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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 33, August 15, 1999, Article 9

THE GREAT "DEBATE"  

   Having promoted the Buttery/Hodder debate in this space we 
   would be remiss in not mentioning it.    As spectators entered 
   the room Thursday morning  "it was like a wedding,"  one 
   witness said, as proponents of the opposing sides took their 
   places on opposite sides of the room.  The room was soon 
   filled to capacity since, as one wag put it,  "everyone wants to 
   see a train wreck..."  

   The event was certainly a spectacle, as moderator Ed Rochette 
   did his best to keep both the participants and the audience in 
   line.  Afterwards, one observer likened it to "a Greek Tragedy", 
   where doom is foreshadowed from the start.  

   No doubt much will be written in weeks to come about the 
   event, in The Asylum as well as the mainstream numismatic 
   publications.   Somewhere in this morass lies the numismatic 
   truth, and someday it may rise to the surface.   But it was an 
   ugly side of human nature that rose to prominence that 
   morning, and it was not a pleasant sight.  

   A number of events were set into motion which will play out 
   over the upcoming months (or years), including the threat of 
   a lawsuit  and a generous offer to fund the large expense of 
   scientific analysis of the disputed assay bars.   This may take 
   longer than the Gold Rush itself to completely play out... 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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