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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 7

NUMISMATIC EPHEMERA: EARLY BOWERS EMPIRE COIN COMPANY PLACEMAT

E-Sylum contributor Dick Hanscom of Alaska Rare Coins recently
sold an interesting item of numismatic ephemera on eBay:

"NUMISMATIC PAPER PLACE MAT. "Coins of the United States. I
nformation from the Research Staff of EMPIRE COIN CO., INC.,
Johnson City, N.Y." Printed red on white with scalloped edges,
it features information on the Birch Cent, Indian Cent, Stella,
Lincoln Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime, Liberty Standing
Quarter, Washington Quarter, Liberty Walking Half Dollar and
the Franklin Half Dollar.

Empire Coin Co. was one of Q. David Bower’s firms. Wonder if
he remembers these!"

To see the full auction listing, go to: Full Auction Listing

[I asked Dave, another one of our E-Sylum regulars, and he
writes: "This must be one-of-a-kind in terms of survival! I
believe these were made circa 1958-1960 and used for a while
in the Crystal Lunch Room (a few doors away from 252 Main St.,
Johnson City, NY)."

When I asked Dick where he managed to locate such a rare item,
he said "From a pile of stuff on top of my desk!  Now, if memory
serves me, I got two of them in a collection that we purchased
here in Fairbanks. Don't ask how they got here. I haven't a clue."

Congratulations to winning bidder Fred Weinberg (he bought both
- these may be "two-of-a-kind", unless anyone can report another
sighting).  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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