I haven't gotten much feedback from Howard Daniel's rant inspired by the "Occupy" currency item. One reader summed up both responses with a simple, straightforward "Don't get yer knickers in a twist, Howard!". Our readers self-police their comments pretty well. I did cut some of Howard's response, but could have cut more. Thanks for not letting this snowball - we all agree we want to stick to numismatics. The politics behind the creation of an item is important to note, but needs to be done objectively.
I'd noted that NOW is the time to be collecting such numismatic mementos of the protests, and I was glad to see an Associated Press article this weekend about museums that have been clamoring to do just that. Here are some excerpts.
It may be only a few months old, but Occupy Wall Street is already collectible.
More than a half-dozen major museums and organizations from the Smithsonian Institution to the New-York Historical Society have been avidly archiving materials produced by the Occupy movement.
Staffers have been sent to occupied parks to rummage for buttons, signs, posters and documents. Websites and tweets have been archived for digital eternity. And museums have approached individual protesters directly to obtain posters and other ephemera.
The Museum of the City of New York is planning an upcoming exhibition focused on the protests.
To keep established institutions from shaping the movement's short history, some protesters have even formed their own archive group.
They have stashed away hundreds of cardboard signs, posters, buttons, documents and banners.
To read the complete article, see:
Collecting frenzy surrounds Occupy Wall Street ephemera, from protest signs to tweets
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT DOLLAR BILL
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