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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 5, February 3, 2008, Article 22

WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY FEBRUARY 3, 2008

I haven't much to report this week in my numismatic diary,
but wanted to mention two events.  The first was my first
spotting of a "Million Dollar Bill".  I came across it after
work Friday while meeting my family at the Dulles Towne Center
mall in Northern Virginia.  It was sitting atop a refuse
container at the food court, and I picked it up and gave it
to my seven-year-old son Tyler.  He had fun with it and
wondered if it was real.  Later that evening I put it in a
currency holder for him.  This morning he tried to tell his
older brother that it was real, but Christopher wasn't buying
it.  He correctly told him that the largest note made today
is the $100.  He also pulled out a $1 note and showed Tyler
how the paper felt different.  I don't remember teaching
Christopher either of those points, but he caught on like
a real pro.

The other item is about a numismatic experience I *didn't*
have.  On a family outing this afternoon we travelled to
Fredericksburg, VA, a focal point of Civil War history.
We stopped at the visitor center and strolled along the
streets of the quaint little town under beautiful blue skies.
Reading a guide book I noticed that I'd missed my chance to
visit the town's National Bank Museum on Princess Anne St,
which is open only during the week.

Located in one of the oldest buildings in America continuously
serving as a bank, the museum "houses objects reflecting the
history of the city's prosperity and challenges. Erected about
1819 as the Farmer's Bank of Virginia, this fine Federal
structure served as Union headquarters during the Civil War
occupation of Fredericksburg. President Abraham Lincoln
addressed soldiers and civilians from its steps in April 1862."

Have any of our readers visited this museum?

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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