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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 1, January 6, 2008, Article 28

LESSON FOR NUMISMATIC BUYERS: DON'T BELIEVE EVERY PROVENANCE TALE YOU HEAR

Speaking of unverified stories, E-Sylum readers know one
should always be wary of tales told by sellers of numismatic
items.  One recent eBay lot is a case in point.  I won't
publish the specifics, but someone in the know clued me in
to the real story.   The seller wrote a tale about how the
lot was an old time collection of large cents found in his
family home, full of "Old Stuff from the 1920's to the early
1990's".   Included was a family tree and pictures of the
coins displayed in a Whitman album.  There are no close ups
of the coins, which look like brown blobs in the photo.

The real story?  One of our subscribers sold this very same
Whitman album (empty) to the seller a few weeks ago.  The
album bears a Whitman logo that was used only in 1972, yet
the seller talks about the collection's owner passing in 1965!

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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