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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 10, March 9, 2008, Article 7

ON FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES AUTOGRAPHED BY SIGNERS

Regarding last week's question about notes autographed by
the Treasurer or Secretary of the Treasury, John Mutch of
Boise, ID writes: "As part of the group representing the
Southern Idaho Coin Club at last summer's ceremony officially
introducing the Idaho state quarter, I knew Treasury Secretary
Henry Paulson would be on the program.  Alas, the coin club
was not on the program as we had hoped.  2007 was our 50th
anniversary as a club and we had obtained a slabbed PR-70
Idaho quarter to present to the People of the State of Idaho,
but we had to settle for a presentation to a Trustee of the
Idaho Historical Society after the main ceremony.

"Anyway, knowing Paulson would be there, I rounded up a
handful of brand new dollar bills with his signature printed
on them, just in case I would have a chance to get his
autograph on one.  At the end of the ceremony, he joined
Secretary of the Interior (and ex-Idaho Governor) Dirk
Kempthorne and Mint Director Edmund Moy as they passed out
quarters to the children in attendance.  I was able to get
his attention before he hustled out of the area and he did
sign three of the bills for me.

"So, in answer to your question, at least one of your
readers has gotten a signature in person, although I don't
really collect them."

Sam Deep writes: "At an ANA Convention in the 1990's -- I
don't remember which one -- I stood in front of Mary Ellen
Withrow as she signed a Series 1995 two-dollar bill for me.
Years later my grandson Josh received a printed (machine
signed?) version that's not too shabby. I gave mine to Josh
for his collection. It will appear in his exhibit on odd &
curious paper money at the Baltimore ANA."

David Ganz writes: "I do collect autographed notes of both
Treasury Secretary and the Treasurer.  But the one that is
most interesting to me is that dollar bill are received as
a gift from my younger sister, Dr. Sandy Ganz, a world-class
physical therapist.  A number of years ago, Sandy was given
Nicholas Brady, the Bush-I Treasury Secretary as a patient
at a New York hospital for special surgery, where she was
head PT. She gave him a copy of my book, "The World of Coins
and Coin Collecting", and he provided an autograph and a
letter of thanks to the older brother (me). Sandy has had
many other famous patients ranging from Pancho Gonzalez,
the tennis star, to Mrs. David Rockefeller, and many of
them received that book, but the unique signature only has
come from Secretary Brady."

 TREASURY SECRETARY PAULSON ON THE FUTURE OF THE CENT
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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