press the "2003"
link) to sale #71.
Due to our travel plans this week and the Thanksgiving
holiday next week, our usual "speedy" packing and shipping
of lots to the winning bidders will be a bit slower.
Many thanks to all of our bidders for making this a most
Our next sale will be held on January 20, 2004 and will
feature Part III of the library of Dr. William E. Hopkins.
Excellent reference material in the field of ancient numismatics
will be highlighted."
Regarding token author Byron Kanzinger, David Gladfelter
writes: "To know him was to like and admire him. Although
terminally ill and he knew it, he called upon all of his energy to
provide leadership to the Civil War Token Society in his
typically upbeat manner. He wanted to do all that he could,
knowing that he didn't have much time to do it, so he got
right to work, leading by example. He got as much out of
the hobby as anyone I know and made many friends along
Dick Doty writes: "Having been blessed with a melanoma
myself, that hit home. But thirty-two is obscene..."
CANADIAN NUMISMATIC BIBLIOGRAPHY DEADLINE
Darryl Atchison writes: "The pre-publication deadline has
passed but if anyone wishes to enquire if they can still get in
under the wire, they should contact Ron Greene at
ragreene at telus.net. I cannot make any promises, however."
[The cutoff date for ordering the new Canadian Numismatic
Bibliography had been pushed back from October 15th to
November 15th. -Editor]
LIBERTAS AMERICANA REPLICA INFO SOUGHT
John W. Adams writes: Back in the early 1960's, Stanley
Apflebaum of FCI ran a promotion on replicas of the Libertas
Americana medal. Does anyone in the readership possess
one of these replicas and/or have literature relevant to the
offering of these items? This information could prove helpful
to the Comitia American survey that I am doing in conjunction
with the Massachusetts Historical Society. Thanks for your
help. (jadams at ahh.com)"
1910 PATTERN CASE INFO SOUGHT
Roger W. Burdette writes: "Saul Teichman referred me to you
on the following subject: Can anyone tell me anything about a
legal case involving pattern coins (legality of private ownership?)
that was being handled in Philadelphia in September 1910?
I did a search of Lexus/Nexus but their database does not go
back that far. Probably the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
(Federal Court) - possibly NNN vs MacVeagh, or NNN vs
I found a reference to it in a letter from A Piatt Andrew (Asst
Treas Sec) to William Woodin. (There are also other letters
with reference to a pending "pattern decision" by Andrew.
This appears to be part of a larger US Mint issue in 1910
involving pattern coins and dies. Thanks!"
ADDING CYPRUS AND MALTA TO DESIGN OF EURO NOTES
An article from the Reuters news service on November 7th
describes an upcoming change to the design of the Euro notes.
"If the designs on euro notes now in the pockets of millions of
Europeans are to be believed, Cyprus and Malta have sunk.
But the two Mediterranean islands are due to join the European
Union next year and now want their inadvertent omission from
the notes, which feature maps of the continent, set right.
Regarding the "drooling dollar" question, Joe Boling was the
first to respond with an answer. Neil Shafer chimed in soon
with some additional detail:
Joe writes: "Nepal, several denominations (2, 100, 500, 1000
rupees, Pick numbers 29, 34, 35, 36). The two low
denominations carry little premium for the "drooling" variety;
the two higher denominations are priced more than double for
the early variety (so is the 2 rupee, but the difference is only
Neil writes: "The "drooling dollars" are from Nepal. King
Birendra Bir Bikram's first notes, issued in 1981, did show him
with what is thought to be a line of "drool" coming from his lower
lip on some notes, specifically the 2,100, 500 and 1000 rupees.
The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money lists two varieties
of the 2 and 100-rupee notes, with and without the drooling line.
As far as we know, the others with the drooling line were not
issued in the corrected version. The 5, 10, 20 and 50 rupees
were not issued with the drooling line. There is only a slight
premium on the 2-rupee drool piece, and even less on the 100."
NEW BOOK ON BULGARIAN COUNTERFEITS
A new book has been published on the counterfeits of
ancient coins emanating from present-day Bulgaria.
From the press release by Eugeni Paunov & Ilya
Prokopov, Sofia, Bulgaria:
"We have the pleasure to announce the recent publication of
a new book: "Modern Counterfeits and Replicas of Ancient
Greek and Roman Coins from Bulgaria", by Ilya PROKOPOV,
Kostadin KISSYOV and Eugeni PAUNOV., in English,
format 16°, 78 pp., glossy black paperback, 192 coins in
bronze, silver and gold. Sofia, September 2003.
