Volume 15, Number 24, June 8, 2012
As the saying goes, due to events beyond our control The E-Sylum may be offline for a time while we deal with a technology issue. Last weekend I began having problems with my laptop computer, and on Sunday morning my hard drive crashed for good. Luckily I had my draft and all of my tools available in the cloud and was able to publish the last issue using another machine. But borrowing the computer time needed to build another full issue isn't practical (my wife frowns on anyone touching her machine, and I know what's good for me).
So my pain, dear readers, is now your pain, too. I may not get everything properly restored ahead of Sunday's regular publishing time, so please bear with me. It could take a week or two to get fully back on schedule. Meanwhile, keep your submissions coming and don't despair if you don't hear back right away.
Fred Lake forwarded this note about his upcoming numismatic literature sale. -Editor
This is a reminder that Lake Books' 112th mail-bid sale of numismatic literature will close on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM(EDT). The 470-lot sale features reference material from the libraries of David E. Litrenta and "Bob" Yuell. Highlights include a complete run of John J. Ford, Jr. auction catalogs in the hardbound format, an original Loubat's "Medallic History of the United States" and many books and catalogs that detail Early American Copper information.
You may view the catalog on the company's web site at http://www.lakebooks.com/current.html and bids may be sent via email, fax(note the new number) or telephone until the closing time. Good Luck with your bidding.
We have the following coin books and these are the absolutely LAST QP books regarding coins that exist. (We have 12,000 lbs of stamps books to work on now) All are new and have plastic heat seal wrapping on them, and we are selling them as a lot only. They are-
The Coinage of Latin America and the Caribbean - 11 copies
Medallic illustrations of History Great Britain & Ireland - 1 copy
Brunk/World Countermarked Coins - 44 copies
Stewart/History First US Mint - 3 copies
Adams/Plates Hard Time Tokens - 34 copies
Storer/Numismatics of Massachusetts - 4 copies
Wright/ American Business Tokens - 2 copies
THESE ARE TO BE SOLD AS A TOTAL LOT AND ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL SALES !
I'm looking for $2,000 for these all together or your absolute best offer that is close. The first individual to contact me at or close to the asking price has them. Please email me, Dave Hoch, the executor of my Dad's Will, Alfred Hoch at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested Thank you in advance, -Dave
Ralph Rucker's copper envelope book has no ordering details, because it can't be ordered. Heritage Auctions printed copies for distribution free of charge to all members of EAC attending the Buffalo EAC convention. Additional copies are being printed in the next two or three weeks, and a free copy will be sent to every member of EAC with the next issue of Penny Wise.
E-Sylum readers that wish to receive a copy will need to join EAC ($39 per year). Dare I say the book alone makes the annual membership a bargain?
Here is a link for an EAC membership application
Bill Eckberg adds:
The project is a true labor of love. Ralph set up a table at the last couple of EAC conventions and asked people to bring in envelopes, which he would photograph/scan and about which he'd take information down. Production and printing were by Heritage at no cost to Ralph or the club. All they asked in return was to have a 1-page ad inside the front cover. EAC is paying for the mailing.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NEW BOOK: IDENTIFICATION OF 2X2 ENVELOPES (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n23a05.html)
Ken Berger writes:
I have always been proud of the fact that I was born & raised in New York (although I now live in California). Thus, I was surprised to learn that New York was originally written as New-York. I found this hard to believe. So I examined my colonial notes from New York and, sure enough, every single one had New-York. Then I started wondering, was this also true for New Jersey and New Hampshire. I examined the pictures of notes issued by these colonies in Eric Newman's book, "The Early Paper Money of America," and learned that both New Jersey and New Hampshire also used hyphens. I next examined the various copper coins which are depicted in the Redbook. However, I only found one coin which used a hyphen, the 1786 NON VI VIRTUTE VICI.
I then examined some period maps and learned that the Dutch did not use a hyphen in Nieuw Nederlandt. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to do research on New Amsterdam nor New Brunswick. However, I did learn from Newman's book that New Orleans, under Spanish rule (i.e. Nueva Orleans), did not use a hyphen.
It is fascinating what trivia one can learn from reading The E-Sylum.
It's what makes all of numismatics so interesting - there is ALWAYS something new to learn. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: RESPECT THE HYPHEN! (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n23a13.html)
THE BOOK BAZARRE
Ginger Rapsus writes:
When I was in Philadelphia in 2000 (for the World's Fair of Money) I recall visiting Ben Franklin's grave. Many visitors left cents, including myself. I saw a Canadian cent and an English penny, the old style kind, among the coins scattered on the headstone.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: COINS LEFT ON HEADSTONES (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n23a17.html)
Ken Hallenbeck writes:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: I read with interest the First Salute article from West Point. We also have that tradition here at the Air Force Academy. We love it at our coin shop as during the month of May prior to graduation we have a fair number of graduating cadets come in to purchase Morgan, Peace, Ike (for the cheapies) and 1 Ounce American Silver Eagles to be used for that purpose. The sales really aren't that much more, but it is interesting talking to the graduating cadets as to what they'll be doing and where they will be stationed. The graduation ceremony itself is always interesting and the fly over is something special. If we don't get to see the real thing, it will be on TV off and on for the next day.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS WEST POINT FIRST SALUTE SILVER DOLLAR TRADITION (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n23a18.html)