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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 15, April 14, 2013, Article 12


Wall Street Journal Features New Doty Book
Dennis Tucker writes:

Pictures From a Distant Country Dick Doty's new book, Pictures From a Distant Country: Seeing America Through Old Paper Money, was selected for a feature in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, with several colorful illustrations. If you subscribe to the Journal, check out Saturday's “Review” section!

I’m sure you’ll agree: if any of our colleagues deserves national recognition for his work, it’s Dick Doty. In Pictures From a Distant Country he’s created a wonderful volume, beautifully illustrated, with his famously entertaining way of telling a story. Pictures should easily leap the gap that too often divides “numismatic books” from “mainstream American history books.” As a publisher I’m always looking for manuscripts with that potential --- it’s a way we can expand the hobby community.

I don’t have a current subscription, but a reader forwarded this image from the article. Thanks! "Cash With Flash" - I like it! I understand not all of the editions had this printed in color. Do we have a new numismatic ephemera collectible here?

WSJ Doty, Dick 2012-03-13 WSJ

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2013 ANA Summer Convention Exhibiting and Speaking

Paul Hybert passed along this announcement about Exhibiting and Speaking at the 2013 ANA Summer Convention: -Editor

The ANA's 2013 Anniversary convention will be held in suburban Chicago on August 13-17, Tuesday through Saturday -- near O'Hare airport, at the same venue as in 1991, 1999, and 2011. At this early date, the ANA web site has some planning information available; details on the actual events will appear later, once they are finalized. See

It takes time and effort to create an exhibit; the Exhibiting page at has links to the rules, application, and an essay on preparing an exhibit. The application must be received at ANA by June 21. Exhibits vary in size and scope -- from a one-case specialized exhibit, to a ten-case sampling of a topic, or anything in between.

Exhibiting does take a commitment of time -- the exhibits must be in place by the Tuesday morning opening of the convention, and the exhibits cannot be removed until very late on Saturday afternoon (when the convention closes).

The Numismatic Theatre of years past has been renamed as Money Talks; the page at has links for proposing a talk at the summer convention. The speaker's proposal must be received at ANA by June 5; in some years, the schedule filled up before the posted deadline, so do not procrastinate.

Send any questions to the local committee at (that is not a typo -- it means we have a little experience!)

On John Work Garrett's Senate Race
Tom DeLorey writes:

Garrett Senator pinback Garrett's Senate race was news to me. A reference can be found here:

Paul Bosco writes:

Whitehead-Hoag bought the patent for this kind of political button in the 1890s and in short order (meaning 1896) it was doing a large business in the stuff. Garrett's campaign can probably be dated to an exact year from the exact form of the printed inner disc on the pinback side.

Fred Michaelson writes:

I found nothing about J. W. Garrett running for office, but in his book about the Garrett collection, Dave Bowers writes that Garrett entered the diplomatic service in 1901. He served in the Hague, Berlin, and Rome. His first ministerial post was in Venezuela from 1910 to 1911, then three years as minister in Argentina. At the outbreak of World War I he was appointed as a special agent of the State Department to assist Myron T. Herrick, the U. S. Ambassador to France. In 1917 he was named minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg. In 1918 he became chairman of a special diplomatic mission to Berne, Switzerland, where the treaty with Germany regarding prisoners of war was signed on November 11, 1918.

After the war he returned to Baltimore and served as secretary general of the Conference on the Limitation of Armament in Washington, 1921 to 1922. President Hoover appointed him as American ambassador to Rome in 1929, a position he retained until 1933. During these years, he had the opportunity to observe the dictatorship of Mussolini. Upon his departure he was given the Grand Cross of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus, the highest order conferred on anyone except royalty by the king of Italy. Again, these are the words of Dave Bowers. This is the closest thing I could find to any political activity by John Work Garrett.

Pete Smith writes:

John Work Garrett never ran as a candidate for U.S. Senate. In 1922 he ran for the Republican party nomination to run for Senator from Maryland. The nomination went to incumbent Joseph France who lost in the general election. In January 2013 a somewhat rusty campaign pin for Garrett sold for $45.08.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUERY: JOHN WORK GARRETT SENATORIAL RACE INFO SOUGHT (

Reed Hawn 1803 US Large Cent Price
Regarding Bob Metzger's question about lot #1112 in Stack's Reed Hawn Auction Sale of December 1993, W. David Perkins writes:

The “Hammer Price” per the Stack’s prices realized for Lot 1112 in the 1993 Reed Hawn Sale was $475.00. There was a 10% buyer’s fee charged in addition to the hammer price, thus Bob paid $522.50 plus any postage and / or handling Stack’s may have charged at this time.

Pete Smith also confirmed the catalog listing. Thanks, folks!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 7, 2013 : Query: Reed Hawn Sale Hammer Price Sought (

The U.S. Mint's Five-Star Generals Coins
Joe Boling writes:

I ordered my Five-Star Generals set during the opening hour, and had them within a week, so I got mine out to look at the variable frosting that James Bucki wrote about. Sure enough, the differences on the reverse of the dollar are easily seen. At 4x or 5x, the lamp looks a bit yellow. One thing they were not able to do was leave the open areas of the crest on the lamp showing the lamp's degree of frost - those areas share the less-vivid frost of the rest of the crest. On the reverse of the half dollar, where that crest is the whole design, they easily were able to leave the open areas alone, showing the mirror finish of the rest of the fields.

I had no trouble at all placing the order for this set and the Girl Scout dollar, a Montford Point Marines medal, and a roll of the McKinley dollars. Either the mint has gotten their website fixed, or there was not much ordering pressure for these coins. I suspect the latter.

Howard Daniel III writes:

I could not believe the designs of the 5-Star Army Generals Coins! All of the generals were handpicked by General Marshall, and he should be on the gold coin and not General MacArthur! General MacArthur should have been court-martialed for his disastarous defense of the Philippines! And he was relieved by President Truman for not following orders! If he did not like the orders, he should have resigned. Was there any input from World War II and Korean War historians?

On the other coins, General Eisenhower should be in the superior position and paired with General Bradley because the latter was Ike's subordinate. And MacArthur should be with the General Arnold on a coin, and the latter in the superior position. General Arnold's air force did more to force Japan to surrender than General MacArthur!

I know a VERY active collector of General MacArthur memorabilia and often find new items for his collection. I will continue to look for new pieces for him so he will be shoc

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE U.S. MINT'S LASER FROSTING TECHNIQUES (

On Curved Coins
Fred Michaelson writes:

When the Mint sells these concave/convex baseball coins, they ought to offer a handle (at an extra cost, of course) so that it could be used as a spoon---perfect for eating at a ball game.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 7, 2013: More on Curved Coins (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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