Regarding dealer Jay Parrino, an E-Sylum reader writes:
Here are a few things I observed and heard years ago.
Parrino was said to have worked at a casino in Las Vegas known as 'The Mint'. Parrino's coin business was also known as 'The Mint'.
At the height of his coin career in the mid-90's, Parrino had a booklet prepared that
was inserted in the middle of a Coin World issue just before a major show. Unless
I'm mistaken, it was distributed just before the FUN show. The booklet contained most
or all of the expensive coins in his inventory at the time, including much of the fabulous
large cent collection he bought from Eric Streiner (with Stack's help).
Having never seen
anything like this booklet, before or since, I was very intrigued. I decided to add up the
prices in the booklet. As I recall, the total came to about $32,000,000.00. But there
was one item in the booklet that was 'P.O.R.'. That was a 1913 liberty nickel. I took
the liberty of adding $3,000,000.00 for the nickel, which made the total
Regarding the $1,000,000.00 display, I'm virtually certain there were never any
$10,000,00 gold notes used in the display. I believe these are unknown in private
hands. Although there may have been two separate displays, both would have
contained only $10,000.00 Federal Reserve Notes. The display that Parrino bought
had $10,000.00 notes from the New York district only.
Well, according to the newspaper article we excerpted last week, Parrino did once work at a casino, and the name "The Mint" is an interesting connection.
Regarding the million-dollar display of banknotes Parrino purchased,
Davd Lange writes:
I believe you misinterpreted my comments published in this week's issue when you observed that "The recreated version, later sold to Parrino, was made up of Federal Reserve Notes. -Editor"
My point was that neither the original nor recreated displays could have included gold certificates, as claimed in the newspaper article. FRNs must have been used for both editions, but that just doesn't sound as glamorous to the media.
I also wanted to expand on what Tom DeLorey said: The 1969 cut-off date applied only to the distribution of $500 and $1000 FRNs, which ceased to be issued on July 14. The 1949 date applied to $5000 and $10,000 notes.
Thanks for setting us straight. This is a good place to insert my 10-year-old son Christopher's riddle: "Is an old hundred dollar bill better than a new one?" Answer: Yes, a "hundred dollar bill" is $99 better than a "one".
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: COIN DEALER JAY PARRINO
Wayne Homren, Editor
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