Volume 14, Number 53, December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas, everyone. I managed to get this newsletter out despite the holiday week. I'll do my best next week, but be aware that I may not be able to get everything in due to holiday travel.
Among our new subscribers this week are Eugene Meadows, courtesy of Bob Neale, Shimon Nussbaum, Robert Carrell, Jr, Pat Stovall, and Mohsen Jafari. Welcome aboard! We have 1,488 email subscribers, plus 168 followers on Facebook.
This week we open with a note from Fred Lake and notice of three new numismatic titles. In other topics, readers reminisce about Ed Milas of RARCOA and provide more background on the demise of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine.
To learn more about sculptor Daniel Chester French, the Chicago Continental Bank silver dollar hoard, the Challenging Literature of A.M. Smith, read on. Have a great week, everyone!
Fred Lake forwarded this note about a postponement of their next sale. Our best wishes to Joan in her continued recovery. -Editor
With my wife Joan recovering from recent surgery we are postponing our sale #110 until Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The sale will feature selections from the library of J. R. Frankenfield who was a prominent figure in Early American Coppers. Other consignors to this sale will round out the catalog to include fine works in World coinage, Tokens and Medals, Paper Money, etc.
The catalog will be posted to our web site during the latter part of January, 2012 and I hope you will find some items of interest. Bids may be sent to us via regular mail, email, fax, or telephone.
I will be at the F. U. N. show in Orlando from January 3rd through January 8th in my capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of this wonderful organization. If you are going to be attending the show, send me an email requesting my cell phone number and I will send it to you so that you can call me while you are on the bourse and we can meet and "say hello".
Again.....Happy Holidays, Fred
Bagchee.com announced a new title in India numismatics this week: Beauty in Money by S. Suresh. -Editor
Beauty in Money: Numismatic Art and Technology of Early South India: Up to and Including the Pallava Period
Art historical studies have hitherto been mostly confined to sculptures, paintings, furniture and jewellery. Boldly moving away from the conventional approach to the study of coins as mere economic entities, the present volume is the first systematic, comprehensive and analytical study of ancient Indian coins as objects of art. Coins, like historical monuments, sculptures and paintings, have a symbolic meaning behind the visual form and epitomize the socio-religious conditions and the art traditions in which they emerged.
S. Suresh is currently an ICHR Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Sudharsanam Centre for Arts and Culture, Pudukkottai (Tamilnadu). He has been a Consultant at the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the TVS Educational Society, Chennai. He was earlier Research Fellow at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the French Institute of Pondicherry (India) and Visiting Professor at Sorborne IV University, Paris (France).
For more information, see:
Beauty in Money
Another new title announced by Bagchee is Methodology of Numismatic Study and History-Writing by -Editor
Authors (s): Sitaram Dubey (Editor)
Numismatics is one of the most valuable sources of ancient history. This volume includes 17 research papers in English and 16 in Hindi. They deal with different aspects of the subject under reference and provide valuable data for the furtherance of the numismatic study and history writing. The development of coins, seals and sealings and the economic history are directly related with the development of a civilization and culture. Therefore they provide us short yet authentic information about metallurgy, weight, signs and symbols, legend, manufacturing technique etc.
They are not only an important piece of evidence for the reconstruction of history of their times but also help in substantiating a known fact. Inspite of an important archaeological source they should be used very cautiously as evidence for history writing. They have a plethora of information about the political and cultural history of the period they belong to and may be studied in the light of their mode of exchange, manufacturing technique, symbols and symbolism, legends, scripts, classification, statistical data, metal analysis, artistic evaluation, socio-economic perspectives etc. The book is very useful for the researcher in the field of Numismatic and Sigilography.
