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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 25, June 18, 2006, Article 21

ODD DENOMINATION OBSOLETE NOTES IN SMYTHE'S JULY AUCTION

Dick Johnson writes: "If you collect odd denominations you must
get R. M. Smythe?s catalog of their July auction sale. Their
major consignor had the specialty of this fascinating numismatic
challenge ? how many different denominations can you acquire? The
New York auction house, specializing in financial history, is
claiming that number is over one hundred!

There are some gems in this sale: Notes of British penny and
multiples, even of mills ? that was Thomas Jefferson?s creation
of one tenth of a cent ? and of cent multiples and fractions galore.
I had seen 12 ? cent before, but never 12 1/4 cent ? there?s one
in this sale. Pick any odd number, 16, 87, 90, for instance, or
odd amount ($1.25) and you are likely to find an obsolete notes
of that denomination represented.

Colorful cover, some great material from a great auction house.
All lots, nearly 2,500, are on line at the firm?s website,
www.smytheonline.com or you can order the printed catalog for $25.

I found this sale's pre-auction publicity notice on the web. It
is one of the worst I have ever seen. Part of the first paragraph
is missing. The rest is crammed into a box of gray text that is
very poorly written ? and very difficult to read! The culprit is
news-antique.com. Click on this only if you insist: news-antique.com "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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