An E-Book Compatible E-SYLUM
John Isles writes:
I use the web version of The E-Sylum to create a pdf file that I can read on my Sony E-reader. That way I can see the illustrations along with the text.
John provided me with a couple sample E-Sylum issues in .pdf format. If anyone would like to try them, let me know. If there is enough demand we can investigate making this format available each week.
An English Hammered Coin Forger?
Peter Gaspar writes:
Last week The E-Sylum featured website (grunalmoneta) offers for sale an astonishing range of, apparently unmarked as such, forgeries of hammered British coins. I am certain that it was not your intention to promote the sale of counterfeit coins, but that is in effect what occurred.
We've mentioned Dave Greenhalgh and Grunal Moneta before, most recently when his latest book was published by Galata Press in April 2010. Paul Withers wrote:
The research for this guide involved him travelling to over 130 museums throughout the UK and the rest of Europe to study, record and photograph their holdings of relevant coins. He was also privileged to view important private and trade collections which were not normally available to view.
Some people will know the author better as Grunal, or Dave the Moneyer from his appearances as a moneyer in full kit, making coins at the Tower of London, the British Museum, or a dozen and one other places.
His coins may be great replicas, but there's nothing clandestine about his work.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: THE GALATA GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL HALF GROATS
Artist Ryan Gander's $25 Quarter
Kay Olson Freeman writes:
London artist, Ryan Gander, will have exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum, starting Oct. 1, 2010. Included in the exhibit is a bronze $25.00 coin minted by a coin-maker. It's supposed to be his comment on what a quarter will be worth in 2027 because of inflation. I have no comment on the validity of any of his "art."
Kay included a link to the piece about Gander in The New York Times. The mention is at the bottom of the third article on the page.
To read the complete article, see:
Fresh Perspective on Familiar Pop Master
What About Coin Bombs?
It's non-numismatic, but true book lovers will appreciate this title from the philatelic world. I found it for sale on Leonard Hartman's July 7 Friends of the Bibliopole Newsletter:
The History of Mail Bombs Philatelic & Historical Study by Dale Speirs
The first recorded mail bomb was in 1764 in Denmark. A mail bomb is known from 1881 in Australia, and in 1895 a letter bomb was sent to Baron de Rothschild in France, which exploded when he opened it. Letter bombs and package bombs continue to date. 2010, 128 page card, 60 pages in color
Wayne Homren, Editor
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