For more information, see: Methodology of Numismatic Study and History-Writing (www.bagchee.com/books/BB69922/methodology-of-numismatic-study-and-history-writing)
And yet another new title announced by Bagchee is Age of Traikutakas: Coins, Inscriptions & Art by Suraj A Pandit. -Editor
Authors (s): Suraj A Pandit (Author)
This book is an attempt to understand contribution of Traikutakas, a dynasty in North Konkan in 5th-6th century CE. This book deals with various types of data related to Traikutakas. First two chapters deal with the political career of the Traikutaka kings and issues related to their chronology. Third chapter deals with the 5 important copper plates of their 'Age' as well as the coinage issued by Traikutaka kings. Translation of two of these copperplates is published here for the first time. Forth chapter narrates the cultural background of 5th and 6th century CE with the help of Epigraphical, Numismatic and Art historical Data. Here an attempt is made to understand Art historical data with archaeological methods. Next Three chapters deal with Architecture, Sculptures & Iconography and their Chronology. The last chapter is a brief review of the book with the concluding remarks.
This book mainly deals with the development of art in this region mainly under Traikutakas and also talks about the motivating factors behind such specific developments in art and architecture. There is an attempt made to assess the contribution of Traikutakas to this change and continuity as the ruling dynasty of the region.
Born on 22nd March 1977, Dr. Suraj A. Pandit is working as Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology at Sathaye College, Mumbai. He is also Chairperson of Board of Studies in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology, University of Mumbai as well as member of Academic Council, Faculty of Arts, Board of University Teaching and Research in the faculty of Arts, Research and Recognition Committee in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology in University of Mumbai.
His specialization is Indian Buddhism and Buddhist architecture and archaeology. He did his Doctoral thesis on 'Kanheri Caves', a group of caves in Mumbai representing Western Indian Buddhist Rock-Cut Architecture, under the guidance of Prof. A. P. Jamkhedkar. He had received the K. T. Telang Research Fellowship in Indology of Asiatic Society of Mumbai in the year 2006-07. He has been delivering lectures for various courses under Mumbai University as well as in Pune University. He has total 19 paper published on his name in International as well as National journals.
He was working a visiting faculty for Post Graduate courses in History in SNDT University while he is a recognized teacher of the University of Mumbai. He has been in teaching Under Graduate and Post Graduate students of University of Mumbai and SNDT University, Mumbai for last 12 years. He is actively involved in the creating awareness among masses about the preservation of Heritage and delivered numerous public lectures on different monuments and heritage of Mumbai.
He has worked as consultant for the Ajanta Site Management Plan and Sisupalgar Site Management Plan. He had organized various seminars and workshops on Indology, Epigraphy, Buddhism and Heritage Conservation.
Presently he is working as Coordinator on a 'Research Project' on critical Editing of Manuscript in the possession of Asiatic Society of Mumbai, funded by Government of India. He has completed several projects funded by ICHR and American Institute of Indian Studies in the field of Epigraphy and Art History.
For more information, see: Age of Traikutakas: Coins, Inscriptions & Art (www.bagchee.com/books/BB69226/age-of-traikutakas-coins-inscriptions-art)
Bob Schreiner forwarded this announcement from Tom Carson, coauthor of the e-book on the money of Chattanooga, TN. Thanks! -Editor
The electronic book chronicling the history of money in Chattanooga is now free online. Co-authors Dennis Schafluetzel and Tom Carson have decided to give it as a present to the residents of the Gigacity. This is the most comprehensive book ever written on a region's money. The massive number of color images makes this cost prohibitive as a printed book, but an excellent example of the power of high speed internet. Starting with the pre-Civil war state chartered banks there are color images of hundreds of notes - many unique. There are histories of the banks and many of their officers.
Money was scarce and during periods of economic uncertainty and people and institutions of standing in the community were forced to print money to allow for the continuation of commerce.
Hoarding caused by the Panic of 1857 forced prominent cotton merchant I.S. G. Martin of Eufaula AL to issues notes. He was well regarded and the notes freely circulated.
The Confederacy did not make coins so change was made by Change Notes issued by prominent businessmen.
You can spend hours at http://www.schafluetzel.org/Chattanooga$/index.htm learning the history of money in Chattanooga. This is a living work and you can contact Dennis Schafluetzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Carson at email@example.com with items to add.
