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The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 17, April 22, 2012, Article 16


More on Verne Walrafen
Sandy Pearl writes:

Verne R. Walrafen Hobo Nickel The article on Verne Walrafen was a fitting tribute to a wonderful person. Verne was a tireless worker for the Original Hobo Nickel Society as our secretary and web master but he was a lot more. He helped many club members learn more about Hobo Nickels, helped a number of nickel carvers develop their techniques and was an active board member that quickly cut to the chase in a diplomatic, logical and effective manner. He was a nice guy - happy, friendly and considerate. It was a pleasure working with him.

Ray Williams writes:

I saw the obit for Verne R. Walrafen and was sorry to hear of his passing. We never met but we had a lot of communications about Gallery Mint products. He has a website dedicated to the Gallery Mint: .

There are some that do not appreciate the reproductions that the Gallery Mint made, but when I take my Red Book type set of NJ coppers to give a talk, a Gallery Mint "Date Under Plow Beam" and a "WM Variety" make it complete.

For 2002, the 350th Anniversary of the Boston Mint, I had the Gallery Mint make a punch for me. It is the script "NE" which is on the earliest of the Boston coinage. To commemorate the anniversary, I counterstruck NY State Quarters at the C4 Meeting at the 2002 NY ANA Convention. I also counterstruck MA State Quarters at the 2002 C4 Convention in Boston. You can see an example at .

For those that have an interest in counterstruck coins, there is a list of what and how many counterstruck coins I made. I plan to counterstrike no more, BUT if I live to be exactly 100, I will counterstrike more coins in 2052 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Boston Mint. There's so many ways to have fun in this hobby!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: VERNE R. WALRAFEN 1940-2012 (

Superman Check Sells For $160,000
Tom Fort writes:

The cheque paid to Superman's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster for the rights to their creation sold at auction for $160.00. I suspect that this is the most ever paid for a cheque. If I am wrong I am certain that you, or someone else knows the correct answer. The link to the article is here: Check that bought Superman rights sells for $160,000 (

Superman Check

The St. Cuthbert Gospel
On bibliophilic topic Tom Fort writes:

This story was on NPR earlier this week. The British Library recently paid £ 9,000,000 (about $14,000, 000) for the St. Cuthbert Gospel, the earliest surviving bound book known. It dates from 698 and has survived to today. This may well be the most amount of money ever paid for a book.

St Cuthbert gospel The Gospel, which is a manuscript copy of the Gospel of St John, is the earliest intact European book and is intimately associated with Cuthbert, one of Britain's foremost saints. It was created in the late 7th century in the north-east of England and placed in St Cuthbert's coffin, apparently in 698. It was discovered when the coffin was opened in Durham Cathedral in 1104 on the occasion of the removal of Cuthbert's body to a new shrine. The Gospel has a beautifully-worked, original, red leather binding in excellent condition, and is the only surviving high-status manuscript from this crucial period in British history to retain its original appearance, both inside and out.

To read the complete article, see: St Cuthbert Gospel Saved for the Nation ( nation.html)

Bill Dings
Katie de Silva writes:

This was shared on someone's Facebook page - have no idea of the source.


The Georg Hulbe Leather Medal Error

Regarding the error on the Georg Hulbe Leather Medal, Joe Boling writes:

Georg Hulbe leather medal rev On the Georg Hulbe medal, 20 first prizes, not prices. In The E-Sylum, it looked like there was an (incorrect) umlaut on the U of Hamburg, but on the Flickr archive, I can see that there is not. Also, I loved the item on the Sultan of Swat. The silver coin should have been 714 homrens.

Ginger Rapsus writes:

The medal said "first prices" instead of "first prizes."

John Mutch, Philip Mernick, Ken Spindler, and Jim Duncan also spotted the missing "prices". Jim adds:

I don't much like PURVEYOR OF either, surely TO is righterer.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 15, 2012: Leather Medal of Georg Hulbe (

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