Publisher's price per single copy: Euro / USD 20,-- (P&P not
included), /or USD ~23. with P&P to America/.
[Retail price discount available for distributors and larger orders].
This is a second booklet on the counterfeits of ancient coins
from present-day Bulgaria. In 1997, a team of three co-authors
lead by Dr Prokopov prepared and edited a first small book of
fake coins, which was subsequently published in Sofia. It
covered a large group of contemporary fakes of ancient Greek
and Roman coins from Bulgaria 204 specimens in gold,
silver and bronze. The present catalogue is the result of that
The authors prepared the second book in 1998 in the same
format. It was not until 2003 that a publisher for this book was
found. Prior to publication it was necessary to edit and reformat
the manuscript - this publication is the result of that work and
reflects information gathered up to the spring of 2003.
In this small format (22.5x14.5 cm) catalogue is published a
large group of modern forgeries of ancient Greek, Roman and
Byzantine coins coming from Bulgaria. 192 coins in gold, silver,
copper and bronze are catalogued and illustrated with nice
black&white photos in chronological and geographic principle.
From the total number, 112 specimens are Greek (2 in gold,
the remainder in silver); 78 Roman (Republican - 5 denarii and
a gold coin of 60 asses; Imperial - 18 in gold, 34 in silver, 5 in
bronze, including 5 interesting 4th c. AD multipla/medallions
in gold and silver), as well as 2 Byzantine pieces. A special
section of the catalogue is devoted to a group of 77 modern
fakes of Thasian type Celtic/Thracian imitation tetradrachms,
all in silver. For the first time, 8 sets of modern steel dies for
striking of Roman Republican and Imperial coins are illustrated
A comprehensive 5-pages introduction provides background
information about the phenomenon of modern coin forgery
production in Bulgaria. The patterns, technology and workshops
known are discussed as well as some up-to-date references
Publication is devoted to serve to professional numismatists
and amateur collectors and make familiar with the modern fake
types of ancient coins. Such imitations are offering for sale in
museum giftshops as replicas and souvenirs in Bulgaria and in
the West and North America for use in coin jewelry. The
series will include a third issue with more than 119 additional
We will be glad to accept orders from interested individuals
SP & P Publications Ltd.
Mr Stoyan POPOV
Sofia BG-1000, BULGARIA
e-mail: <ccchbg at abv.bg>
JOHN FORD TAPE AND CHARLESTON SLAVE TAGS
Gathering dust in your editor's home office were a set of
audio cassette tapes. They appeared to be unlabeled but
inside the case were notes I'd made indicating that they were
from a previous American Numismatic Association convention.
"I'll label these properly when I have some time," I surely
said to myself, and of course, the time never came. I believe
further research will confirm that these are from the Baltimore
convention in 1993. The note with this tape indicated it was
a recording of John J. Ford speaking at 4pm Thursday, probably
as part of the Numismatic Theatre. I listened to it in my car
over the course of a couple days, and although it was hard to
hear parts of the talk, it was very interesting and informative.
One part of the talk touched on coins as an investment, and
he mentioned the 1881-S Morgan Dollar, which is plentiful in
high grades. "I handled 127 bags of 1881-S dollars. That's
127,000 coins. They aren't rare." [I'm paraphrasing here -
this isn't a transcript of his exact words.]
As an example of something he collects that IS rare, Ford
mentioned Charleston, S.C. slave tags. Ford had been
accumulating these for years at $100-$200 apiece. His
collection of slave tags was about to be auctioned by Stacks,
and Ford estimated they would bring $1,000-$2,000 apiece.
For reference, here are links to some interesting web pages
about the badges.
At the Stack's sale, I believe some slave tags brought
considerably more than Ford's estimates.
Ford's other topics included dealer B. Max Mehl, Ford's
discovery of Walter Breen, and a brazen broad-daylight
theft of rare early American medals from the New-York
ANA HALL OF FAME
In response to last week's question about the American
Numismatic Association Hall of Fame, Chris Fuccione
quickly located the information on the ANA web site.
I suspected it could be found there. Gail Baker, the
ANA's Education Director, also responded quickly.
She writes: "The ANA Hall of Fame with a listing of all
the inductees is in the ANA web site (www.money.org)
The following is from the web page: "To perpetuate and
enshrine the names of the most important numismatists of
all time, the American Numismatic Association established
the Numismatic Hall of Fame at its headquarters in Colorado
The brainchild of Jack W. Ogilvie, a Hollywood film writer
and editor who served as ANA historian from 1950 to 1970,
the Numismatic Hall of Fame was created in August 1964.