To visit the site, see: http://www.schafluetzel.org/Chattanooga$/
THE BOOK BAZARRE
Pete Smith was the first reader to report the passing of Ed Milas, longtime coin dealer and founder of RARCOA. -Editor
Milas' obituary didn't mention his numismatic career:
Dam Hamelberg writes:
I was sorry to hear about the passing of Ed Milas. My first meeting with Ed was at his downtown Chicago offices (now occupied by Harlan Berk). When I entered his office, I was taken by a framed mint director appointment hanging on the wall. It was signed by Washington for the appointment of Rittenhouse. Needless to say, I was most impressed and to this day I can't remember what we discussed during our meeting.
We were occasional bidding competitors at major auctions. I recall us bidding on the Jimmy Hayes 1794 Half Dollar at the first auction it appeared in after it originally sold in the Stacks Hayes Sale. Ed was the winner in the bidding at a nearly 6 figure amount. ( I believe it sold for around 55K at the Stacks sale) Ed held the coin for several years and eventually decided to run it thru one of the grading services. It came back MS 63 and he was upset. He made a few disparaging remarks on the eyesight of the graders, and I told him it didn't really matter since it had to be the finest known. I believe that coin sold the last time it appeared at auction for around 500K.
Ed had a good eye, and I learned much from him over the years. We also had a non-numismatic topic to talk about when we met. Both our daughters attended Illinois Weslyian University in Bloomington Illinois. Ed had many great accomplishments along the way including being one of the originators of the Apostrophe auctions and being instrumental in successfully marketing the Chicago Continental Bank silver dollar hoard. Ed was never shy in sharing his opinions, and had a most definite impact on the hobby. He will be missed.
Some RARECOA catalogs, courtesy of Tom Wetter
Dave Bowers writes:
I was sorry to learn of the passing of Ed Milas, long time friend and professional colleague. At the request of Wayne Homren I share some reminiscences and give some biographical information.
I don't recall when I first met Ed Milas, but it was probably in the 1960s when he traded as the Gold Stella Coin Co. I recall asking him why he picked that name, and he replied that it would attract attention and everyone would know what it meant. He rose into prominence when he acquired the Rare Coin Company of America (RARCOA), a name created by Benjamin Dreiske as the new designation for Ben's Coin Company.
In the 1970s RARCOA (Ed liked it to be spelled in all capital letters) joined Stack's, Superior Stamp & Coin Co., and Paramount International Coin Company in the conducting of the so-called "Apostrophe Auctions," such as Auction '79. As some readers may remember, each firm had 500 lots, for a total of 2,000, emphasizing scarce and rare issues. The order of presentation of each company was changed each years. Later, when Paramount faded, former Paramount executive David W. Akers took their slot.
Ed Milas' "eureka!" moment was the handling of a vast hoard of long-stored silver dollars owned by the Continental Illinois Bank. With a comfortable fortune, Ed embarked into some other ventures including real estate development. RARCOA maintained its importance and handled many rarities. I recall that the company discovered the previously unknown 1870-S half dime, which was sold and then consigned to my company for auction.
From 1983 to 1985 he was president of the Professional Numismatists Guild, the same time frame that I was president of the American Numismatic Association. We both participated in various events of the era, including accepting a request by the U.S. Mint to testify before Congress on hearings regarding the forthcoming commemorative coins for the 1984 Olympic Games. Alan Cranston, a powerful senator from California, had dreamed up the idea with his pal, Armand Hammer, of Occidental Petroleum Co., that Occidental should handle the entire marketing of the coins. The Mint was aghast at the idea. Other hobby leaders were there as well. We prevailed, and henceforth the Mint was in charge, as it is today. Later, and unrelated to the coin proposal, Cranston was disgraced and censured by the Senate. On another occasion Ed and I joined others in a reception hosted by President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden.
Ed Milas and his RARCOA business continued to prosper, and in time he added overseas operations including Hess-Divo, Ltd., of Zurich. He collected several specialties, including territorial gold coins. His impressive cabinet of half eagles was consigned to Stack's for auction. He also collected just about every honor that can be bestowed to a professional numismatist.
Ed wrestled with health problems and quite a few years ago came to a convention with his head bandaged, from brain surgery he had earlier. In recent times he struggled with cancer and lost. Ed was dynamic businessman-knowledgeable, not at all political, and ever ready to make a good decision after appropriate study. A listing of rarities he handled would be lengthy. I last had occasion to write about him in 1979 when I gave the biographies of numismatists who had handled 1804-dated silver dollars.
