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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 11

SHIPS MAST COIN AS A MARKETING DEVICE

William P. Houston of Frankfurt am Main writes: "Of late there have
been a few articles in The E-Sylum regarding coins placed under ships'
masts.  Thru chance I have just noted an item offered on eBay (Nr.
2201 0901 6184) offering a "coin" placed under (or in or on, I'm
uncertain how it is done) the keel of a ship when construction begins.

It's probably another old custom which the AIDA Cruise Lines (or
whatever the official name of the company is) has discovered for
advertisement and or publicity reasons.  Bidding closes this evening
(MEST).  Strictly FYI  --  I'm not the owner and I do not plan to bid."

[I was unable to read the German text of the item description, but I
wonder if these "coins" are similar to the flags flown over the federal
and state Capitol buildings, plsced there briefly only to be packed up
and sent to a favored constituent group.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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