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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 6, February 4, 2001, Article 8

DYE DETECTOR SOLD IN HEATED BIDDING ON EBAY 

   Dave Bowers recently shared with us his notes on John S. 
   Dye and his publications.  Wendell Wolka points out that 
   one of Dye's publications sold yesterday (3-February) on 
   eBay after a furious round of bidding.   To see an illustration 
   of the item and a full auction description, go to 
   http://www.ebay.com/ and search for Item #1210799102. 

   The seller described the item as follows: "A 79 page 
   booklet entitled "Dye's/ Counterfit (sic) Detector/ 
   and Universal Bank Note Gazetteer;/ With Correct Rules 
   By Which/ Spurious And Counterfeit Notes May Be/ 
   Detected At a Glance/ Also/ A list of All Fraudulent 
   and Broken Banks and Altered Notes; and a list of all 
   the Solvent Banks, with Rates of Discount, Cincinnati:/ 
   Published by John S. Dye./ 1850/ E. Morgan and Co., 
   Stereotypers. Contains 27 pages of illustrations of 
   worldwide gold and silver coins and US value in addition 
   to material mentioned on cover. Condition is good - very 
   good, water stain on cover shows up as a few smallish 
   dots on first interior page. Still bound, but a bit loose, 
   overall interior pages are clean, and bright.  All pages are 
   present, no tears. Book starts on page 3, as they count 
   the cover as pages 1 and 2., something I've seen before 
   in early paper books." 

   The lot opened at $9.  About two hours before the sale 
   closed, the lot stood at $845.  When the dust finally 
   settled, the closing price was $1225.  There were fifteen 
   bids placed by seven distinct bidders. 

   The pamphlet was listed under the U.S. Obsolete 
   currency section. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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