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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 35, August 27, 2000, Article 9

ELECTROTYPES 

   An undated flyer advertising "Coins, Minerals & Indian Relics" 
   for sale by H. Klingbeil of  Philadelphia has this to say about 
   Electrotypes: 

   "Electrotypes show the exact fac-simile of the original coins, 
   both in silver and copper, therefore, they are much more 
   instructive, than wood-cut prints, or empty spaces.  The 
   original of most of these pieces are so rare that they cannot 
   be got only at a great cost, some of them not at any price. 
   No Cabinet or Collection of Coins is complete if the proper 
   spaces are not filled with electrotypes, and they add greatly 
   to the beauty of the Collection, and the price is so low that 
   any collector can procure them.  A supply is always kept 
   on hand for sale." 

   A couple of web pages give more information on 
   electrotypes: 

   The first is from the Coins of Colonial and Early America, 
   A Project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment, 
   University of Notre Dame.  The page pictures and describes 
   an electrotype copy of The Washington Roman Head Cent of 
   1792: 

    http://www.coins.nd.edu/ColCoin/ColCoinText/WashROMAN.html 

   The second is an article titled, "Forging ahead: How to avoid 
   Buying a Forgery",  By Bernard Wells.  The article describes 
   how to detect electrotype and other types of copies of ancient 
   coins: 

   http://www.deepfield.com/anoot/forgery.htm 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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