John N. Lupia III writes:
I liked your article on the Standard Grill's floor of pennies. I thought you might like to know about an older American example of using coins in a pavement.
Silver Dollar Smith, a politician and saloon owner with his bar on Essex Street, New York, had one hundred silver dollars embedded in cement as a floor pavement design. After his death his son took over the saloon and customers began stealing the silver dollars out of the floor. More than twenty-two were missing before the son had the remaining dollars removed.
See The Numismatist, Vol. XV, No. 4, April (1902) : 113-114
I pulled that volume of The Numismatist off the shelf and read the article. It's short, but interesting; however, it does not include any illustrations. Can anyone locate an image of the saloon or its silver-dollar paved floor?
"Smith" is a common name and I had trouble locating much about him on the net, but I did find this article published March 6, 1889 in The New York Times. His saloon must have been an interesting place to visit. -Editor
To read the New York Times article, see: An Election Fraud Case: One of Silver Dollar Smith's Henchmen in the Toils (http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-
Wayne Homren, Editor
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