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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 37, September 4, 2011, Article 20

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

On Temporary U.S. Mint Facilities
John Mutch writes:

The recent threads about mint buildings and coins struck outside of them made me take notice of eBay items 160644041547 (which comes with a COA stating that it was made by the mint, in the Government building at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in 1909) and 150655578815 (which does not state where it was made, but could have been done in the mint exhibit at the Columbian Exposition in 1893).

Alaska Yukun Pacific medal Government Building token

This side topic has generated some useful information. Thanks, everyone! Anyone know of other potential 'temporary" U.S. Mint sites? -Editor

Gene Hessler on 'What's My Line'
Gene Hessler writes:

I, too, was a guest on What's My Line in the 1970s, when Larry Blyden was the host. However, programs from that time period were not saved or do not appear on YouTube. At the time I was the curator of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum and they didn't guess my occupation.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NUMISMATIC PERSONALITIES ON "WHAT'S MY LINE" (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n36a07.html)

Star Wars Characters at the 2011 ANA Convention
Kerry Wetterstrom writes:

I read Pete Smith's comments in the latest E-Sylum about the characters from Stars Wars wandering the bourse floor of the Chicago ANA convention. As I walked past them on Tuesday, I commented "Wrong convention guys!" Only later did I find out that the New Zealand mint is issuing a set of Star Wars commemorative coins, and that Darth Vader and his comrades were there to help promote this new series. Not my "cup of tea," but based on the activity at the New Zealand booth, there are still Star Wars fanatics out there, even at a coin convention!

Eric Holcomb writes:

In regard to Pete Smith’s comments about the Star Wars characters at the ANA in Chicago, they were a promotion for the New Zealand Mint. According to the ANA, “The New Zealand Mint went all-out to promote its new Star Wars series.” I have a photo at the mint booth (supplied by ANA) that will be published in the MintMark (ANA Club Rep Program newsletter).

New Zealand Star Wars coins

Ralph Winter did a similar double-take at the convention.

On Earthquakes and Hurricanes
DC earthquake devastation Regarding the "DC Earthquake Devastation" picture, Scott Barman writes:

I'm a little disappointed with the picture. It is a recycled image that has been around the Internet from various earthquakes, high wind events, and whatever tickles someone's fancy. Especially with the actual damage, it just wasn't funny.

However, my dogs' reaction was funny. I wasn't home; I was with my wife at an appointment when the ground began to shake. After it was over, I turned to her and ask, "was that an earthquake?" It just didn't register! When I came home, I found my dogs huddled in the kitchen. They never stay in the kitchen when we're out. But they were just so glad to see me, they clung to me for hours!

The other natural disaster this week was the hurricane that hit the East coast. Spink Smythe issued an email notice on August 29th announcing the postponement of their August 30th sale.

Due to Hurricane Irene and flight delays that have affected much of the Spink staff, Spink has decided to move the Collector's Series Sale, originally planned for Tuesday, August 30th to Thursday, September 1st. The Waldorf Collection, originally scheduled for August 31st, will remain unchanged.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY: AUGUST 28, 2011 (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n36a14.html)

Coin Compositions
Dave Lange writes:

I agree with Dick Johnson that there is no point in debating a new composition for the cent when the coin is hopelessly obsolete. A point which never seems to come up during such debates is that even a coin costing less than one cent in materials will cost far more than that to manufacture, store and distribute.

I would have loved to attend the NBS functions, as well as Bill Burd's library tour, but anyone who works a commercial booth during ANA conventions is pretty much a prisoner of said booth. I did have a chance to speak with Bill earlier that day and thank him in person, and I envy those who got to attend his reception.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: DICK JOHNSON: ALUMINIZED-STEEL NOT A VIABLE CENT ALLOY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n36a13.html)

Coin Laundering at the St. Francis Hotel
Dave Lange adds:

The policy of the St. Francis Hotel to wash all the coins it dispenses pops up in the news every few years, and it was reported even more often in the local press when I lived in that area. It's a quaint tradition and one that is no longer necessary. The problem of ladies' white gloves becoming soiled corrected itself about 40 years ago when both hats and gloves ceased to be required fashion accessories.

Also overlooked is that our current clad coins do not tarnish the way that silver coins did. Anyone who has sorted through silver coins looking for better dates will know how it becomes necessary to wash one's hands afterward, but I don't see this happening with the coins in use today. At a time of such high unemployment, it's amazing that someone can still be employed in such a useless activity.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL'S MONEY LAUNDERER (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n36a17.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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