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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 18, April 30, 2006, Article 4

1957 EXHIBIT OF 1913 LIBERTY NICKEL

Mark Borckardt writes: "I would suggest that the "well-dressed"
gentleman was, in fact, George Walton.  Walton and Wolfson are
similar enough names that this could be an easy mixup.  My
understanding is that George Walton was always extremely well
dressed at shows, and also, he did indeed have his nickel in a
Lucite (capital plastics style) holder."

[As Barry clarified last week, he is certain that it was Wolfson
in the shop that day, but it was Wolfson's well-dressed companion
who had the 1913 Nickel.  The companion could have been George
Walton, J.V. McDermott, Lou Eliasberg or any of the other nickel
owners. -Editor]

Dave Bowers writes: "Concerning the 1913 Liberty Head nickel
owned by J.V. McDermott, he at first kept it mingled with pocket
change and keys. He would pass it around the bar (where he could
usually be found) in the hotel where a convention was being held,
or nearby. Later, he put it in a small green rectangular plastic
holder."

George Fuld writes: "I remember McDermott throwing a 1913 nickel
to me at an ANA convention (possibly 1957).  The coin was in a
small Lucite holder--possibly a Capitol one. He carried it with
him most of the time!!"

Ken Hallenbeck writes: "In the late 1950s, probably about 1959,
I borrowed J.V.McDermott's 1913 liberty nickel for our local coin
show when I still lived in Fort Wayne, IN.  I don't recall many
of the details, but do recall it was in a Lucite plastic holder.
The holder was quite large and quite thick.  It was quite a thrill."

Rich Hartzog writes: "McDermott lived near Rockford, IL (my source
says Beloit, WI, about 15 miles north), and kept his 1913 nickel
in a Lucite holder.  He would pass it around at coin clubs, in bars,
at shows, and generally everywhere, not keeping any particular track
of it.  When he was ready to go, he would inquire of the room who
had his nickel, and always get it back.  My friend Joe Michalek
remembers this clearly, and he got to hold it on several occasions.
This was before I moved to Rockford, but McDermott was famous for
passing his nickel around."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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