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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 18, April 30, 2000, Article 3

CORNELL'S MAKING OF AMERICA WEB SITE 

   Board member Larry Mitchell writes: "Among the best resources 
   for ancillary coverage of 19th century American numismatic 
   topics are the monographs and journals currently being digitized 
   as part of Cornell University's MAKING OF AMERICA project. 
   The almost 1,000,000 pages digitized to date are a treasure trove 
   of information for numismatists. 

   To give you hint of what's available, a very simple search -- 
   using the keyword "coin"--returns the following: 

   >Search "coin" returned 29269 matches in 13479 works. 
   >View the 5809 matches in 243 books. 
   >View the 23460 matches in 13236 journal articles. 
   >View the 29269 matches in 13479 works." 

   The site's address is: http://library5.library.cornell.edu/moa/ 

   Bill Malkmus notes: "This is a fantastic site (I tried it) and it is 
   every bit as great as Larry Mitchell describes." 

   This site is a fine place to begin a numismatic treasure hunt. 
   American numismatic researchers are encouraged to search 
   it for their favorite subjects;  please report back to us if you 
   find any interesting heretofore-unkown nuggets of information. 

   One random example I came across is an article on "An Alloy 
   of Gold and Aluminum" in "The Manufacturer and Builder", 
   Volume XXVI, 1894. 

   "In the course of experiments made for the Royal Society's 
   committee on researches upon alloys, Prof. Austen-Roberts 
   made a discovery that will probably be utilized in the 
   coinage of money.  His alloy consists of 78 parts of gold to 
   22 parts of aluminum. 

   These proportions, moreover, are the only ones in which 
   the two metals alloy perfectly.  The product, it is said, is of 
   a beautiful purple color, with ruby reflections, and cannot be 
   imitated.  Besides, as gold is 7.7 times heavier than aluminum, 
   the same weight of the latter will be 7.7 times greater in bulk 
   than the former." 

   Has anyone heard of a coin or pattern ever being stuck on 
   such an alloy? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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