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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 42, October 15, 2006, Article 11

MISSING NUMISMATIC HEADSTONES

Pete Smith writes: "Frank Passic has written about finding graves
of numismatists. He also has shown an excellent exhibit on the topic
at Michigan State shows in Dearborn. I hope other NBS members get to
see and enjoy this exhibit.

Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis is the final resting place for
Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and a few state governors. I have
gone there to visit the graves of author A. M. Smith and Civil War
era engraver William Lanphere. An interesting fact is that neither
grave is marked with a headstone. From cemetery records, it appears
that these headstones were not damaged or stolen but rather, were
never placed. Are there other numismatists without headstones?

In discussing this, someone suggested to me that a family might be
too poor to afford a headstone. Another suggestion is that the wife
hated the husband and refused to mark the grave. Do any of our
readers have better suggestions?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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