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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 14, April 4, 2010, Article 17

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS APRIL 4, 2010

Dave Hirt writes:

On the 1909 proof cents in the J.S. Jenks catalog. They really did NOT sell for under face value. I pulled my copy. Under Terms and Conditions, each lot is sold so much per PIECE, except proof sets. So the 14 pieces sold for 5 cents EACH, or 70 cents.

Jim Duncan writes:

That word FIRST in relation to the Victoria Cross should, I think, have been qualified in the heading. The very first Victoria Cross was, as I understand it, awarded to Seaman Charles Lucas, 18 years old, who picked up and threw overboard a Russian shell with the fuse still burning, thus saving his ship, HMS Hecla, 21 June, 1854. He eventually became a Rear Admiral.

Twenty-four Crosses were awarded by Queen Victoria at the first investiture held in 1857. Surely, the first went to a Navy man who would have gotten a blue ribboned Cross. (This changed to the claret colour with the advent of the Royal Air Force). The American Unknown Warrior of WWI was awarded a Cross too.

Tony Hine adds:

The largest collection of Victoria Cross medals is currently held by Lord Michael Ashcroft, Baron of Chichester, who is deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in Great Britain, and a prolific writer on VC medals, and other causes he chooses to champion. See www.michaelashcroft.com for links to his articles.



Wayne Homren, Editor

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