On The San Francisco Mint Gold Ledgers
Historical and Numismatic Researchers/Authors Richard Kelly & Nancy Oliver write:
"This is in response to the recently advertised sale of Old San Francisco Mint Ledgers. As the historians of both the 1st and 2nd San Francisco Mints, we feel that material of this type, as well as being Government issue, should remain in the National Archives, and not lost to the public domain."
I was quite surprised myself to see examples of these ledgers for sale on the open market. I would think it would be easy for the government to claim that these records would not have been officially discarded from the U.S. Mint or National Archives.
As Ron Lerch pointed out, "The government is currently operating with a right of replevin (reclaiming ownership) of any previously owned document, ledger, etc., regardless of the manner in which it was disposed."
Maybe Archives officials haven't taken notice yet. Or maybe they did authorize deaccession - is that why some of these ledgers are coming out now? Is anyone familiar with their source?
Dave Lange’s piece on Midas Coins reminded me of another one of my 1970s haunts. There was a Midas shop in northern Virginia (Annandale, I think) that was great fun for its evening auction once a week. Sellers would hang their items on little cards in rows across the wall, and buyers would crowd around, scribbling their competing bids. A progenitor to eBay for which having sharp elbows sometimes helped!
Dutch Coin Hologram Video
P. K. Saha forwarded a copy of a video showing a hologram feature on a new Dutch coin. We can't located the URL of the video on the web, but I placed a copy in our Flickr archive. Check it out - as the coin is viewed from different angle, it displays a message in a series of letters. Neat!