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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 33, August 10, 2013, Article 13

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: AUGUST 11, 2013

Humor Rubs Ron Wrong
Ron Guth writes:

I fear the E-Sylum might have been hacked by the likes of Anthony Weiner or Bob Filner (our mayor here in San Diego). using the name "Editor." That's the only explanation I can think of for the "addadictomy" reference in the latest issue.

I rarely know if many people get my humor, but at least I know some people are reading it... -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: JANE AUSTEN BANKNOTE PROMOTER THREATENED (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n32a15.html)

Meteorite Nitpicks
Last week I quoted an article about the meteorite fragments to be placed in certain Olympic gold medals:

Earlier this year, a meteor the size of a bus slammed into the Russian city of Chelyabinsk with the force of 20 atom bombs

Unable to contain himself, John Burns sent this note:

It didn't SLAM into the freakin' city, it was an airburst, ohhhh and how BIG ISSSSSSSSSSSS an atom bomb?????

John added:

The people of Chelyabinsk were extraordinarily lucky - the detonation occurred at approximately 20-40 miles up with an estimated blast of 500 kilotons. If this had occurred 4-5 miles above it would have obliterated the city with hundreds of thousands dead. The problem with saying "atom bomb" is they can range from a few kilotons to the monster TSAR BOMBA of 50 MEGATONS the Russians detonated in the early sixties.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: SOME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS TO CONTAIN RUSSIAN METEORITE FRAGMENTS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n32a13.html)

Leonard Questions Three Dollar Gold Mintage
Regarding the auction lot description quoted last week, Bob Leonard writes:

The lot description stated:

During its entire thirty-five year production from 1854 until 1889 only about 16,300 three dollar gold pieces were produced in total (compared, for example, with the nearly 600,000 Quarter Eagles struck in Philadelphia in 1854 alone).

Bob Leonard writes:

I can't imagine where this number came from: per the Red Book, the 1854 alone has a mintage of 138,618, and there are seven other dates with mintages above 16,300 each. (I will leave to someone else with more time on their hands to total the entire mintage.)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: BONHAMS TO SELL TACASYL U.S. PROOF GOLD COINS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n32a10.html)

The Man Who Almost Bought a 1913 Liberty Nickel
Dave Hirt writes:

The picture of the 1967 ANA auction catalog brought back memories to me. The 1913 Liberty nickel purchased by Aubrey Bebee was lot 2214. Of course that item was way, way out of my league, but I have always thought I came as close to it as I could, being the winning bidder on the previous lot, 2213, a 1912-S nickel.



Wayne Homren, Editor

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