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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 27, June 30, 2013, Article 12


1811 Half Cent 2-Star Die State
In his review of the catalog of the Tettenhorst collection of half cents, last week Alan V. Weinberg wrote:

It is supposed to be a complete variety collection of half cents but I noted a blatantly missing 2 star diebreak 1811 half cent.

Bill Eckberg writes:

The 2-star break is not a variety. It is an intermediate die state of the 1811 C1, between the "perfect die" and the "4-star break." Tett did have a 2-star break, which was sold with the Davy collection of errors and die state and other non-"A" coins.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MISSOURI CABINET OF HALF CENTS CATALOG AVAILABLE (

A Fore Letter Typo and Other Correcshuns

The introduction to an article last week was supposed to read

This article from London's Daily Mail discusses a crude counterfeiting operation recently shut down by police. -Editor

The wrong vowel made its way into the word. Greg Adams was the first to comment, writing " Interesting typo… But quite appropriate".

Steve Rush writes:

Your note on London counterfeiters being shit down by police brought a smile to my face early on a Monday morning!

Well, it was a crude counterfeiting operation. Glad they didn’t film it for reality TV…. Several others readers caught this too, including Larry Dziubek, Tom Sheehan, William Mills, George Huber, and David Sundman. Paul Schultz calls out a numismatic error in the newspaper article - see his note in another article in this issue of The E-Sylum,

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: LONDON COUNTERFEITERS PAINTED FAKE LEAD COINS (

Joe Boling pointed out another oversight. He writes:

You probably should have corrected Howard Berlin's "forward" to "foreword."

Sorry I let those slip. The forward/foreword mixup is a common one.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: HOWARD BERLIN REMEMBERS DICK DOTY (

And here's a minor correction submitted by Fred Weinberg about the fabulous U.S. half cent he bought in Europe. He writes:

I just found out that I bought the coin in the first quarter of 1977, not 1975.........

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: DISCOVERING THE FINEST 1794 HALF CENT, HIGH RELIEF HEAD (

Karl Kabelac writes:

In the press release for the 20th edition of Paper Money of the United States which appeared in last week's issue of The E-Sylum, I believe the end date for the 14,348 national banks listed in the book should be 1935, not 1929. (I see it is given as 1935 in my copy of the 19th edition.)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NEW BOOK: FRIEDBERG PAPER MONEY OF THE U.S. 20TH EDITION (

Leather-Bound Edition of Tohv Estonian Book
Joe Boling writes:

EESTI VABARIIGI RAHA Last week you mentioned Allan Tohv. Allan Tohv donated a leather-bound edition of his 2011 Estonian book to the International Bank Note Society library. Since that is now resident at the ANA library, that's where I delivered the book. I also asked Allan to sign it when I received it, something he said was not a common European practice and he was not comfortable doing. But he did it. Unfortunately, since it is a non-standard binding (one of 25, as I recall), and signed, the ANA probably has it in the rare book room and it can't circulate.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NEW BOOK: ESTONIAN COINS AND BANKNOTES (

Query: DeAndrea Book on Silver Coins
Dave Ginsburg writes:

Is anyone familiar with the book "Silver Coins: Where Did They Go and Why" by Vincent F. DeAndrea (1984)?

Dr. DeAndrea was an economics professor at Quinnipiac University and I'm interested in finding out what time period his book covers (in case it covers the mid-19th Century).

This is not one I have in my library, and I'm not familiar with it. Anyone? -Editor

The Worst Craft Idea Ever
It's non-numismatic, but Gar Travis forwarded this item sure to scare the bejesus out of us bibliophiles. It's a link to a video for a craft project involving the ghastly mutilation of books. I couldn't bear to watch it.

To read the complete article, see: The Worst Craft Idea Ever [Updated] (

On National Savings Systems Scrip
Eric Schena writes:

Thanks for posting the National Savings Systems scrip ad from David Klinger - I had never seen that before and it is the first thing I have ever encountered that relates to how they were used. The only other thing I've run into on them is a Library of Congress acquisition listing for a pamphlet that John Byars forwarded my way. I think I may have to head downtown to the LoC and see if I can look at that pamphlet.

National Savings Systems One Dollar front

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON CASH SAVINGS CHECKS (

Susan McMillan Proclaimed ANA Summer Seminar Dean

Joe Boling sent this report from the American Numismatic Association summer Seminar in Colorado Springs. Thanks. -Editor

At the first week banquet, the students, staff, and faculty of Summer Seminar installed Susan McMillan as Summer Seminar dean. The proclamation follows. She was obviously pleased by the action. Virtually every attendee signed the accompanying authentication document - it was covered face and back.


Susan McMillian
is recognized for promoting fellowship
and encouraging fun
while guaranteeing
learning and scholarship.

By consent and demand of
students, faculty, and staff,
she is hereby installed as
Summer Seminar Dean
and is from this date entitled to
all rights, privileges, and recognition
appertaining thereto.
Proclaimed this 27th day of June 2013.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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