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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 41, October 10, 2010, Article 17

QUERY: HOW TO REMOVE PAPER MONEY FROM A LAMINATED ENCASEMENT

We've had some great advice from readers on how to safely remove a coin or medal encased in Lucite, but Alan Luedeking has a different problem. -Editor

Alan writes:

Perhaps four years and hundreds more E-Sylum readers will make a difference. In early 2006 I asked if anyone knew how to remove a rare banknote from its heat-laminated plastic tomb. I got no answers. I have not been able to discover how to dissolve or vaporize the plastic without harming the paper or inks embedded within. Perhaps it is a technical impossibility, like restoring a scrambled egg to its original state in the shell. Nevertheless I haven't given up hope... Please help!!"

Gary Niditch writes:

On a related topic, about 15 years ago I visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and purchased in their gift shop two blocks of Lucite each containing a new $1 bill. Both are 1988 district 7 (Chicago). I have no idea if these are still sold at the BEP.

I still find these intriguing. I have no idea how they could create a block of Lucite with the bill almost perfectly centered so that it looks like it's floating without damaging the note.

Any clues, readers? -Editor

Back on the topic of Lucite-encased coins, Alan V. Weinberg forwarded a link to this recent eBay sale - an 1819 Bust Half Dollar encased in a Lucite company 150th anniversary souvenir.

To read the eBay lot description, see: 1819 CAPPED BUST HALF DOLLAR PAPERWEIGHT 1819 50c (cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350396168384)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON COINS AND MEDALS EMBEDDED IN LUCITE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n40a14.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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