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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 19, May 9, 2010, Article 19


Dick Hanscom writes:

Concerning the new $100 bill - isn't it great that the Treasury gave such a nice description a year ahead of release so the counterfeiters could start gearing up for production? Perhaps this is not a legitimate fear, but I think it would be perfect for the small time counterfeiter, perhaps not for the North Koreans.

Phil Iversen writes:

Regarding the former display of $10,000 bills at the Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas, there is an interesting article entitled "Nine Feet of Awe" about them in the spring issue of The California Numismatist that may be of interest to readers. Check it out at

Removing Binions $10,000 banknotes

A direct link to the issue is . Nice article, which includes a discussion of how the notes were carefully removed from the 36-year-old exhibit. -Editor

Bob Leonard writes:

Leonard Curious Currency Even though I am not receiving royalties, I have been shamelessly promoting my book "Curious Currency" all over the place. I have arranged for a book signing at a local independent book store, The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, IL, for Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m.

I know that Fred Reed (on his own) set up a couple of book signings last year for his book, "Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness", one at the Abraham Lincoln Book Store.

Jessica Mullenfeld of Zyrus Press writes:

Million Dollar Nickels cover That new show on The Learning Channel, Accidental Fortune is doing a segment on the Walton nickel and it's supposed to air on May 13th. We're pretty excited about it because hopefully it'll increase sales for our book Million Dollar Nickels.

NBS webmaster Bruce Perdue writes:

I just returned from the 72nd CSNS Convention in Milwaukee. I was working on the loading dock as CSNS's representative to facilitate the unloading of vehicles, so I saw Orville Grady, Pete Smith and Howard Daniel to mention a few NBS members I saw. I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak at length with Howard Daniel who is always a delight to chat with. I even assisted John Burns in loading his vehicle so he could get on the road as quickly as possible. It is amazing the quantity of numismatic literature he moves around the country.

I would also like to thank NBS members and E-Sylum readers for their votes in the CSNS election as I am now a CSNS Board member for the next two years. speaking of the CSNS their publication, "The Centinel" is always looking for submissions on numismatics. I did get to spend some time with Gerry Tebbens who took over when Rollie Finner passed away last fall. He in particular is looking for YN submissions, however all submissions are welcome.

In regards to the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum: I was just in Oxford visiting my son who is getting his Masters Degree in Medical Anthropology this summer. (Actual graduation ceremony is September) While there we visited the Pitts River Museum that Ute Wartenberg Kagan mentioned in the article. I can attest to the huge quantity of anthropological material as it is my sons favorite museum and he took me there. The cases are jam packed with material and is as it was in my mind at least over one hundred years ago. Truly an amazing collection.

We were headed to the Ashmolean Museum, but weary legs, time and rain filled clouds conspired to send us in a different direction. I hope to return to visit Oxford again and will make sure to visit the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum.

One last item from the CSNS convention. I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Andrew Keene a YN, who is a volunteer ANA District Representative. He showed me some apps on his iPhone that relate to numismatics. One was no surprise it shows current precious metals prices, one lets you select any US denomination banknote and it will show you an image of the current note and allows you to look at previous notes. I don't know how far back it goes, but it was impressive. The third was a currency conversion app that also shows you what the banknotes of the country look like. Truly amazing technology. Is there an app for bibliomanics?

Wayne Homren, Editor

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