A constitution and bylaws were drafted that year, and the
first inductees were named in 1969. The next group was
enshrined in 1970, with subsequent honorees inducted every
two years thereafter."
S.I.N. ARCHIVES PRESERVED
In response to my query, "What is to become of your
archives?", Phil Iverson of the Society for International
Numismatics writes: "We have preserved all the files of
our history that we could including all the publications
that we know of. Several years ago we donated our
library to the Getty Museum here in Los Angeles. We
plan to donate whatever money we have left at the end
of this year to the ANA to be used for young numismatists.
Hopefully, our name and memory will continue on..."
DENVER MINT TOURS
In last week's item about the Denver Mint, it was noted
that "tours for schoolchildren still can be arranged, but
adults hoping to see the mint must ask their congressman
to arrange a visit."
Gail Baker reports a third option: "attend the ANA
Summer Seminar! We have arranged a fabulous optional
floor tour of the Denver Mint for Friday, July 9, 2004."
FRANKLIN MINT ARTICLE LINKS
Dick Johnson writes: "The two links in this week's item on
Franklin Mint both led to a dead end. Both led to
delcotimes.com but neither had a Franklin Mint story.
Perhaps for this daily it changes text that often. FM now
is old news for them. I searched for their archive news
stories but could not find them.
Perhaps this is a persistent problem in giving out news
links. It ain't there when you want it. Even a day or two later.
I am also leery of putting any Internet address in any
published book -- or citing this in any bibliography. How
long will it be available? It is always questionable.
I just read that CD technology will be obsolete in five years
(before I had the chance to get my directory published in
print and available on CDs!) This is frustrating. But it does
point out the certitude of a bound book. As long as there
are human eyeballs, the technology will always exist for
downloading the printed page!"
David Gladfelter unlocked the secret of the missing pages.
Go to http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/
Click on "Articles last 7 days"
Choose "Go to articles older than 7 days"
Type "Andrew Cassel" in subject box
Click GO to find his column for Nov. 14.
[The broken link problem is a never-ending battle for
web publishers. That's why I like to quote key sections
of articles or web pages referenced in The E-Sylum. At
least the quoted text will remain in the E-Sylum archives
even if it disappears 10 minutes later from the original
web page. I believe most citations meet the "fair use"
criteria for copyrighted works, but when in doubt I do
prefer to err on side of over-quoting. We'll be happy to
retract or expunge anything the original author objects
to, but in six years of editing The E-Sylum, this hasn't
happened yet. -Editor]
URBAN LEGEND, RIGHT?
A bank story making the rounds of the Internet recently:
"A thief burst into a Florida bank one day wearing a ski
mask and carrying a gun. Aiming his gun at the guard, the
thief yelled, "FREEZE, MOTHER-STICKERS, THIS IS
A ****-UP!" For a moment, everyone was silent. Then
the sniggers started. The security guard completely lost it
and doubled over laughing. It probably saved his life,
because he'd been about to draw his gun. He couldn't have
drawn and fired before the thief got him. The thief ran away
and is still at large. In memory of the event, the banker later
put a plaque on the wall engraved with the words, "Freeze,
mother-stickers, this is a ****-up!"
FEATURED WEB PAGE
In light of this week's anniversary of the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy, this week's featured web page
discusses the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar.
"The story of the Kennedy half dollars inception is perhaps
best told in the words of then Chief Engraver of the United
States Mint, the late Gilroy Roberts:
Shortly after the tragedy of President Kennedys death,
November 22, 1963, Miss Eva Adams, the Director of the
Mint, telephoned me at the Philadelphia Mint and explained
that serious consideration was being given to placing President
Kennedys portrait on a new design U.S. silver coin and that
the quarter dollar, half dollar or the one dollar were under
A day or so later, about November 27, Miss Adams called
again and informed me that the half dollar had been chosen
for the new design, that Mrs. Kennedy did not want to replace
Washington's portrait on the quarter dollar. Also it had been
decided to use the profile portrait that appears on our Mint list
medal for President Kennedy and the President's Seal that has
been used on the reverse of this and other Mint medals.
This work was undertaken immediately, Gilroy Roberts
sculpting the portrait obverse, while his longtime Assistant
Engraver, Frank Gasparro, prepared the reverse model
bearing the presidential seal."
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