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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 7, February 13, 2011, Article 15

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: FEBRUARY 13, 2011

No sign of 1872 Coin Hoard
Dave Lange writes:

I looked through the Kleeberg book for a reference to the 1872 coin hoard mentioned in last week's issue but couldn't find it. His book is challenging to use, since the hoards are arranged by supposed date of deposit rather than by date of discovery. Searching it requires fairly specific knowledge of the coins involved or at least their dates.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUERY: 1872 COIN HOARD FIND SOUGHT (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n06a19.html)

Was That 1804 Dollar Silver?
Joe Boling writes:

What was the fake 1804 dollar made of? If silver, it's still a nice Salvation Army contribution.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: FAKE 1804 DOLLAR DROPPED IN SALVATION ARMY KETTLE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n06a23.html)

A Grateful Dead Silver Round
Grateful Dead silver round Phil Iversen published A Numismatic Tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead" in the January 2011 issue of The Numismatist. At my request he sent me an image of the 2000 commemorative one-ounce silver round pictured in the article. Thanks!

More Voices Against National Collector's Mint

Nick Graver and Arthur Shippee forwarded an article from the New York Times that echoes the sentiments of the New York Daily News regarding the National Collectorís Mint's 9/11 "coins". -Editor

The company, which sells its coins and collectibles out of Port Chester, N.Y., hasnít stopped trying to turn tragedy into cash. For the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it has issued a commemorative coin bearing images of the World Trade Center and the U.S.S. New York, a ship built partly from ground zero steel.

It costs $29.95, a price that is hard to justify, no matter what claims the company makes about the source of the coinís silver coating. It is not real currency and has not been authorized or licensed by the United States government.

There is nothing wrong with companies selling memorabilia linked to moments of catastrophe or triumph, but both the law and basic decency should set some limits. These coins should come with big disclaimers: This product is 100 percent shame-free.

To read the complete article, see: .24 Karat Gall (www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/opinion/10thu4.html)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: LAWMAKERS ATTACK NATIONAL COLLECTOR'S MINT LATEST 9/11 "COINS" (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n05a23.html)

Forged Signatures on Remaindered Obsolete Bank Notes
Ron Ward writes:

A large number of remainders of Broken Bank Notes are showing up on eBay. There is nothing wrong with this. However, buyers should be aware that some are priced at higher levels than are realized at some standard auctions. The disturbing point is that at times one of these remainder notes, in UNC condition, shows up on eBay with new signatures and a written number thus converting the remainder to an excellent condition circulated note, thus doubling or tripling its value. These notes have black signatures rather than the faded brownish signatures on the old notes, and the signatures often appear scribbled.

I couldn't find it in the E-Sylum archive, but I believe this topic has come up before. Adding fake signatures is a shameful mutilation of a numismatic item. -Editor


Wayne Homren, Editor

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