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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 11, March 15, 2009, Article 17

COIN COLLECTING AND SNOW DO NOT MIX

The following items are from the April 1892 issue of The Numismatist. -Editor
Henry Hill, that eccentric coin crank from Worcester, related how at one time late in the evening, he bought 800 copper cents and having no other way, attempted to carry them home in his pockets. The night was dark and it was snowing and blowing hard, and it was difficult travelling through the drifting snow. As he was about to step upon the sidewalk in front of his house, after crossing the street, one of his pockets gave way and the copper cents came rolling down his legs into the snow.

He said nothing to any one, but went up to his room and emptied his remaining pockets. He got a shovel and going out to the scene of his mishap, shoveled the snow over the fence into his yard. In a day or two it began to thaw, and for the week following he was picking up copper cents out of his yard. He finally recovered all but one.

A neighbor of mine who was a baker once played a trick upon a creditor of his. He had bought a bill of flour amounting to $2400,00 and when the man came to collect it he told him he would pay it if he would take what coppers he had. He agreed, but was somewhat chagrined when the hired man was called in, and with an iron bar moved out a stout chest full containing 80,000. The story of people paying of large debts in small change appears to be quite old.



Wayne Homren, Editor

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