The first is the one everyone has seen - with the bowler hat & prince nez glasses.
Of course, it should be pince nez glasses. Leon Saryan potted a big one in Dick Johnson's comment about the American Numismatic Society and the Hispanic Society of America. He writes:
Is it true the ANS Hispanic collection is only worth $30?
This is what I published:
ANS made $6 million by moving (twice) but lost a $30 collection because they moved.
Of course, that should be $30 million. Back to Nick Graver, he found one in this note about a J. L. Polhemus counterstamp:
Most of these are found on coins from the mid-18th century. This example on an 1833 dime is one of the earliest dated United States coins known with this stamp.
This should have said mid-19th century. Nick spotted a number of others (thanks!) but one's worth mentioning since it.s an easy mistake to make because the words sound so much alike. In this passage, the word medal is used where metal was meant.
... it requires about three days to deposit enough medal, say a 1/16th inch, to give the electroform enough strength so it won't malform.
Sorry about those, folks. I'm lucky we don't find many more mistakes each week. These bulletins get slapped together in whatever free moments I can find during the week. Now I'll take my turn and point out a problem in a commercial mainstream newspaper:
QUICK QUIZ: MEDIA'S NUMISMATIC BOO-BOO OF THE WEEK. This is an easy one - spot the bollixed-up numismatic term in this story about a hoard of gold and silver coins. -EditorThe discovery of millions of dollars of gold and silver coins sparked an FBI investigation and led to the firing of a high ranking brokerage company leader. The bouillon was being stored in a home, owned by the former vice president of St. Louis-based investment firm HFI Securities Inc.
At one point, Don Weir lived in the Town and Country home where he kept the collectibles, now in the hands of the FBI.
"His estranged wife called the president of the brokerage firm late last week and suggested he might want to come over and take a look at her basement," says Albert Watkins, HFI attorney.
Watkins says much of the money was being held for investors who dealt directly with Weir.
"The company had no knowledge this was being done and certainly that this quantity of gold was being purchased and, of course, it goes without saying that no one had any idea he was maintaining a miniature Fort Knox in Town and Country, Missouri," Watkins says.
Shortly after being confronted with the coin storage situation, HFI's attorney says Weir attempted suicide. He's expected to meet with investigators soon.
To read the complete article, see: Million dollar stash of coins found in St. Louis broker's basement (http://www.bnd.com/430/story/478619.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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