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The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 5, January 29, 2012, Article 10


John Pinches Advertising Medal
Harry Waterson forwarded this eBay item. Noting:

I don't know many numismatic businesses that could blow its own horn so attractively.

John Pinches medal John Pinches medal reverse

Can anyone tell us more about John Pinches and his work? -Editor

To view the complete ebay item, see: John Pinches advertising self promotional art medal medallion London C19th VGC

Colonial Jack's Long Walk
Last week I wrote about "the 9,000-mile walk of John Albert Krohn, who walked all around the perimeter of the United States in 1908, distributing tokens along the way."

Arthur Shippee writes:

Given the token and date begun, I imagine he started westwards, eh? He'd have to, right? Just think of the weather if he'd gone the other direction.

According to one account, "he set out from Portland on June 1, 1908, walked across the northern border to Seattle; went South to southern California; and then walked east across the deserts, Texas, and the deep South, before finally turning north around Pensacola, Florida. He returned home on July 21, 1908" -Editor

Mike Metras writes:

That's an interesting medal Krohn had - seems he sold it to make money for his walk. I found a couple others medals of his and interesting histories with a quick search on Google. Seems he was also known as Coronal Jack. From some of the pages I saw, I guess we aren't the only ones to have crossed the US on foot. We did meet one other cross-country walker. Jim Bragg a retired farmer from northern Wisconsin walked across the US in four years, three months at a time.

On Wealth and Theft
Alan V. Weinberg writes:

Regarding the suggestion that only a wealthy man can be trusted not to steal from a numismatic institution: What about the prominent surgeon who was a Fellow at the American Numismatic Society and stole millions in ancients, overdates, etc from their vault shelves to which he had unimpeded access? He was expelled from the ANS and successfully criminally prosecuted.

There is scarcely a collector of any wealth range - poor or fabulously wealthy - who hasn't from time to time had access to something numismatic he /she coveted and momentarily contemplated a theft. It is then that their upbringing, their love of the hobby, their respect for other numismatists and the thought that they'd have to forever possess the stolen item(s) in utter secrecy that kicks in and shakes the thought out of their mind.

For once the prized item is possessed, there is no joy left other than to exhibit it to other numismatists from time to time and to relive the enjoyment of initially acquiring it as reflected in their viewers' reaction and admiration. And you cannot do that if the item is stolen.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THOUGHTS ON THE ANA MUSEUM THEFT (

Pride of Publication
NBS webmaster Bruce Perdue writes:

In response to the typesetting article I'd like to add that while I have never set type, I am engaged in an 'almost" the modern day equivalent when I code a web page, in that when I look at the end result I can take pride in my work and see the results immediately and know that it is available on the internet to the world.

I'd also like to remind the E-Sylum readership that I am currently running for Vice President of Central States Numismatic Society and would appreciate their support.

Notes from Joe Boling
Here are notes on from Joe Boling on multiple topics from last week's issue:

New Subscriber Jeff Bercovitz : It's Jeff Bercovitz - he uses the abbreviated form (bercovi) in his email address.

Ingrid Smith and the U.S. Mint Dies: What happened to Ingrid Smith is an example of the saying that "no good deed goes unpunished". When the US Mint needed assistance from the Royal Canadian Mint in finishing some dies back in the early '80s (Susie Bs, as I recall), a shipment of said dies was purloined. When offered to Ingrid in her role as a dealer, she bought them to return to the US Mint. As I understand it, not only did she not get recompense for her considerable expense, she was blacklisted from entering the US thereafter. What a travesty.

Roman brothel token and Treasure Trove Laws: Regarding Bob Dix and his earlier-than-recently-found Roman brothel token - he is quoted as saying that he is "eagerly waiting to hear what the experts say." More than likely, the first thing they will say is that he violated the treasure trove acts in failing to offer his piece to the local coroner, and they will give him no end of grief about it. What, me cynical?

Berbice and Demerara : Berbice and Demerara are both names of rivers in British Guiana.

Facebook Currency : O, goody! Facebook credits! I'll wager some hacker has already counterfeited them. Of course I'm cynical!

To read the earlier E-Sylum issue, see: Volume 15, Number 04, January 22, 2012 (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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