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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 1

WAYNE'S WORDS: THE E-SYLUM FEBRUARY 24, 2008

No new subscribers this week - our count holds at 1,113.  Our
number grows primarily by word of mouth.  If you know a
numismatist who might enjoy reading The E-Sylum, please send
me their email address and we'll enter a subscription for them
on your behalf.

For better or worse, this week's issue is another whopper.
Lots of interesting stuff.  This week John and Nancy Wilson
review "Striking Change" by Michael Moran, and we have
announcements of the ANS' duplicate catalog sale, a new book
on the Fugio coppers, a "Biography of the Dollar" and a new
book about Joseph Florimond Loubat.  In responses to items
in last week's issue, several readers set us straight about
the "Lombat Prize" - it's the "Loubat Prize"!

Other responses cover topics such as the late Sam Pennington,
Things Found in Books, numismatic holdings of the Library of
Congress, the Tompkins "Counterfeit House" and the numismatics
of the Lincoln Highway. New queries this week include porcelain
copies of medals, the 1943 ANA business session / convention,
and WWII "Torpedo Club" bills.

Also in this issue we have Katie Jaeger's 2005 interviews
with executives of The Franklin Mint, Alan Weinberg's recollection
of his visit to Evergreen House, the Johns Hopkins University
home of the legendary Garrett coin collection, and Dick Johnson's
discussion of the striking of large medals. My numismatic diary
includes a great story from David Schenkman on the provenance
of the famous J.H. Polhemus counterstamped $20 gold piece.

In the news, numismatic author Milton R. Friedberg has passed
on, ransom notes from the infamous 1971 “D.B. Cooper” skyjacking
have been certified by PCGS Currency, a gang leader involved
in negotiating the return of New Zealand's stolen war medals
has been released from prison and 'The Counterfeiters' won the
Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at tonight's Academy Awards
ceremony.

QUICK QUIZ: Who can spot the error in the story about the gold
coin dress from Japan?

To learn about Bois Durci and Torpedo Peggy's Short Snorter,
read on. Have a great week, everyone.

Wayne Homren
Numismatic Bibliomania Society

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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