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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 49, December 2, 2007, Article 14

1962 SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR MILLION SILVER DOLLAR EXHIBIT

[On Tuesday Robert Van Ryzin published a nice blog article
about the Million Silver Dollar Exhibit at the 1962 Seattle
World's Fair.  -Editor]

“Almost everyone dreams and talks about a million dollars,
but how many people have ever seen that amount of cash in
one place at one time?

"Why not have a display featuring one million silver dollars?
Here, all in one, would be the most money the visitors would
ever see, coupled with an intriguing chapter of American
history."

“Pinkerton guards rode with the trucks, state troopers and
local police drove guard as the semis roared westward, following
the trail cut by free-spending miners and frontiersmen who’d
rather get rid of their bulky silver dollars than lug them
around in their pockets,” explained Coins.

Once at the fair, 800,000 of the coins (Morgan dollars
apparently, as the Coins' article notes they were in bags
sealed between 1910 and 1915) were stacked in the center
of a Behlen corn crib enclosed in glass. “Then over and
around the bags were poured a clinking cascade of 200,000
Peace dollars: 1,000,000 silver dollars, just for looks,
just sitting there gathering 167 dollars a day in interest,”
Coins wrote.

An advertisement on the back inside cover of the November
1962 issue of Coins offered individual silver dollars from
the exhibit, “mounted in an attractive World’s Fair holder,”
for $1.95 postpaid. The limit on the bags was five bags per
person (at $1,500 per bag of 1,000 silver dollars), to be
shipped after the exhibit closed.

To read the complete article, see:
Full Story

[Has anyone ever seen one of the dollars mounted in a
1962 World's Fair holder?  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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