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

BASHLOW CONFEDERATE RESTRIKE DIES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Last week, responding to Harold Levi's question about the dies used
for the Bashlow restrikes of the Confederate Cent, Dick Johnson noted
that when the stock of the August Frank company was acquired by
Medallic Art, "Unfortunately, there were no Bashlow dies amongst [them].
He must have retrieved every one of them."

Tom DeLorey writes: "This is incorrect - Robert Bashlow did not
retrieve the dies. I spoke with him shortly before his fatal trip
to Spain, and he told me that he had not been able to recover his
dies when August Frank's children had placed him in a nursing home
and sold off all his assets, but that he intended to begin legal
action to recover them after he returned from Europe. Of course,
he never did.

"At about that time, many of the dies were being advertised for sale
(I believe in Coin World, though there might have also been a mailed
circular), including many Elder dies. I had decided not to buy any
because of the questionable title, but after Bashlow's death was
contacted by a dealer who wanted to know if I would be interested
in a partnership to buy the Hudson and Fulton small-sized dollar
dies and restrike them. I did not think that this was a good idea,
so I bought the dies to keep them from being restruck."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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