Ed Milas will be missed and well remembered by all those who knew him. May he rest in peace.
To see the NBS Bibliography page on the Apostrophe sales, see: 'APOSTROPHE' AUCTION SALES (wiki.coinbooks.org/index.php/%27APOSTROPHE%27_AUCTION_SALES)
John and Nancy Wilson submitted these thoughts on the late John R. Eshbach. -Editor
On December 4th, 2011 at the age of 90 the numismatic hobby lost one of the most enthusiastic, humble and dedicated numismatists who ever lived, John R. Eshbach of Smoketown, PA. We have known John for many years crossing paths with him and Jerry Kochel at major coin conventions from coast to coast. We always enjoyed talking to John (and Jerry) usually in the Exhibit area of the convention we were both attending.
John was one of the best exhibitors we have ever known being the recipient of many Best-in-Show Awards. He was a certified ANA Judge and always did a masterful job when performing that assignment. We always enjoyed our many conversations at the conventions we attended. John and Jerry taught a course on exhibit preparation at the ANA Summer Seminar some years back. He had been an exhibitor and Judge for ANA since 1960.
John was not only a numismatist for over 50 years, but in his youth he served our country as a Technical Sergeant in the U. S. Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific during WW ll. After the service he went to and graduated from Hershey Industrial School. He worked for RCA as an Electrical Engineer, and retired after 36 years.
John belonged to many coin clubs at all levels, but had a passion for the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) and the Red Rose Coin Club (RRCC). He received many awards and honors during his time in the numismatic hobby. From the ANA, he received in 1987 the Outstanding Club Representative Award; the President's Award in 1998; the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 2000; the Medal of Merit in 2001 and the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award in 2009. In 2007, John along with Jerry Kochel received the Joseph E. Boling Award for Excellence in Judging.
He ran the ANA Board of Governors in the 2007-09 election. It is unfortunate that he wasn't elected to the Board as his wisdom in the hobby would have helped the ANA greatly. We think that in 2012 John would have received his 50 year medal from ANA at their annual World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA.
At the recently completed ANA National Money Show held in Pittsburgh, PA., PAN held a dinner at one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, the Le Mont restaurant. At the dinner three numismatists were honored with the PAN lifetime achievement award, Dick Duncan, John Eshbach and Gerald Kochel.
Above is a picture of House of Representative member the Honorable John Maher, presenting a citation from the Pennsylvania House outlining their achievements to John Eshbach. Dick and Jerry also received this coveted honor. In 1992 John R. Eshbach received the Krause Publications Numismatic News Ambassador Award. This is one of the greatest honors anyone can receive. The recipients are picked by previous award winners.
Just how does anyone become interested in the hobby of numismatics? In John's case his interest started with his daughter and her coin club at school. Thanks to his daughter, we along with his many friends were fortunate to have John R. Eshbach as a friend and fellow numismatist for many years.
John's life can be summed up with this rhyme: For when that one great scorer comes to write against your name; he writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the game. John played the game of life in an honorable, loving and honest manner and will be missed by us, his thousands of friends around this great country and his family. You will be missed John, but never forgotten. All of our prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Larry Gaye adds:
John Eshbach sure was a presence at many ANA Conventions and always helping someone to make sure the convention was a success. I for one will miss the conversations I had with John.
Kerry K. Wetterstrom, Editor/Publisher of The Celator writes:
In response to your query in last week's E-Sylum, I have some of John Eshbach's Showcase holders. My set of Red Rose Coin Club medals is housed in Eshbach holders, in addition to some other miscellaneous coins.
Eshbach holders are quite common among the "older" collectors here in Lancaster. Members of the Red Rose Coin Club that were active collectors during John's production heyday (1980s) all seem to have one or two of his holders.
I was not aware of any legal lawsuit that would have caused John to cease his production of his holders, but then again, I never asked. I will, however, ask some of our older RRCC members if they know the details of this lawsuit.
