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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 13, April 1, 2007, Article 15

NEWSFLASH: NUMISMATICS BECOMES FASHIONABLE

On Friday the New York Times published an article about the rise 
of coins are fashion accessories:

"Back in the 1960s, Bulgari, the Italian fine jewelry company, 
revived a millenniums-old Roman tradition of incorporating coins 
into jewelry as a signature look in its own heavy gold necklaces, 
bracelets and rings. It is a charming bit of aesthetic currency 
that the company continues to revisit in its designs today. 
"As it happens, coin pieces are now much in demand, thanks to a 
new crop of designers who are depositing their loose change into 
a variety of attractive investment options, er, designs.

"'People are into old-looking things, and coins are more directly 
real if you are trying to get an antique look,' said Lisa Levine, 
a jewelry designer with a shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her 
earrings and charm bracelets are laden with an international 
representation of dangling coins, including Tunisian francs, 
Jamaican cents, German pfennigs and French centimes donated by f 
riends from their pre-euro piggy banks.

"Designers with a numismatic bent judge the artistry of ancient 
coins with a jeweler’s eye for clarity, but other factors also 
come into play. 

"'I never buy debauched fat Roman emperors with double chins,' 
Ms. Locke said. Imagine what they’ll say, millenniums away, 
about Susan B. Anthony."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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