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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 29, July 16, 2006, Article 16

BERK DEALERSHIP FEATURED IN CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ARTICLE

The Chicago Sun-Times published an article on July 10 about a
man's visit to local coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. to sell
an old accumulation of coins and paper money:

"Nick arrived at the appointed hour, toting a satchel full of
coins. They'd been stored for years in purple velvet Crown Royal
drawstring bags, plastic containers and wilted brown paper lunch
bags.

The "collection" also included some large-sized bills -- paper
money left over from an earlier era.

It was an impressive hoard -- but would it be worth anything?

Berk, Nick and I discussed the possibilities, while Berk's
right-hand man, Bob Greenstein, started sorting the coins
with amazing speed, and no apparent rhyme or reason.

The collection contained a lot of pennies, and Berk whetted our
appetites by pointing out that a 1955 penny "double-die" from
the Philadelphia mint could be worth as much as $1,500, depending
on the condition. In that year, and at that mint, a number of
coins were struck by a malformed die stamp -- resulting in what
looks like two separate images.

I could see the headlines already, but then Berk pointed out
that the odds were a billion to one of finding such a penny."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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