Also, as another testament to John. In 2008, the Red Rose Coin Club celebrated its 50th anniversary. The club has a tradition of issuing an updated printed history every 10 years, and we had been saving money the previous ten years to pay for the 50-year history. The only problem is that we couldn't find anyone to write it. As I was president of the club in 2008, I repeatedly asked for a volunteer to no avail. Finally, John came to me, and said he would write the history. Not only did he write it, but he also designed and typeset it using his computer.
John spent the last few years working on this project. At our club's most recent annual banquet, held on November 17th, John was in attendance with his granddaughter, Jessica Miller. She quietly mentioned to a couple of our members (Sam Nolt and John Long) that John's prognosis was not good, and if there was any way they could finish up the booklet in the next two weeks, it would be greatly appreciated. John Long went to the printer, explained the situation, and the printer produced three copies, one of which was presented to John Eshbach the following week.
I visited John the day after Thanksgiving, and he showed me his copy of the Red Rose Coin Club's 50-Year History. He didn't say anything about it, which was not unusual for him, but I could tell he was proud of the finished product.
The Red Rose Coin Club of Lancaster, PA is the host club of the 2012 ANA World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia next August 7-11, and I am the Host Club Chairman. If it were not for John Eshbach's influence and guidance, I doubt that our club would be the host club, nor would I be the chairman. Hopefully, we can help the ANA produce another blockbuster convention, and honor the memory of the quiet, distinguished ex Marine from Lancaster, Pennsylvania that lived the Corp's motto until the very end: Semper Fidelis -- "Always faithful."
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: READER THOUGHTS ON JOHN ESHBACH (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n52a06.html)
Tom DeLorey submitted these thoughts and recollections on the end of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine. Thanks! -Editor
I was working at Coin World in early 1976 when Numismatic Scrapbook was axed, and the in-house scuttlebutt at the time was this. Amos Press had originally been contracted by Scrapbook founder Lee Hewitt in the 1960's to print NSM for him. He later sold the publication to Amos Press in the late 1960's.
Printing NSM required the purchase of a certain type of press to handle that particular magazine format. Because the press was idle much of the month, Amos Press started World Coins Magazine in the same format to utilize the down time for the press. When I started working for Amos Press in December of 1973, I was an advertising proofreader who read ads for CW, NSM and WCM. Several staff members routinely worked two weeks on NSM, then two weeks on WCN, then back to NSM. The overhead of the two magazines was thus spread out over both.
Krause Publications' new World Coin News newspaper (I think it was biweekly then) deeply cut into WCN's monthly business, just as CW's weekly format had deeply cut into NSM's monthly business back in the 60's. By 1975 WCN was losing money, while NSM was making slightly more money than WCN was losing (or so we heard). As a pair they were pretty much a wash.
After an attempt in 1975 to promote NSM to the point where it might stand alone, a financial decision was made in January of 1976 to eliminate WCN. Since this would have dumped all of the overhead on NSM to the point where it would now be operating at a greater loss than the preceding joint operation, it was decided to axe NSM at the same time. Several editorial and production people were laid off.
NSM and WCN features continued in CW for a while, but eventually just faded away.
To read an earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUERY: COIN WORLD NUMISMATIC SCRAPBOOK SECTIONS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n50a05.html)
Stacey inherited a rare silver dollar worth millions. The expert who appraised her coin is a football player for the Chicago Clout. WILD WORLD by Ginger Rapsus, an e-book available from Amazon.com.
On Numismatics and Wall Street
There were two very expensive middlemen between Kagin/Contursi, owner of the $7.4 million Brasher Doubloon, and the Wall Street Hedge Fund buyer. John Albanese and the Blanchard firm. Since Chicagoan Walter Perschke's Virgil Brand-pedigreed Brasher Doubloon is on the market for $6 million and is unsold, it may be reasonably inferred that Kagin/Contursi's specimen was priced at about the same level or less as it has been a financial burden around their necks, costing them an initial $2.9M in 2005 and subsequent financing bringing it to $4.6 million as of the Los Angeles ANA- which was what I was told there by one of the principals.
