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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 30, July 26, 2009, Article 16

NUMISMATIC SOUVENIRS OF THE 1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE

Regarding earthquake items, Dave Schenkman writes:
I’ve collected “made from” and relic items for years, and in my bank box I located an interesting encased cent from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


1906 San Francisco Earthquake Lucky Penny obverse 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Lucky Penny reverse


Obverse text: SOUVENIR OF THE SAN FRANCISCO / EARTHQUAKE & FIRE / APRIL 19, 1906

Reverse text: LUCKY PENNY / TAKEN FROM RUINS AT / SAN FRANCISCO / BADLY DISFIGURED / BUT STILL IN THE RING

I really like this encased cent. It's a great way to dress up and give new life to a beat-up lowly cent - a harmless and interesting souvenir of a catastrophic historic event. I love the prize fighter allusion: "badly disfigured but still in the ring" and the double meaning of "ring", which could mean a boxing ring or, of course, the aluminum ring that comprises the encasement.

Dave adds:
For whatever it is worth, there are a couple of So-Called Dollars (HK-340-343) relating to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


Joe Boling adds:
There are also a raft of medals for the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.


THE BOOK BAZARRE

DAVID F. FANNING NUMISMATIC LITERATURE has released the latest issue of The Bookshelf. The July issue lists for sale 100 lots of numismatic literature from around the world. It is now available on the firm's Web site at www.fanningbooks.com .





Wayne Homren, Editor

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