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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 24

TIME MAGAZINE ARCHIVE

As publishers make more historical content searchable on the web,
numismatic researchers have more source material available to them.
For example, the Time magazine online archive includes a short July
30, 1923 article on the publication of Victor Emmanuel III's
"Corpus Nummorum Italicorum":

"In scientific circles Victor Emmanuel III is known, not as the
King of Italy, but as a great numismatist. He has just published
Volume Six of his Corpus Nummorum Italicorum, a monumental study
of Italian coins from the remote ages to the present day. Of this
great work, Volumes 1-5 and 7-8 had already been published.

Volume Six completes the series. It consists of 682 pages, with
35 plates, and deals with the 18 minor mints of the Venetian
Republic..."
Full Story

Other examples: "Fall of the Collector" (November 14, 1994)
chronicles the life of fallen ancient coin dealer Bruce McNall:

"Shirley and Earl McNall knew they had one hot little entrepreneur
on their hands. Son Bruce was only five, and he could wipe everybody
out at the Monopoly board, building hotels on all the expensive
properties, leaving his mom stewing with an empty lot, say, on
low-rent Baltic Avenue. Dazzled, the mother, a lab technician,
and the father, a biochemistry professor at the University of
Southern California, rationed Bruce's television watching and
showered him with intellectual goodies. The pampering paid off.
Bruce became a wealthy coin collector while still in his teens..."
Full Story

"Stuttering Pennies" (Aug. 21, 1972):
Last winter the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia turned out between
20,000 and 100,000 pennies that were lucratively flawed. As Mint
officials now reconstruct the error, workmen on two shifts had
improperly cast a die, and the pennies came out with a shadowy
double impression of the words In God We Trust and Liberty, a
sort of minute stuttering effect.

The mistake, the first such defect in U.S. coinage in 17 years,
is the sort of accident that numismatists love. The Mint in fact
knew nothing of the bad pennies until two of them were sent in
by collectors asking if they were valid coins..."
Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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