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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 53, December 31, 2006, Article 16

OUTSIDER'S VIEW OF NUMISMATICS AND REEDED EDGES

Ralf W. B?pple of Stuttgart, Germany writes: "All the best for a
successful 2007 and continuing good work on the E-Sylum!

Here is a quote I found in "The Know-It-All" by A. J. Jacobs, a
journalist from New York who read the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica
and wrote a book about his reflections on it, mixed with trivia.
It's interesting to see what stayed in an "outsider's" mind after
reading this entry!

'Numismatics: Back when coins were made of metals like gold and silver,
petty thieves would shave off the edges and melt down the valuable
slivers.  To stop this, mints began putting serrated edges on coins.
So that's the real story behind the cool ridges on quarters. Good to
know that security measures can also be aesthetically pleasing.'"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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