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

NUMISMATICS AND TEDDY BEARS

Alan V. Weinberg writes: "Regarding the late Milt Friedberg's
collecting obsession with coins, currency, and Teddy Bears,
Perhaps Milt didn't know of their existence but there are
approximately 17 different highly detailed (bear fur and
claws and all) Teddy Bear shaped encased cents produced
from 1907-1910 with mint red Uncirculated Indian and Lincoln
cents enclosed, advertising different merchants from the
East Coast to Indiana.

"I formed a collection of these which grew to eleven
different pieces which I sold intact to a well-known
Alton, IL collector a few years ago. They'd become too
rare and too expensive for me to collect any further,
due largely to eBay. Many are unique or near unique. The
rarest pieces now sell for upwards of $1,500.   I might
have inadvertently started the craze myself when some 15+
years earlier I started advertising in the Numismatic News
and Coin World classifieds to pay $100 each for any Teddy
Bear encased that I needed, thereby creating a
'Frankenstein monster'.

  CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER OBITUARY OF MILTON R. FRIEDBERG
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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