Richard Doty of the Smithsonian Institution writes:
The fake t-drachm from Susa would not, hopefully, fool a four-year-old. As for Dr Bastien, I knew him; he worked with the SI collection. He was the best, and he'll be sorely missed.
Joe Boling writes:
Don't look now, but Bill Rosenblum is offering one of those Mercator map medals in his 10 June sale, lot 183. I told him to put 20x magnification on it and see if it is engraved or cast.
Philip Mernick writes:
Regarding the British Library digitising project, the article uses the abbreviation "m" many times. This is confusing (me), surely m is metres. If they mean millions I think they should use M. Whatever was intended, using abbreviations without defining them is pretty lazy writing. I would have expected better from the BBC!
Dick Hanscom writes:
The trip back East was good. We had to go down to Rhode Island for a wedding. Since almost all screw presses I have seen on eBay are in RI, I arranged to see some in hopes of purchasing one large enough to do my 1 oz. gold token.
Unfortunately, the largest they had was not large enough for my 1 oz. So, I purchased a small one just because. It should get here in a couple of weeks. I told my wife I wanted to put it in the living room, but she did not find that amusing. I believe it is a #2, stands about 6 feet tall on its table, and weighs in at about 700 pounds.
I thought it would make an interesting nut cracker - put it at the end of the couch with a bowl of walnuts.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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