Gar Travis and others forwarded snippets of information about the new movie "Dear John" and its numismatic subtext.
Ron Guth writes:
Regarding the "Dear John" movie...my teenage daughter asked me over dinner if there was such a thing as a mule. I thought it was a trick question about the animal, but she meant a coin. Apparently, Channing Tatum has a rare mule that he takes to a coin shop, where he is offered little or no money for the coin. He decides to hang onto it and sells it later for thousands of dollars. Is this numismatic sub-plot compelling enough for me to see the movie? NO! My wife convinced me to watch Amanda Seyfried in "Mamma Mia." That was quite enough, thank you.
American Numismatic Society librarian Elizabeth Hahn writes:
I admit that I have no desire to actually go see this film, but was curious to know what the numismatic sub-theme was. There is an ample description on Wikipedia that explains all manner of the theme, so for anyone interested in spoiling the plot, see:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: DEAR JOHN MOVIE'S NUMISMATIC SUBTHEME
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