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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 15, April 9, 2000, Article 8

BOOK REVIEW: U.S. COIN SCALES 

   NBS Board Member Bill Murray submits the following review, 
   noting, "I encountered this for my annual book review article for 
   COINage's YEARBOOK.  Certainly an esoteric volume, I think 
   many of your E-Sylum readers, erudite numismatists that many of 
   them are, would be interested: 

   "Certainly all would expect a book by Eric Newman and the late 
   George Mallis to be meticulously researched and that describes 
   "U. S. Coin Scales and Counterfeit Detectors".  Starting with a 
   history of scales beginning in the second millennium before Christ, 
   the book then examines all scales and counterfeit coin detectors 
   for which U. S. patents were issued, and many without patents. 
   The tribulations of one inventor, John Allender, and his attempts, 
   finally successful, to get a patent for his counterfeit detector is a 

   story reading like fiction.  While not yet a collectible, I expect this 
   book to be much sought after in years to come.  Inquire of Eric P. 
   Newman, EPNNES, 5450 Cecil Ave. St. Louis, MO 63105. 
   $39.50 including shipping." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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