A U.S. Mint in Chicago?
Ginger Rapsus writes:
Was a U.S. Mint in Chicago ever planned, or even considered? Anyone know?
California Gold tokens
Howard Daniel pointed out this example of California Gold at the Gerhard Hirsh web site. The sale takes place February 17-19, 2011.
Tom DeLorey writes:
The Hirsh California gold token picture appears to be one side each of two different pieces in a lot of three different pieces. Illustrative minimalism at its finest.
The piece on the left is dated 1903, as is the third piece of the lot. I would guess that they are souvenir tokens sold at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, but that is just a guess. The Eureka design has been used on many souvenir tokens, and I have no guess as to its nature.
To read the complete lot description at the Gerhard Hirsh web site, see:
1/8 Dollar 1853 California Gold
Marshall Faintich on Prof. Weir's Article
I sent a link to Prof' Weir's article to Marshall Faintich, author of Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins. He writes:
Thanks for sending me the article - I hadn't seen it before. This coin was not mentioned in my book. There are so many examples that I could not include all of them. And ancient examples are particularly difficult because the numismatic references showing all of the coins and their variations are not neatly contained in only a few books.
A Finder's Challenge Coin
An E-Sylum reader forward this article about the awarding of a Challenge Coin to a man who returned a found wallet.
An act of altruism earned a Knight alumnus token of high honor from the UCF Police Department on Jan. 20.
On January 19, anthropology graduate Matt Newton noticed an abandoned wallet and cell phone in the downstairs men's restroom of Howard Phillips Hall. Newton said he glanced around for the owner but didn't see anyone.
To Newton's surprise, the wallet contained more than $200 and several debit cards. Instead of going on a shopping spree, he turned it over to the UCF police.
Newton was awarded a UCF challenge coin, a token rewarded to those who perform an honorable act.
To read the complete article, see:
UCF alumnus awarded challenge coin
A Bibliophile's Chair
Stephen Pradier writes:
This is a real item for someone who lives in cramped quarters. What do E-Sylum readers think?
Penny Loafers Cost A Bundle
Finally, a note of humor from Dick Johnson:
Catalog received this week. Ralph Lauren penny loafers are $99. You furnish your own pennies. I like the colors: Bugatti Blue, Porsche Orange, Jaguar Green, Cognac, Sage Suede, and, oh yes, brown.
They bear the wearer's favorite sport word on the heel: POLO. Make mine read POGS.
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