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The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 16, April 15, 2012, Article 15


Leather Medal of Georg Hulbe
Regarding an eBay sale lot, Harry Waterson writes:

I hope this went to a bibliomaniac. It does seem a perfect fit. A leather medal by a bookbinder advertising his wares. With a wonderful misspelling!

Georg Hulbe leather medal obv Georg Hulbe leather medal rev

QUICK QUIZ: So who can spot the mistake? Click on the images to see larger version on our Flickr archive. -Editor

To read the complete eBay listing, see: Leather medal of Artist -- Georg Hulbe --- Hamburg-- Berlin -- Very Rare (

Atwood Token Catalog Editions

Bill Burd writes:

I'm probably not the first to tell you that a 6th Edition of the Atwood-Coffee Catalog of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens was issued in 2007.

I have a copy in my library along with the first edition 1958 Atwood; the 2nd edition 1963; 4th edition volume one 1983.

Actually, Bill WAS the first, but right on his heels was Dick Grinolds, who writes:

There was one minor biblio error in David Gladfelter's story on our friend John Coffee. The Atwood-Coffee Catalog Of United States And Canadian Transportation Tokens is now in its sixth edition published in 2007 and not the fifth as mentioned in the story.

The cover color of the familiar thick catalog has graduated from the old familiar red to maroon to forest green to the current royal blue of the sixth edition. There have been yearly (I believe) cumulative updates of the monthly new additions and corrections to the catalog published in a softcover booklet and offered to the membership of the AVA each summer.

As mentioned, Volume Two - History And Encyclopedia Of Transportation Tokens (tons of information and photos!!!) and Volume Three - Die Varieties have not been updated.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: FARE BOX EDITOR DR. JOHN COFFEE SIDELINED BY INJURY (

Another Reader Bit By April Fools
Leon Parev writes:

I was totally taken in by the MacNall article. I thought, don't these guys ever learn? Glad to learn it was a prank

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ANA TO NAME NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (

Coins of the Sultan of Swat
Mark A. Brown of Syracuse writes:

I read with interest the report of reactions to your April 1 announcement of the startling choice of a new executive director for the ANA. I had written an April 1 article for inclusion in our local East Syracuse Coin Club newsletter, but found at the April 2 meeting that seemingly all 105 members had been taken in by my fabrication.

For what it's worth, and for the enjoyment of the apparently more alert audience of the E-Sylum, I give the article below:

A numismatic first is reportedly scheduled for release on April 1st.

The island of Swat, one of those innumerable oil-rich sultanates, is issuing its first coinage, beginning with gold and silver coins honoring local hero George H. Ruth, who became the first Sultan of the nation when it won independence from its neighbors in 1935. At that point Ruth set aside his earlier role as a playboy sportsman and settled down to the serious duties of a statesman, though he never lost his interest in the world of sports.

Ruth was an unusual choice for the nation's first leader. His father was an American and so many considered him a yankee, but he actually had dual citizenship and returned intermittently to the capital city of Bahstn, where he always made a big hit and where he was first recognized as a charismatic leader.

The coins are being issued in unusual dual denominations. The gold coin is marked as a 100 euro coin, but also marked in the equivalent in the slightly inflated local currency, which works out to the unusual denomination of 2217 arbiyaye. The 1 euro silver coin is also denominated as 714 hoamrz.

We've seen somewhat unusual denominations from other countries, once in a while-you may recall the St. Lucia coins mentioned in the January issue, one for 2 livres, 5 sous and another for 6 livres, 15 sous, for example-but surely the numbers 2217 and 714 have never before come up as the value of a coin.

Nor are any of us likely to see them again.

Corrections: April 8, 2012
Pete Mosiondz, Jr. was the first to report the typo in last week's Featured Web Page article. A close second was Jim Duncan of New Zealand, who writes:

Man, Elizabeth THE FIRST handing out the Maundy coins - I'll have a set please!

Right. We'll correct this to read Elizabeth II. Sorry!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: FEATURED WEB PAGE: QUEEN HANDS OUT MAUNDY MONEY (

Dave Lange writes:

When I first saw the photograph captioned "Adjustors in the 1850s," I immediately sensed two errors: The style of dress is wrong for the that time period, and a photo of that quality and depth could not have been achieved in the 1850s. I was starting to think 1890s, when I noticed that the date 1897 appears right on the photo itself.

Mint women adjusters 1850s

Joe Boling writes:

The link to the video on women at the Mint and BEP returns this message: "This video has been removed by the user. Sorry about that."

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: WOMEN AT THE U.S MINT AND BEP (

Joe Boling smelled something funny in this quoted Wikipedia entry:

"Hewitt commissioned sculptor Jules Edouard Roiné of Paris for the design and the medal "offered a stinking frontal bust in high relief."

Joe writes:


A Poet Defines 'Coin'
Dick Johnson writes:

Poet David Orr defines "Coin" in the February 6, 2012 issue of The New Yorker, as: "two faces, divided, together." Wished I'd said that!

Wayne Homren, Editor

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