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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 47, November 19, 2006, Article 27

NEW COIN KING CROWNED BY GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

Kavan Ratnatunga forwarded this item from a November 16th Indian
newspaper.  He writes: "I wonder what the Guinness uses for definition
of a Country?"

"When Justin Gilbert Lopez was a kid, his family decided to renovate
the old thatched hut they were living in.

They dismantled the back portion where the kitchen was and little
Justin found to his amazement that some of the bamboo poles were
tinkling.

Justin broke open the bamboo pole and hidden inside were 10 -12
Travancore coins of denominations like ‘oru kasu’ and ‘randu kasu’.

"Justin might not have got anything more from bamboo poles, but
he did manage to get many more from all over the world.

So much so that he has managed to set a new Guinness World Record
for the largest collection of coins with a total of 255 coins
representing 255 countries.

He broke the record of Sanjay Relan from Hong Kong who had collected

a total of 235 coins from 235 countries."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

[Has anyone heard of this "record" before?  I went to the official
web site at guinnessworldrecords.com and was unable to
find any records relating to "coin" or "numismatics".  In the
"collection" category I didn't find coins, but DID find records
for the largest collections of Aeroplane Sick Bags, Bar Towels,
Traffic Cones, Keychains, Model Cars and Penguins. Perhaps the online
list is only a subset of what's covered in the hardcopy book.  Anyone
have a copy handy?  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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