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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 11, March 16, 2008, Article 14

GLEANINGS FROM RECENT NUMISMATIC PERIODICALS

[Every now and then I find a little time to mention some
interesting articles and tidbits appearing in recent numismatic
periodicals.  Readers are invited to do the same - there's far
more great stuff out there these days than any one of us can
read, let alone comment on.  Bob Rhue did just that this week
- many thanks for the head's up the Starred Reverse cent
Article, which is discussed in the next item. -Editor]

LIGHTHOUSE COLLECTION SAVED FROM EARTHQUAKE
Alan Herbert's Coin Clinic column in the March 11, 2008
Numismatic News (p38) has a neat bit of numismatic trivia
about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.  Farran Zerbe
(mis-spelled "Faran" in the article) "was in San Francisco
the day before the earthquake of April 18, 1906, and wanted
to see the J.D. Lighthouse collection of Roman and Greek
coins.  Lighthouse reluctantly agreed and removed the coins
from the Palace of Art and took it to his home for Zerbe to
view.  By the time Zerbe was finished it was too late to
return the collection to the Palace of Art.  The next morning
the earthquake destroyed the Palace along with the safe and
all its contents."

PHILADELPHIA GOLD HOARD OF 1872
The April 2008 issue of The Colonial Newsletter has a number
of good articles, but I especially enjoyed John M. Kleeberg's
piece on "The Philadelphia Gold Hoard of 1872" (p3235-3263).
The article recounts and analyzes the discovery of the hoard
which was reported at the time in the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The New York Times, and the American Journal of Numismatics.
Two of the finders of the hoard took pieces to William DuBois
of the U.S. Mint, who reported that the dates of the coins
ranges from 1660 to 1749, consisting of "gold coins of Spain
and Spanish America, France and Portugal."  Kleeberg discusses
the known contents of the hoard of about 50 coins, which
included two Brasher doubloons (Lima style, 1786 and New York
style, 1787).   He also makes a good case that the hoard had
been assembled by a man named Peter Kurtz who lived at the
location during the period when the coins freely circulated.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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