A little basic math reveals that the two middlemen cost the Hedge Fund buyer approximately $1.4 million. Had the allegedly intelligent Hedge Fund buyer done just a little investigation, he'd have discovered the actual owners of the two available Brasher Doubloons on the market and dealt directly with them. It was well known in the numismatic marketplace of these coins' availability and approximate asking prices. Indeed, just "Googling" Brasher Doubloon would have revealed the current owners and that the Kagin/Contursi specimen has been widely publicized and exhibited at ANA conventions for several years.
These Wall Street types are supposed to be alert , imaginative and outstanding businessmen. Not! No wonder they are at the crux of our national financial problems.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: BRASHER DOUBLOON SELLS TO HEDGE FUND (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n52a22.html)
Libertas Americana Talk
The 40th annual meeting of Societe Americaine pour l'etude de la Numismatique francaise (SAENF) will take place at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 7, during the New York International Numismatic Convention (Waldorf Astoria Hotel, January 5 through 8).
Richard Margolis will present a slide illustrated talk entitled, "Libertas Americana: Benjamin Franklin, Clodion, Dupre, and others".
Renaissance Portrait Exhibit Article
To read the complete article, see:
David C. Klinger submitted these thoughts inspired by a new acquisition and a web search that led to the Numismatic Bibliomania web site. Thanks! -Editor
I recently bought this book on eBay with the title listed as: US MINT and COINS, by A.M. Smith, 1881.
When I opened the book to examine the front matter, I became confused as to what the title of the book really was.
I recognized the book as one I had seen before in the ANA library, but here, there appear to be alternative titles such as Illustrated History of the US Mint, or COINS and COINAGE , or The UNITED STATES MINT, PHILADELPHIA. None of these matched the title on the spine of the book.
After only a few minutes of internet research I realized that I am not the first to be puzzled by an A.M. Smith book. I found this excellent web page by NBS past president Pete Smith, titled: The Challenging Literature of A.M. Smith. It is based on an award winning exhibit Pete made in 1996. It says it all, and answered my naive questions in a very professional way.
To visit the exhibit web page, see: The Challenging Literature of A. M. Smith (www.coinbooks.org/about/exhibit_amsmith.html)
THE BOOK BAZARRE
Dave Lange dug out this item from his files to answer a question from last week's issue. Thanks! -Editor
Regarding the circulation of half dimes in Cuba after they were discontinued by the U. S. Mint, this is confirmed by a newspaper account from the Havana Post in 1900. I believe I took this clipping from a Bowers & Merena periodical many years ago:
"Americans who visit the interior of Cuba are surprised beyond measure when they are given change from small purchases in cafes. The old American half dime, which is no more in circulation in the United States, is used in the interior towns of Cuba, where it passes for two and a half cents. All of these coins are punched and were brought t Cuba many years ago. When the bangle craze had died away in America, and there were thousands of these half dimes which had been punched and were useless, some clever Yankee conceived the idea that they could be circulated in some way in Cuba and other West Indian islands. The plan worked well, and ever since that time they had been passing for two and one half cents."
By "the bangle craze" I'm assuming they mean love tokens. If these old holed and/or engraved coins went out of fashion as jewelry, I suppose they could have been returned to circulation this way. Neither article says anything about a specific punch or counterstamp. Any other references to this use of old half dimes would still be appreciated. -Editor
To read the complete article, see: U.S. HALF DIME CIRCULATION IN CUBA (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n52a21.html)
Cliff Mishler submitted this great overview on our recent subject of irradiate Dimes. Thanks! -Editor
I've absorbed with interest the items on "Neutron Irradiated Dimes" that have appeared in recent editions of "The E-Sylum."
I just may have the largest accumulation of these offerings in captivity; nearly full three double row boxes. Most of them were accumulated over a span of roughly 30 years, from the early 1970s through the 1990s; I probably paid in the range of $2 to $3 for most of the pieces. I have purchased very few pieces for which I paid at the $10 and above level.
These pieces come in several varieties, some of which have not yet been enumerated in the published references that have been made to the issues. Here is a quick list, generated from my accumulation, which may not be complete, as I may have overlooked something lurking in the accumulation:
Aluminum Encased with Plastic Window: