We've had some great advice from readers on how to safely remove a coin or medal encased in Lucite, but Alan Luedeking has a different problem.
Perhaps four years and hundreds more E-Sylum readers will make a difference. In early 2006 I asked if anyone knew how to remove a rare banknote from its heat-laminated plastic tomb. I got no answers. I have not been able to discover how to dissolve or vaporize the plastic without harming the paper or inks embedded within. Perhaps it is a technical impossibility, like restoring a scrambled egg to its original state in the shell. Nevertheless I haven't given up hope... Please help!!"
Gary Niditch writes:
On a related topic, about 15 years ago I visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and purchased in their gift shop two blocks of Lucite each containing a new $1 bill. Both are 1988 district 7 (Chicago).
I have no idea if these are still sold at the BEP.
I still find these intriguing. I have no idea how they could create a block of Lucite with the bill almost perfectly centered so that it looks like it's floating without damaging the note.
Any clues, readers?
Back on the topic of Lucite-encased coins, Alan V. Weinberg forwarded a link to this recent eBay sale - an 1819 Bust Half Dollar encased in a Lucite company 150th anniversary souvenir.
To read the eBay lot description, see:
1819 CAPPED BUST HALF DOLLAR PAPERWEIGHT 1819 50c
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON COINS AND MEDALS EMBEDDED IN LUCITE
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